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Devil's Ballast Kindle Edition
'[A] strong, brine-soaked adventure.'--Wall Street Journal
'This swashbuckling tale of early eighteenth-century Caribbean piracy manages to be hilarious and harrowing...Caddy successfully incorporates issues of sexuality, abuse, and male dominance, proving them as relevant then as now. An invigorating page-turner!'--Booklist
'Caddy maintains historical authenticity throughout, neither dampening the violence of the setting nor the dangers of having a marginalized body...A satisfying seafaring adventure.'--Kirkus
'A rollicking, heartfelt and fun novel...a must for anyone looking for a story with a sharp-tongued, cutlass-wielding, savvy female pirate!'--Booktopia
'You spend most of the book cheering them on, furiously turning the pages...great for readers of action-filled historical fiction.'--Books+Publishing
'With the novel's exploration of deeply personal themes, characterisation is vital, and Caddy gets it spot on...action-filled and exciting.'--ReadPlus
'A new world of shape-shifters and a time-honoured battle between good and evil come alive in Caddy's debut fantasy for teens.'--Kirkus on Waer. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07L37L5LB
- Publisher : Text Publishing (7 May 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 2016 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 331 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1925773469
- Best Sellers Rank: 481,938 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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“I counted fifteen dead men working the deck of the Kingston.
Well, they weren’t dead yet, but the day was young and I had a full belt of shot.”
Of yeah, that got me excited for a rip roaring story of pirate-y murder and mayhem.
The book is set at the start of Bonny’s pirating career, when she first runs off to sea and subsequently meets Read (Mary Read, another notoriously famous female pirate from yesteryear). The friendship between Bonny and Read was the shining highlight of the book for me and I would love to read a sequel that follows the two creating pirate-y mayhem together.
Anne Bonny is somewhat considered a historical bisexual figure, so I was a little disappointment when her only sexual love interested was a man. I got over it when a friendship started to develop between Bonny and Read. I felt it was their confiding in each other and the mutual respect and friendship that grew, to be what really picked up the pace of the story and had me racing through the pages until the end.
There is no way to historically prove that Bonny was bisexual, where as her relationship with Calico Jack is documented – so you can’t blame Caddy for using him as her love interest – but personally I would like to have seen those bisexual rumours/suspicions explored, even if only a little.
Both in real life and in this book Anne Bonny and Mary Read partook in cross-dressing: Bonny to hide the fact she was a woman and Read to hide the body he’d been born with. With Read being transgender and the kinship between him and Bonny, ultimately I feel like I did get a queer fix with this book. So yay for that.
I think the authors note at the end of the book sums it up. “…it should be noted that almost every account of her life, including this one, is filled with sensationalism, mysteries, inconsistencies, rumour and outright lies. I think she’d like it that way.” I think both Bonny and Read would like it that way 🙂
Conclusion: If you are a lover of a pirate filled tales and strong leading female characters, then this is the book for you. If you were hoping to see a bisexual icon taring up the seas taking up a variation of lovers along the way, then this won’t hit the spot. But it’s still a damn good read that I enjoyed. I’m crossing my fingers for a sequel – so I think that in it’s self says enough.
Top reviews from other countries
The protagonist was always so bad ass but not in a cheap unrealistic way and she was the one who saved her man which I think is awesome! Nice little bit of subversion onn the damsle in distress dichotomy.