Cindy Vallar, Editor & Reviewer
P.O. Box 425, Keller, TX 76244-0425
Books for Pirate Apprentices and Young Adults
Laney “Lane” Garrow has a dream. She wants to be captain, like her father, of the Majesty and command her crew. An achievable possibility . . . unless you live in the realms of the Four Kingdoms. In any life obstacles exist to thwart one’s dreams, and Lane’s is a doozy. Any female who sets foot on a ship’s deck is deemed a pirate and hanged. That’s why, for eleven years, Lane has lived her life disguised as a lad who serves as a cabin boy. But as she’s grown older, her father has become more paranoid, restricting her to the confines of the ship whenever they are in port.
While in Hughen, a rumor surfaces that makes Lane question its truth. She must know whether her father was once a pirate. There is only one way to find out – she must go ashore even if it means defying her father. But actions have consequences and her single act of defiance launches a cascade of events that affect not only her but everyone around her.
One of those consequences is that a young man knows Lane’s secret. Aden has his own secrets, but he must reach a certain destination before it’s too late. If he fails, many will suffer and the only way to accomplish his mission is to blackmail Lane into getting him aboard Majesty. That, in turn, leads her honorable father to be deemed an outlaw.
Nor is Aden the only one who’s blackmailing Lane. One among the crew trades in secrets. He keeps them for a price. At least until revealing the secret will garner what he wants most – command of the Majesty. He hatches a plan to achieve that goal. Neither Lane nor Aden want him to succeed, but stopping him means revealing secrets neither wants anyone else to know.
Set in a fantasy world, Tides of Mutiny takes place over three weeks. It is a riveting tale of rebellion, trafficking, kidnapping, usurping a throne, betrayal, love, guilt, and destiny. Rode skillfully demonstrates that good and bad are never as clear-cut as we might imagine. Although written for young adults, adults will enjoy this serpentine adventure of courageous determination and unconventional thinking that has a twist you may not see coming.
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