Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Review - Swept Up by the Sea by Tracy and Laura Hickman

Determined to seek his fortune, Percival Taylor leaves behind his sleepy hometown and sets out to become a legendary pirate. The only problem is, no one at the rough-and-tumble seaport of Blackshore will allow him anywhere near a ship! Percival must find other means to win the heart of the beautiful Tuppence Magrathia Paddock, who has mistaken him for a pirate rogue out of one of her romantic books. She is entirely willing to swoon into his arms if he can prove his buccaneer soul and she will even arrange her won kidnaping to prove it. Percival eventually finds himself captain of a broken-down ship, complete with a crew of reluctant pirates, a jilted fiancée, a reclusive master shipwright, and an old professor with a magical secret that could kill them all. Join the strangest assortment of characters you ll ever meet on the Nine Seas as they set sail for treasure and romance!

Review by:  Scott

4 stars

When I was offered a chance to review a new book by Tracy and Laura Hickman I was stoked.  Reading the original DragonLance books was what really ignited my love for reading.  While I normally wouldn't be excited to read a book billed as "A Romantic Fairy Tale" I gladly made an exception.  Turns out that was not a bad thing at all.  Swept Up by the Sea has quite a cast of crazy characters.  

Percival and Tuppence both have turned themselves into stereotypes based on tales written the the Dragon Bard.  Percival believes himself to be a daring rogue destined for a life of adventure and piracy on the high seas despite the fact that even the press gangs see him as unworthy of their attentions.  Tuppence loves nothing more than a cheesy romance and sees herself destined to be swept off her feet by an adventurous rogue.  She also has definite ideas of how that will happen and will accept nothing less than her dream abduction.  The Dragon Bard is always around trying to serve his own goals, one of which in convincing Percival to go back home to marry a girl from his hometown, while managing to instigate things.  I also really enjoyed the whole pirate secret that is revealed to Percival.  That whole crew was pretty hilarious.

I've learned that this book is actually a part of a series and I'll be checking into some of the other books for sure.  If you are looking for a lighthearted, fun fantasy book this would be a great choice.  

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