- File Size: 464 KB
- Print Length: 144 pages
- Publisher: sBooks (September 27, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 27, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075ZZT538
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
When the Mermaid Sings: A Jesamiah Acorne short read. Kindle Edition
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With trepidation, we follow the fifteen-year old’s escape to sea. If his life on land had been miserable and hard, in 1708 life at sea proves even harder. Young Jesamiah soon learns about the drink, the stink and the whoring. He discovers that his volatile captain and the salt-hardened crew are attacking French and Spanish merchant ships throughout the Caribbean. Any smidgen of conscience is eased by Queen Anne’s “Letter of Marque,” giving them royal leave to plunder as it declares them to be honorable privateers in her war against Spain and her allies; when truth be told, their lust for plunder soon turns them into murdering pirates.
Jesamiah, the ship’s boy, grows into Jesamiah, the man (ahem, Pirate). There is foreboding of an intriguing Cornish girl, Tiola, appearing in his dreams. In the later Sea Witch novels, it is she who becomes the rival to Jesamiah’s great love, the sea. And, of course, there is the Mermaid, who tries to lure young Jesamiah into her watery realm with her sweet siren song.
This short prequel to “The Sea Witch Voyages” was made doubly enjoyable for me by the author’s usage of language; spot-on for the time. (And I don’t mean salty language although - leave it to this hat-wearing lady – she can swear like any rum-soaked pirate when the occasion calls for it.) The interwoven descriptions of snapping topgallants, slick ratlines, and belaying-pins and other nautical terms correctly fit those complex old sailing ships on which one false step meant certain death.
“When the Mermaid Sings” is a Reader’s pure joy.
Inge H. Borg
Author of the “Legends of The Winged Scarab” Series
What an amazing treat of a book this is! While I was reading it, Pirates of the Caribbean was on the television so I was completely immersed in the time period of the 17th and 18th century. This book was a real feast for the imagination. Packed full of adventure and peril the reader can see how Jesamiah is destined to become a great man of the seas. Not having read any of the Sea Witch books before didn't make a bit of difference to my enjoyment of this amazing story. I actually think it was an advantage as its given me a real thirst to find out what happens next as this book is a prequel to the series. Fans of the series will of course love this book too as it answers the questions as to how Jesamiah became a pirate.
I loved the amazing attention to detail throughout the book. Helen Hollick has created a wonderfully exciting yet harsh world full of excellent and interesting characters who all add such a wonderful mix of personalities and detail to the book. The language is rich and powerful with just the right amount of magic and supernatural. This is a novella so a fantastic quick if you need a fix of swashbuckling adventure full of myths and legends and creatures of the Deep!! Highly recommended.
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"A great read that sets the scene for Jesamiah’s further swashbuckling...Read more