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DAUGHTER OF HADES | Kirkus Reviews

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Fleeing Barbadian joins a pirate crew in this historical novel.

This is the dawn of the age of piracy. Dini Obosi grew up as a man enslaved in an orchard in Barbados, the daughter of a black and Irish man. Seeing the way Master Owen Craig looks at her, Dini’s father arranges for her and her twin brother, Jimmy, to escape to Jamaica aboard a pirate ship – though not fast enough to save her from traumatic rape. With the help of a Chinese-born sailor named Lei, the twins board the ship borrowed. Leigh is in love with Dini at first sight, and she is also fascinated by the mysterious sailor and his not-so-humble origins: “Leigh’s warmth moved her like a sunset, with colors and patterns she had never seen before. Every aspect of him fascinated her. His eyes, so charming “Of course, she has seen prominent eyes in the past, but no one seems to have really seen her.” Meanwhile, in Jamaica, a cousin of Dini Ami is haunted by a ghostly vision of the Huguenot family facing persecution in France. The family turns out to be a real family, and the two surviving brothers, Ivan and Fax Dorfort, are in the process of contracting to serve as captain to win a move to the Caribbean, where they will crash straight into the bus. The fate of the family. When Ley and the other pirates – who consider my law as a daughter of borrowed“And so under their auspices – launching revenge against Owen, they provoke the wrath of the man’s father, the powerful Adam David Craig. Dini begins her life as a pirate – and the prince of pirates who saved her – but can she survive in such a dangerous field of work? As she and the team of borrowed Making their way across the Caribbean, they discover a barrel of enslaved people, servants with a contract, maroons and outlaws waiting to explode.

In the opening of this series, Little delivers in terms of high-sea adventures, recalling the period and definitions with her detailed prose: “Sugarcane-covered hills rose and fell under the clear night sky as the moon approached the end of its journey west. “They lost the slave-catchers. They were standing on the top end of a sloping porch overlooking the coastal plains.” While the plot rhythms will be familiar to readers of historical romantic novels, the main characters – and me, in particular – are original in ways that differentiate them from the standard characters that populate the genre. Part of it is the variety of backgrounds: the author deftly presents the ways in which race, class, gender, and sexual orientation operate over a period of time. The plot events sometimes feel calculated, and the sex scenes are often a bit exaggerated – even for such a romantic environment – but the book is usually sweeping and entertaining. Readers looking for a pirate-based novel that includes a more diverse set of characters will likely enjoy this offer and look forward to continuing.

A fascinating and sweeping story about love and revenge in the age of piracy.

Pub Date: Today

ISBN: 978-1-944428-68-6

Page count: 400

Publisher: Inklings Publishing

Review published online: November 3, 2021

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