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This is swashbuckling for MY generation!,
This review is from: Steel (Hardcover)
This is not swashbuckling from the 80s or 90s. This is today's swashbuckling adventure for today, for me, and I love it. This book makes me want to learn fencing!
Jill is the sports competitor that 99% of us were... not the best, but good at what we liked to do. And the rest of the adventure is... well... fantasy. But it is fantasy that springs from the tradition of the old Captain Blood and Muskateers and Zorro films. Not the dark gritty 90s cheeze that was trying way too hard, but an honest adventure. Yes there are dark and scary moments, but our hero Jill takes on her problems with an intelligent bravado that would make Errol Flinn and Scaramuche proud. But still there is a modernity to it that makes it the book for US and not the baby boomers... the protagonist-gains-superpowers-and-returns-from-the-adventure-to-triumph of the 80s is gone here, supplanted with a much more believable and real gain.
I hope lots of young girls get inspired by the characters in this book... be a Jill when you're my age (Okay I'm 22 so a little older but not THAT much!) and be a pirate captain when you're older. (I googled it... there really were women captains!)
So yeah, this book is fantastic. The plot is carefull, the characters are steady and consistent, and while the good guys and bad guys might be a little black and white, it just feels like a reckognition of the black and white of the movies that this book makes you imagine... and I hope if it ever gets made into a movie the pirate parts are filmed in black and white, like a reverse wizard of Oz. Anyways with a feel that leaves the 70s and 80s trend towards "gritty" and "dark" behind in favor of just good story and a heroic growth that real people can really learn from, this author has just won me over as an author of the future shining out in a world where other books are still clinging to the past.