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Sea Witch Paperback – June 20, 2011

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"Everything we want in a grand pirate adventure - a terrific read." James L. Nelson "In the sexiest pirate contest, Cpt Jesamiah Acorne gives Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow a run for his money." Sharon Penman

About the Author

Helen Hollick lives in northeast London with her husband, daughter and a variety of pets, which include several horses, cats and two dogs. She has two major interests: Roman / Saxon Britain and the Golden Age of Piracy--the early eighteenth century.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Silverwood Books (June 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906236607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906236601
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,729,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I hear there is a trend growing to rediscover real men! Well, I found one reading the wonderfully enjoyable Sea Witch! Helen Hollick's hero, the pirate captain Jesamiah Acorne is everything a hero should be, charismatic, courageous, downright sexy but with enough flaws to be fully human.

Sea Witch brings an authentic feel of the wide oceans and the Golden Age of Piracy, it is exciting with a moving believable love story but plenty of full blooded, heart-stopping action. I cannot recommend it highly enough and am holding my breath for the next in what I hope will be a long series of Sea Witch and Jesamiah Acorne chronicles. My sister has fallen totally in love with Jesamiah too. His allure is becoming a world wide sensation.
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To me, the only good pirate has ever been a dead pirate, but Helen Hollick has changed my mind. Jesamiah Acorne is cast off his father's plantation at a young age, forced to make his way in the world. He takes to the sea, coming to win a ship of his own, the SEA WITCH. Beloved of the white witch Tiola and the sea goddess Tethys, Jesamiah sails into danger with every tide. With romance and swash-buckling joy, Helen Hollick leads us into a world where the oceans are full of magic and where the stars always lead us home. From Cape Town to Port Royal, to the wilds of the pirate port on Madagascar, Helen Hollick takes us on a journey of the senses, a romantic adventure of true love that on the last page leaves us hungering for more. It's a good thing for me that the SEA WITCH is only the first in this series, and that more installments are already written.
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Sea Witch is a swashbuckler historical fiction tale set in the 1700's around Captain Jesamiah Acorne. He's a notorious pirate who sails the seas around the Caribbean, Southern US states and across to Cape Town in South Africa.

This is a time of Dutch East Indian trade-boats, Spanish galleons laden with Mexican treasure, English traders and privateers. Ships took months to cross the oceans, explorers where sailing around the world and opportunities to become rich were often at the mercy of the sea.

Beneath the seas lives Tethys a spiritual being from the beginning of the world, she sees all, knows all about the oceans, she can whip up a storm and take down a ship at will claiming the lives of all those aboard. Disturbed from above by the annoying sounds of cannon fire Tethys investigates and becomes aware of a man with a golden acorn hanging from his ear, she understands the connection to an ancient tree and likes what she sees. There is also another being with a gift who nudges at the outer periphery of her existence.

Tiola Oldstagh is travelling from England to Cape Town with her guardian, when they are attacked by pirates. Unsuccessful this time Tiola gets her first glimpse of a man who destiny will bring to her again. At just fifteen Tiola is wise beyond her years with her skills in the use of "craft" she'll go to great lengths to be with the one her soul desires.

It's been years since I read any pirate adventures and this one did not disappoint, it brought all the atmosphere of the great wooden ships, creaking into the rolling oceans, sails flapping in the winds. Dangers of the open seas and the realistic harbour-side towns which sprang up to meet the needs of the ocean going sailors. I look forward to reading the next adventure for Captain Jesamiah Acorne.

This review is based on a free copy of the book which I won.
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It’s hard not to enjoy a good pirate yarn and Helen Hollick makes it especially easy with Sea Witch. Pirate lore and a large dose of magic from the sea witch of the title (and mystical appearances from Tethys, spirit of the oceans) put this series squarely in the fantastical range, so be sure you enjoy a leap onto the wild side before you pick up this book.

Once you’ve established that, this is a page-turning, entertaining read. Hollick builds in the details of pirate life both on ship and in port with a precision and depth that can only come from good historical research, but you won’t have time to notice this sturdy framework as her plot twists and surprises.

We get to know a three-dimensional young woman named Tiola just as she is cut adrift from her family and known world when her mother is suspected of being a witch and hanged for the murder of her husband. The irony, as Tiola points out, is that she is the witch, not her mother—a white witch with very handy medical skills that she eventually turns into a steady if modest income in her new surroundings. Through Tiola we watch the limitations on 18th century women—choose a loveless marriage to a rich man or try to make it alone in a world that assumes you can’t—with the piquant sauce of knowing that Tiola isn’t the helpless lass she appears to be.

The hero, Jesamiah Acorne, has a similar origin tale in the sense that he also as teenager was thrown out to make his life without family or financial support—despite his upper class start. Generally speaking, men of the 18th century had an easier time making a living than women, but then Jesamiah doesn’t have any otherworldly powers, so Tiola may not have to fight as hard as he does.
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