Hardcover, 368 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Tor Books
Not too long ago we had A. M. Dellamonica’s excellent post on writing and if you haven’t read that, I recommend you go do so.
So I am here to talk to you about the third installment in the Hidden Sea Tales. But if you haven’t started this series yet, go read books one and two and then come back and read this.
Now that that’s out of the way, let me talk about The Nature of a Pirate. What sets this series apart from the rest of the books in the genre is the academic nature of the protagonists. She’s mad for biology and spends her time collecting specimens and being curious about the way the world works. Her brother is similar and in the book before this one, I was annoyed by these qualities because sometimes it felt like they were going against the wishes of the natives in their nosiness. Some things really don’t belong to you no matter how curious you are.
However, their curiousity didn’t bother me at all this time around. Perhaps I got used to it? Anyway…it’s really difficult to review third books in a series because. So, uh, let’s say this…
The Nature of a Pirate is an action packed adventure (wait, aren’t adventures usually action packed?) full of pirates, ship sinkings and kisses. Family issues are resolved (more or less) and while I’m not sure if there are more books in the series, this installment has ensured that if there are, I will happily read them.
Sophie fills a niche in the genre as she is a post grad student whose academic nature often gets her in trouble but whose life makes for entertaining reading. The world Dellamonica has created continues to amaze with its increasing level of complexity.
I recommend this series if you haven’t already picked it up.