Sunday, June 23, 2013

Swept Up by the Sea Review

Determined to seek his fortune, Percival Taylor leaves behind his sleepy hometown and sets out to become a legendary pirate—only no one at the roguish seaport of Blackshore will allow him anywhere near a ship! Percival must find other means to win the heart of the beautiful Tuppence Magrathia-Paddock, who has mistaken him for a pirate rogue out of one of her romantic tales. She is entirely willing to swoon into his arms if he can prove his buccaneer soul—and she is willing to arrange her own kidnapping to prove it.

Percival eventually finds himself captain of a broken-down ship, complete with a crew of pirates who make their living selling fake treasure maps, a jilted fiancee, a reclusive Master Shipwright, and an old professor with a secret that could kill them all. It’s Pirates of Penzance meets Princess Bride as this motley group of characters sets sail for treasure and romance.

My Review:

Swept Up by the Sea is a swashbuckling story chalk full of (mis)adventures and fun characters. The Hickmans create a charming tale about a town full of people who have a lot of unrealistic expectations for themselves and life. An adventure on the high seas seems the only way for everyone to get what they want. So, as a reluctant crew they set out to each find the treasures they seek. But when danger and love get in the way they all come to realize the greatest treasure can't be found on the sea and that real life can be better than pretend.

Percival wants Tuppence. Tuppence wants her Rodrigan. Vestia wants Percival. The Dragon Bard and Mistress Zoltana both have their own agendas. Add to the mix a shipwright whose heart set sail years before, a professor with a dangerous secret and a band of cheating pirates, and you get an adventure that will leave you Swept Up by the Sea.

About the Authors
Tracy Hickman is a New York Times best-selling fantasy author who has published more than 40 novels, many of the co-authored with Margaret Weis. He published the first of his solo novels in 1995. Laura and her husband, Tracy have been collaborating on fantastic works of fiction since their marriage in 1977. Together, Laura and Tracy have written role-playing games, screenplays, and works of fiction, including their first co-authored novel in 2004.

*Swept Up by the Sea will be in stores July 2013. 

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