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Sea Witch Paperback – June 20, 2011
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It has a very slow pace. Difficult to keep on. And a very predictable plot. The characters behave, speak and have the mindset of people born and raised in the 21st century. Read morePublished 12 months ago by graceful rhythms
Sea Witch is the first book in Helen Hollick’s Sea Witch Voyages fantasy pirate adventure series. Hollick’s Captain Jesamiah Acorne, offers much more than a simple swashbuckling... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Armen Pogharian
If you like a good adventure story, The Sea Witch is sure to please. The hero, Jesamiah Acorne, is a pirate rogue with a weakness for the beautiful lady, Tiola. Read morePublished 17 months ago by C. Ripley Miller
Well written but very formulaic...handsome pirate with heart of gold, very evil suitor and heroine with magic powers. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Julie R.
A good story, with interesting characters. I think there was a lot more to tell and I would have liked to delve deeper into the characters.Published 18 months ago by N. Hillegonds
The Sea Witch has bewitched me. I'm in love with a Pirate!. Thanks for introducing us Helen Hollick. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Swashbuckling at its best! This was a wonderful romp across the oceans with a very likable cast of characters, well except that garbage brother! Looking forward to the next voyage! Read morePublished 19 months ago by K. Wasserlein
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was full of adventure, and of course pirates. But it's not like some books that romanticize pirates. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Heidi Anne