the ISLE OF GOLD by SEVEN JANE
Black Spot Books, Release Date: October 9, 2018
5 / 5 Stars | Review by Ink
There’s nothing worse than a tropey novel about pirates. Luckily, The Isle of Gold is none of that, and instead everything a historical fantasy about pirates should be.
In a story rife with feminist themes and subtle commentary on social justice, The Isle of Gold weaves together a historically accurate portrayal of 18th century seafaring life before expertly adding layers of familiar (and not-so-familiar) ocean myths and natural sea phenomena that, together, make this story truly unique.
Purposefully paced with rich, vivid description that lends detail to life aboard a pirate vessel, The Isle of Gold ebbs and flows as naturally as the sea it is set on, giving the reader time to breathe between each wave of action. Each character is well-written and dynamic, and the romantic elements of the book are understated while the story focuses on its protagonist’s evolution from a lonely orphan to an empowered woman, skillfully unraveling carefully crafted backstories of the Riptide’s crew--including its tenacious captain, a character impossible not to love--along the way.
A debut author to keep and eye on, Jane paves the way for imagination in the story, leaving readers eagerly awaiting what we hope is a sequel on the horizon.
Thank you to Black Spot Books for an advanced reader copy.