"Readers will be captivated by the story and will look forward to the release of the second exciting novel."
- Tomorrow's Schools Today
"I enjoyed the part where Lily gets sent down to work with the cook, because the cook is the only one at the beginning who is nice to Lily... I look forward to reading the rest of the series."
- Laura Rogers (aged 12), Timaru Herald
"Don't be put off by the awful cover: this book is a really good read."
- Marlborough Express
"Kelly Gardiner doesn't avoid the violence and death of the pirate world - Lily has to help the cook treat the wounded and dying in battle - but she has also created a fast-paced, swashbuckling story... the first of what promises to be a very lively series."
- The Press
"There's lots of action, daring acts of courage and detailed descriptions of seamanship... There's no great depth to the characters but action is the driving force of the book and, I suspect, the series. It's an exciting introduction to a time in history that rarely appears in history for children."
- Rayma Turton, Magpies Journal
I particularly like it when young readers write the reviews.
That’s an interesting comments about the characters, from Ray Turton at Magpies. There are many hidden depths and twists revealed in books two and three, so that’s a little lesson for me not to leave all the mysteries - or development - until too late. Good feedback.
But that comment abut the cover? The book's cover is exactly as I'd hoped. What do you think?