"Tell me, Pirate Westfield: When was the last time you drew your sword against an enemy? Or stole a stash of loot from a fellow buccaneer? When was the last time you sailed off on a thrilling High Seas adventure?"
Hilary Westfield is a pirate. In fact, she's the Terror of the Southlands! She's daring, brave, fearless, and...in a rut. Maybe she hasn't found any treasure lately. And maybe she isn't fighting off as many scallywags as she'd like. But does that mean she and her loyal crew (including a magical gargoyle) deserve to be kicked out of the ranks of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates?
There is only one thing to do - find a daring mission worthy of her fearless reputation. With the help of first mate Charlie, finishing-school friend Claire, and the self-proclaimed intrepid gargoyle, Hilary sets sail on a swashbuckling expedition that may or may not involve a kidnapped Enchantress, bumbling inspectors, a mysterious group called the Mutineers, and - the most terrifying thing of all - a High Society ball.
Caroline Carlson brings just as much rollicking fun, laughter, and action to this second book of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates as she did with the first, Magic Marks the Spot.
©2014 Caroline Carlson (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
I can hardly express just how much I love the two books (so far) in this series! If you haven't read the first one, please go back and read that book first. If you have even the mildest sense of humor you won't be sorry.
There are so many giggles and guffaws while I read these books. And a million smiles. I don't want it to end!
Magic and mayhem abound as Hilary Westfield, now an escapee from Miss Pimm's Finishing School for Delicate Ladies, is a proud member of the VNHLP (serving the high seas for 153 years). The VNHLP is getting weary of Hilary's rather unpiratical (i.e. not like a pirate) behavior and has sent her a warning. But the Enchantress of the North has been kidnapped! Would it be piratical to rescue her instead of slaying a sea monster or vanquishing a pirate king? Hilary doesn't care! She's going to do the very nearly honorable thing and search for her anyway.
Along the way, she runs afoul of the Queen's Inspectors (with their requisite dust brushes and magnifying glasses), pirates honorable and dishonorable, and snooty High Society types. She even has to (gasp!) attend a High Society ball in a cabbage-colored gown. Not to worry though. She has her cutlass and her magic piece hidden within it. And her magical gargoyle in a large beaded purse.
Katherine Kellgren is just the perfect reader for these books. She has a real talent for comic timing and her voicing alone for many of these characters will make you smile.
Lots of Hilarity (get it?) and smiling and giggling is in store so it would be most unpiratical to delay listening to this book any further. Grab your cutlass and magic piece and join the fun!
This book was really fun to listen to white all the voices she used and the flow of the writing. It was a light and fun book and the kids enjoyed listening to it with all the pirates and adventure.
Fun for the whole family. I found myself listening ahead after dropping my boys off at school. Apparently, so did my wife. Not sure who loved it more, me, my wife or my boys.
Carlson's characters are well-wriitten & Kellgren's performance enhances each one. Don't have to be a kid to love these books!
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