K.L. Parry’s novel The Pirate’s Daughter and a King’s Ransom is a rousing, high seas adventure about 14-year-old Blue, her father, his nemesis, and Lady Rebbecca Wolf. After Blue and her mother are summoned to Lord Wolf’s manor to work as temporary lacemakers, Blue finds herself forging an unlikely friendship with Lord Wolf’s ill-tempered, tyrannical daughter Rebbecca. When Blue’s departure for home threatens to separate them, Rebbecca concocts a cruel scheme to keep them together forever. That’s where the adventure truly begins.
After Blue escapes Lord Wolf’s manor, unwillingly taking Rebbecca along, she sets out to find her father Perseus, who, unknown to Blue, is actually the famous pirate Dead Eye Pete. Capture by the mysterious, vindictive pirate William Thorn throws the two girls into a deadly game of cat and mouse. However, it is Thorn’s true identity and plans that are at the crux of Blue’s story. Just who is William Thorn? Why is he hell-bent on having revenge on Blue’s father? Will Blue and Rebbecca ever return home… or even survive?
Self-published in 2010, The Pirate’s Daughter and a King’s Ransom is filled with intriguing, admirably flawed characters whose lives connect in many thrilling ways. The settings are rich and believable, and the historical details are nicely weaved throughout the story. Despite grammatical errors, the book is a fast-paced, enjoyable read geared toward young adults.
Parry does a good job of keeping the reader guessing at what is coming next. More than once I found myself expecting one thing, and then I was pulled in another exciting direction. I look forward to K.L. Parry’s next novel.
Reviewed by Miranda Miller