Series: The Voyages of Queen Anne's Revenge #2
Serials Reviewed: Blackbeard's Freedom
Genres: Action, Adventure
Release Date: May 1, 2015
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble
Revenge is a powerful motivator.
It turns the pious into sinners, the most timid to anger, and the most virtuous amongst us into cold blooded murderers. If used correctly, the desire for vengeance can also be used as a tool.
Edward Thatch, the rookie pirate known as Blackbeard, is out for Revenge. Revenge against those who wrong his crewmates and himself.
Before Edward can take his retribution he'll need to finish unlocking his ship, Freedom, by playing Benjamin Hornigold's game. Edward still has three tests to complete in order to gain the last keys to his ship, and he will have to risk life and limb of himself and his crew to pass the trials.
How far will Edward's desire for Revenge take him, and what dangers will he place his crew into for his Freedom?
Find out what action Edward will take in Blackbeard's Revenge, and follow his fantasy adventure in The Voyages of Queen Anne's Revenge!
We start out with Edward Thatch aka Blackbeard having been imprisoned for a year; a year in a dungeon without sun, the ocean or his love, Anne. As you can imagine things are a bit grim for Edward but then the tide turns. A jailbreak! Well written and devised this scene starts the book with the action you would expect from a rowdy crew of buccaneers and the action does not stop.
Now that Blackbeard has been reunited with his crew and his ship Freedom he becomes focused on obtaining the keys he needs to unlock the compartments on the ship he had purchased from Benjamin Hornigold. If you did not read the first book, please do, then this will make more sense. 😉 I am just kidding, I will tell you.
In the first book Edward wanted to be a whaler and purchased a ship while intoxicated during a card game from Benjamin Hornigold. Unbeknownst to Edward this was a pirate ship and was a catalyst to his becoming a pirate. On the ship there were several doors that remained locked and no matter what the crew tried they were unable to gain access. The doors were sealed with a magical protection and only the keys were able to open the doors. If Blackbeard wants access to those areas, which are actually vital areas, he needs to play Benjamin’s game and prove himself worthy. Yes, you should read the first book because it is just awesome and will help you with this book but I would not say it is necessary.
With his obsession of unlocking the doors revved into high gear, the Captain and crew must complete three tests to open all the doors aboard the Freedom and then Edward will be able to seek his retribution on those who have wronged him and his crew. I loved how the tests were devised! It was like Indiana Jones on the high seas. So well written and you will find yourself holding your breath praying for a good outcome. So well thought out and enjoyable!!
We also have more time to get to know the supporting characters that we met in the first book. The backstories on the crew are comedic, tragic, and add a flavor to the overall book that just makes it a pleasure to read. Henry is still a loyal best friend but we see that there are just some situations that can lead any man to break and make choices that we as a reader dread. Anne has made her choices and is by Edward’s side and has been well and truly written off by her family…which actually bodes badly for her and those around her. Sam has a deeper role in this book and is pivotal to the storyline because his past becomes part of the present for all aboard Freedom. This addition to the story also takes it from fiction to fantasy and is done in a creative manner that will have you engrossed in the details.
This is not the light-hearted crew that we had known. Edward has changed and his choices have led the crew into dangerous situations with more than one tragic consequence. With each loss Edward’s soul is marked and he becomes darker and more what we come to expect from Blackbeard. The book is action packed and riveting. The writing is remarkable and the will have a lasting impact.