- File Size: 489 KB
- Print Length: 262 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Creativia; 3 edition (June 14, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00L0LJY9Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,614 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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However, having said that - the book is an enjoyable horror story, and while the tensing issues did detract from the overall story - the spine-tingling essence of the story was thoroughly enjoyable, and will remain with me for some time.
Set in the early 20th century, the main character has left his newly-wed wife to serve as surgeon aboard a seal-hunting ship in the far northern lands. From the very beginning, the scene is set for a fascinating story, as we discover that the Lady Balgay, upon which our character is travelling, is considered cursed - for a great many reasons by her crew. Superstitious fears abound, and things only grow more complicated as time goes on, and soon we discover that this voyage is very much 'a voyage of the damned'. The author has created a rollicking story, the pacing is excellent, and if it weren't for those problems I've mentioned, I would have happily given five stars. Despite it's problems, I'd still recommend it as a good read.
She has done her homework and given us a realistic portrayal of a world few of us have any knowledge about. In the beginning, we are shown brief glimpses of modern fishing off the coast of Scotland and early 20th century (before world war I) upper middle class society. But Swift quickly introduced to the life of what we're once called Greenlandmen - sailors aboard a combination steam and sail wooden ship headed to the arctic in search of seals. Once found, the sailors brutally bludgeoned deals of all ages in order to harvest their blubber which, once brought to England and Europe as oil, served to fuel the lamps that lit their world.
Swift doesn't spare the reader any details that might offend modern readers. Personally, I applaud writers who portray the notes of historical cultures accurately without trying to protect anyone with hyper-sensibilities. The plot is satisfyingly complex as are the characters.
I know nothing about this writer, but as soon as this review is finished U definitely plan to find out everything I can about her!
The language seems quite authentic to the time and place; the characters are developed and believable. There are extraordinarily vivid depictions of the harsh climate of the Arctic, the brutal business of "capturing" "seal fish" and the superstitious nature of men who live their lives before the mast. The story includes supernatural mystery, desperate fear in the face of apparent doom, the longing for love far distant, and unspeakable violence and betrayal.
This is my first encounter with Helen Susan Swift, but it won't be my last.