Hilary Westfield is relishing her new life as the Terror of the Southlands. Unfortunately, she hasn’t found much adventure in the last few months. In fact, this has come to the attention of Captain Blacktooth, the president of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates. He gives Hilary a warning and issues an ultimatum – do something piratical or be kicked out of the league.
Before Hilary can head off on one of her appointed quests, she finds a letter from Miss Pimm asking for assistance. While Hilary left Miss Pimm’s Finishing School for Delicate Ladies without finishing, the two have become friends, so naturally she goes to help. However, when she arrives, she learns that Miss Pimm has been kidnapped. Can Hilary find her? Will Blacktooth consider this piratical enough?
Since I loved the first book, I was looking forward to this one. All the characters we loved from the first one are back, and we make some fun new friends as well. The humor is back as well, especially in the between chapters letters and excerpts from other publications. Unfortunately, the plot did drag a bit in the middle, but it livened up for a memorable finish that points to more trouble for Hilary to come.
With magic, pirates, and humor, this is a fun combination that kids will love. Heck, I’m counting down the days to the next entry already myself.