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Blacksouls (Blackhearts) Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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Tracing the origins of Blackbeard the Pirate, this sequel to Blackhearts (2016) reunites Teach and Anne, but not before each of them crosses the Atlantic in separate, grueling journeys to Nassau. On the island, dark-skinned Anne’s friendship with enemies of Governor Webb leads to her being nearly kidnapped into slavery after a savage beating. Teach’s own trouble with Webb forces him into a dangerous mission to save the lives of his men. The journey is complicated when he smuggles an unconscious Anne aboard his ship and encounters more seasoned pirates with their own beefs with Webb. The swashbuckling romance is tempered with bracing brutality, political trickery, and discrimination inherent to the era. Depictions of whippings and bloody battles are vivid, and so are the passion and complexity of the main characters in their dedication to one another and in doing what is right—or as close to right as burgeoning pirates can muster. Sell it as an action-packed romance or adventure-laced historical fiction; there’s something here to please almost everyone. — Heather Booth (Booklist April 1, 2017)
About the Author
Nicole Castroman received her BA from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria, and two different places called Georgia. One is the country near the Black Sea; the other is the state of Georgia where she currently lives with her husband and children. She is the author of Blackhearts and Blacksouls.
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Anne was anxious about arriving in Nassau without knowing whether Teach survived his overseas voyage or whether they’d be able to find one another if he had. But having become close friends with two of her fellow passengers, Cara and Coyle, made her endlessly grateful that she wasn’t arriving in that crowded, unruly port city alone.
Nassau was not how she imagined it would be. With its open acceptance of the slave trade, and its cruel and barbaric treatment of its colored inhabitants, she was ill-prepared for its challenges and the emotional toll it would take on her. Even surrounded by friends, and with a safe place to sleep and work, she wasn’t sure she had enough protection or the skills to protect herself.
And if she wanted to ensure her survival, she would have to learn to use a weapon, she would have to learn to fight, and she would have to learn to focus her anger so that she could become ruthless.
Teach was desperate to get to Nassau so that he could find Anne and they could finally be together without his overbearing father getting in the way. But a threat to his ship’s safety and a captain whose actions would likely get them all killed, meant making decisions that could cause problems for him and the crew if they managed to survive.
With corruption abounding in Nassau, his hope of staying under the radar was impossible. He couldn’t even set foot on land before trouble found him. So, he was going to have to find a way to outsmart the Governor if he had any hope of clearing his name, saving his crew, and keeping Anne safe.
Nicole Castroman delivered a follow-up that is even more exciting than its predecessor. Battles at sea, the threat of mutiny, a hunt for pirates, the promise of adventure, an attempted murder, all add to this extraordinary, gripping, fascinating tale.
It’s a love story. It’s the story of a legend. But it’s also a story about injustice, about human decency, about equality for women.
BLACKSOULS is suspenseful. It is heartrending. And emotional. And authentic. It is fast-paced, and imaginative and captivating and amazing. It is a fresh, new, different, and exhilarating addition to this already incredible series with a change in setting, a quickening of pace, an increase in drama, and a number of surprising developments.
It is the perfect continuation of Teach and Anne’s story and is an absolutely, definitely, must read sequel.
Do you have the song, "A pirate's life for me," stuck in your head yet?
I absolutely loved jumping back into the dangerous world Teach and Anne live in. My word, there's non stop thrills in this book. Mixed into all the deception, dangers, and betrayal, I loved those stolen moments Teach and Anne have. I can't get enough of their story. I love that for all these two have been through, and how it's change them, it hasn't changed how they feel for each other. Thank you Castroman for ripping my heart out, yet again... I mean that in a good way.
Castroman's sequel definitely does not fall into the second book syndrome. This book was totally worth losing sleep over. From vivid imaginary, to a cast of fabulous new characters we meet, to danger on the seas and on the island, this book had me glued to the pages. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to a pirate, read this book. You'll be left feeling like you have wind swept hair, salt stuck to your skin, and can hear seagulls off in the distance.
Trust me, if you aren't a fan of pirates, you will be when you finish reading this book! This is one of my favorite series, and I can hardly wait to read the third book. Especially when that killer of an ending! This is one series I don't want to end. This is one book I highly recommend picking up!
This book was so good! But then again I’m generally partial to pirate tales.
So, some people complained an awful lot about BLACKHEARTS not being chock full of pirates and battle, but I didn’t mind at all. I mean, after all it’s a very mysterious question as to how an educated man named Edward Teach ended up becoming one of the most successful and feared pirates sailing under the name Blackbeard. So Blackhearts set up Teach’s background – where he came from, how he learned to sail, what kind of person he was, and why on earth he’d journey so very far from England into the lawless islands. I think that’s all very important and utterly fascinating.
But yes, if you found that dull and disappointing then you will be very pleased with BLACKSOULS. It absolutely made me think of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise. It’s full of humor, canon fire, mutiny, blood, ruthlessness, love, and non-stop intrigue. Truly it had me captivated and clinging on to its quick pace.
Sailing at a breakneck speed towards a conclusion filled with cannons, pirates, love, and revenge, BLACKSOULS will leave your spine tingling and your eyes glinting with madness as you eagerly await to witness all Queen Anne’s Revenge has in store. Captivating plights, hackle-raising enemies, and exhilarating escapes, Castroman has hit it the target dead center with this pirate-inspired tale.
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