Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure.
The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through
time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past and surrounded
by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. But a pirate's life is
bloody and brief, and as Jill learns about the dark magic that brought
her there, she forms a desperate scheme to get home—one that risks
everything in a duel to the death with a villainous pirate captain.
Time travel, swordplay, and romance combine in an original high-seas adventure from New York Times bestseller Carrie Vaughn.
Steel by Carrie Vaughn
ebook, 304 pages
Published March, 2011 by HarperCollin Publishers
REVIEW(select to read the spoiler):
Seriously isn't this cover just perfect? It's just so beautiful! The previous book of Carrie Vaughn i've read (Voices of Dragons) had a really bad cover but either way the book was amazing! And i can tell you the same for this one.
Time travel stories are really in trend lately, and Steel is one of the best ones i've read. We follow Jill back to the pirates times when accidentally appears there by finding the hilt of a blade at the beach. Looks like the hilt has some blood magic in it, and now she is one of the main characters in an old story between two fearsome pirates and she doesn't even know it.
I think the best part of the book is Jill. I really liked the way she viewed the world. She was disappointed with herself but through her adventure she grow as a person and learned from everything she experienced. She learned that losing is not always bad. Her view on what happened to her, reminds me of how i think as well. She believed she was dreaming, but she told herself "play with it til you get up. you have nothing to lose". And as how her little romance with a boy at the ship she was on...she understood that it was a summer love and NOT her love of her life, to be sad and crying or wanna kill herself for losing him. It was a sweet memory of her past. She was also normally afraid at the battles, and not playing i'm awesome from the start.
As for the story i enjoy it too. They were good and bad pirates. They were some famous ones. Actions, killing, slaves, betrayal, rum...even Tortuga if i remember right! The author while she creates some "good" pirates, she doesn't change what pirates really were. How bad their actions were.
So it's time traveling, pirates, romance, magic, adventure and great characters. Yep! Try it ;)
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