Friday, July 3, 2015

Daring Passage by Maggie Plummer

"Freddy O'Brennan gulped, her wide eyes following the Union flag of England as Owyn - the Alize's youngest mate - hoisted it to the top of the mast. She clenched her jaw and leaned againt the rail to get a better look, smoothing back wayward curls of her long black hair." Opening Sentence


In this much-awaited sequel to SPIRITED AWAY - A NOVEL OF THE STOLEN IRISH, slave Freddy O'Brennan is on the run. In 1656, determined to pursue freedom for herself and her young children, she braves stormy seas, treacherous castaways, and corrupt Virginia Colony authorities. Romantic sparks between Freddy and ship Captain Colin Shea Brophy smolder and threaten to explode. As they paddle dugout canoes into the James River wilderness, Freddy and her friends must navigate a choking gauntlet of ruthless slave catchers, frontier bounty hunters, warring natives, and a Cherokee renegade out for blood. DARING PASSAGE: BOOK TWO OF THE SPIRITED AWAY SAGA is a 70,000-word historical novel that captures a rare glimpse into seventeenth century colonial Virginia.


This is a stand-alone novel as well as being Book Two of the Spirited Away Saga. Book One is SPIRITED AWAY - A NOVEL OF THE STOLEN IRISH. 
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Spirited Away was truly I book that I fell in love with. I think it was because for the first time I learned about Irish slavery. That's what historical fiction is supposed to do - teach with emotion. And the opening book of this series did just that. So I was truly excited when Daring Passage became published so that I could continue the fascinating story. As the first, the sequel has the same power and thrust of the first book. This time, the characters travel to the new colonies of Virginia. There, they meet danger and real life and death predicaments, especially if they are discovered to be runaway slaves. 

A stunning plot, memorable characters, and lovely succinct writing, make this novel truly shine. I admire Maggie Plummer's ability to weave a spellbinding tale while digging up facts and research that is new and that teaches readers. I look forward to more books in the series, along with future books and topics Maggie will one day certainly write about. Although the two books will stand alone, I recommend reading both to get the true benefits of this engrossing tale!

Thank you to the author. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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