Quintspinner by Dianne Greenlay
Publication date: December 28th 2011
Number of pages: 379
Series: Quintspinner (1#)
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.
A secret and unauthorized trip through the chaos of a 1717 London marketplace takes a bizarre twist for 16 year old Tess. Unexpectedly witnessing the murder of a renowned Seer, Tess becomes the keeper of the old woman’s legendary spinner ring and its supposed power of prophecy.
Returning home, Tess bears the brunt of her father’s rage when he is informed of her disobedient excursion. An ensuing altercation with her father leads Tess to the discovery of a family secret that stuns her. Even so, she never imagines that she will soon find herself forcibly betrothed to the murderer and trapped on a ship bound for the pirate-infested waters of the West Indies.
With increasing dread, she realizes a growing attraction that she has for a handsome sailor puts both their lives at risk. Moreover, she quickly discovers that her ruthless fiance covets her only for her ring and its power, and will stop at nothing to obtain it for himself.
The stakes for survival become unbearably high when she is thrust into the hands of a marauding band of pirates, and she must make an agonizing and life-threatening choice for herself.
A tale of pirates and treasure, love and betrayal, all bound together by a dash of ancient magic, Quintspinner has been described by readers as “a wonderfully entertaining, fast and furious ride; Lord of the Rings meets Pirates of the Caribbean”.
It completely, utterly and totally baffles me as to why I am the first one to leave a review for this book on Goodreads. How can such a good book have no reviews on a website where practically every book has a review?
So this was one epic historical fiction. There were pirates in this book. In fact, the book I’m writing at the moment has pirates in it. And I know, not even from just writing my own pirate book, that Dianne Greenlay must have put a LOT of effort into research. Seriously, that is so apparent. Her settings and descriptions of the ship and everything was just so detailed and unrealistic, something I’ve found is an easy thing to lack in historical fiction books.
Perhaps my favourite thing about this book, however, was the authenticity. Dianne Greenlay was not ashamed of showing what the times were really like. From anything from the thoughts of men to racism. It was a very honest read and I really thank her for that. I don’t think teenagers need to be shielded as much as we are from a lot of things (which probably sounds biased, coming from a teen herself).
I loved the way that the story was such that it could go in any direction at any time. And it totally did.
I really adored Tess. She was smart and brave. What more could you want? And I loved how the text wasn’t centred entirely on her relationship with William.
My only little nitpick is that perhaps the book was a little boring in the beginning. But then I got into it major time about half way through and I became a reading force to be reckoned with.
And I think that maybe the slang/accents were a little bit too heavy.
While I really, really enjoyed this book, I don’t think that I will be reading a sequel. I am not really interested where the story left off or with the ring side of the story.
If you like genuine historical fiction served with pirates and adventure, then I really don’t know why you haven’t read this yet.
Meteor shower. A great show.
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