- File Size: 922 KB
- Print Length: 376 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1432780379
- Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (May 8, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 8, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008TXC332
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,893,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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We follow Edward Pierce, at first a third lieutenant of humble beginnings, as he seeks to improve his skills and as he searches for his brothers who had earlier been impressed into service. Throughout the first half of the book, Pierce seems balanced between two possible worlds, the life at sea and the life on land.
Those two worlds become more tangible (and more fantastic) in the second half of the book. At the end of the Napoleonic War when many sailors were dismissed from service, Pierce has an amazing opportunity to sail a new ship to a mysterious island far from all he knows – except that the voyage will take him back to his first love, the sea.
Pierce’s integrity and inner conflicts, his doubts and hopes, his yearning for a relationship, even scenes that reveal him as demanding and irascible, add depth to his quest as he confronts very different cultures and becomes a well-respected commanding officer. A rewarding read well-grounded in history that will require Book 2 to fully resolve the issues raised in Book 1.
Edward Pierce begins his British Naval career as a midshipman at a time when men and boys are being forced into service. During his time in the Navy Pierce's hard work, keen knowledge, and quick decisions under pressure help him to quickly advances through the ranks. However, when peace is declared Pierce finds himself discharged with half-pay. Saved by his prominent Naval service Pierce lands himself employment with Harold Smythe aboard a ship bound for the Isle of Wight. As the ship's commanding officer, Pierce and his crew set sail on a life changing exploration, but will they make it home again?
Well written and full of intrigue, Beyond the Ocean's Edge is a fantasy novel not to be missed. The author does a beautiful job of developing the story so the unbelievable easily becomes believable. I was quickly pulled into the world the author created and greatly enjoyed this tale.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.
I would suggest in future books, or re-printings, the author use chapter numbers instead of chapter titles because his titles sometimes act as spoilers. (For example that chapter right after a hard-fought naval victory is titled "Jaws of Victory", which undermines an otherwise nicely constructed surprise plot twist.)
This is first book of the Stone Island Sea Stories, BEYOND THE OCEAN'S EDGE.Set in the early 1800's, this is a sea story.A young coachman's son by the name of Edward Pierce
is learning to become a midshipman by the father of his friend, Isaac Hotchkiss, who serves aboard one of His British Majesty's ships with great honor. Edward is released on half pay after peace is declared with the French. When this happened, most of the fleet is decommissioned. His 'service with distinction' the admiralty has a suggestion that he find employment with Harold Smythe, a man on the Isle of Wight. Mr. Smythe is preparing a ship to seek out an island that seems to exist only in legend. The author tells an action filled, smoothly written tale that shows his vast knowledge off sailing and vessels. The reader is up for an adventure which they will not want to let go. After this Book One, the reader can look forward to Book Two.
Beyond the Ocean's Edge is set at the beginning of the nineteenth century just after England and France have agreed to an uneasy peace. Pierce and company set sail toward an island that does not appear on any map; it is found only in legend. They overcome many obstacles, including a ferocious sea battle, as they zigzag their way there. And I'd best not give away any more of the story.
I was all geared-up for a fantastic ending that would blow me away, but then I remembered that this book is Part I of the Stone Island Sea Stories, so I'll have to wait till I've finished the last in the series for that fantastic ending. But it left me wanting more. I'm very anxious for that second book to appear. And the third.
If you like a well-written naval history with cannon fire and a little fantasy thrown in, you're gonna love Beyond the Ocean's Edge (and, I'm sure, the entire series).