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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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Diving into Nicole Castroman’s Blacksouls right after reading Blackhearts was the best decision ever! As you might have known, Blackhearts ended with a pretty dicey cliffhanger! Our star-crossed lovers, Teach and Anne were separated due to evil circumstances and now we all wait with bated breath until their reunion.
While Anne had been sailing away, on the wrong ship, to her mother’s homeland she made friends with a sibling pair, Coyle and Cara. The trio began to look out for one another and they even brought Anne along with them to the uncle they had been going to see to work for him in a tavern. Anne is struck with awe upon coming Nassau. There’s a variety of people and everything is just so new. Though it isn’t all paradise as she’s soon to find out.
In the meantime, we see Teach sailing on his father’s ship while the captain is sure to get them all killed when it looks like the Spainards were gunning for their ship. It’s Teach’s quick thinking that keeps the crew alive, but sadly, the danger is only just starting when Teach thinks it’s passed. Upon docking, he and the crew are arrested for mutiny and Teach will have to make a deal with the devil, in the form of a governor, in order to save himself and his crew, and essentially, Anne!
It took a while before Teach and Anne were finally reunited! It was most agonizing, because let’s face it, this is a love story in a sense! It’s also a great swashbuckling pirate origin story filled with adventure as well! By the time our couple finally reunites and you think a breath of relief might escape you, you’d be wrong! The danger is only just starting because soon there’s murder and mayhem to be had that brings upon these characters a direct sense of chaos!
I was left kind of stunned by the end of this one! Like its predecessor, the pacing was once again a little more slower than your usual adventure read, but I can say there was a great deal more action and tension than we had in the first one! Things are tense! Our characters have developed fairly well over the course of the first novel, but we continue to watch them grow in different areas. I will say though, that the adventure thrill is definitely stronger in this one than what we saw last time! Much more time spent at sea and going to new places. Though, granted, it’s not a lot of traveling, but more than we had in the first book anyway!
It was such a rush to see the new culture and experience things through Anne’s eyes! She’s never been anywhere besides her England where she was born, so anywhere besides there is a new adventure for her. I enjoyed seeing the colors and exoticness of Nassau through her eyes. I’ve never been anywhere tropical myself, so I loved living through her in this one!
There’s still a great deal of danger in their relationship for being who they are. But I love seeing Teach and Anne overcome those prejudices. It doesn’t hurt that their new friend, Alastair has a wife who’s of another race as well. It was like they could see who they would become some years down the line. There was at least one scene that still stands out to me as being terrifying. It just goes to show you how scary things were way back then. And I’m not talking about just the pirates either.
The ending was quite exciting too! Things were happening so fast! And then just when you think we’ve come clear of near and sudden danger…The End! Okay, granted it’s not that bad! I mean if you’ve read Blackhearts, you’ll know that ending was pretty tough to swallow! Especially since at the time we didn’t know how many books there were going to be! Well now we know there’s three (as of now!) and I can tell you this one ends perfectly!! There will be no screams of agony or tears, at least I hope there’s not for you guys! Because trust me, I am an emotional reader and at the slightest edge of a cliffhanger I am moved to fits and screams, and maybe a bit of rage. There was none of that for me here! Yes, I am excited for the next one but I can honestly say that I will be (mostly, sorta, kinda) “patiently” waiting for it!
The adventure continues in the awe-inspiring Blackbeard origin story with Blacksouls! This will be a read you will not want to miss out on!
Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars
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.
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