“The sliver of moonlight cast eerie shadows across the deck of The Dark Revenge. The Silence at the helm stood embracing the obscurity. His foreboding presence matched the anticipation aboard the ship, and no one spoke for fear they would break the stillness that encompassed them.
Tonight, everything changed.
The Dark Revenge gained on the Regatta. The raiders said nothing but he could hear the shuffle of taut female clothing and the tension in the air. It hadn’t sensed their existence, and drifted like heedless prey. Princess Roxana slept, unsuspecting of what was hunting her in the inky blackness of the night.
There was only one thing on the minds of The Silence’s crew as they drew near; Hang the Kings, Crown the People.“
This was a really hard review for me to write. I wanted to love it, but this ended up being disappointing for me. I thought I was going to get a rip-roaring, swash-buckling adventure, where pirates put their over-seers in their place, but it turned out to be a wishy-washy romance (two romances) novel with a few action scenes that were not nearly satisfying enough, and a few fantasy-esque references. Sad 😦
At the very beginning I was hooked, but as things progressed I kept wondering where my action was and when that amazing opening would come back into play. It did eventually, but it was way too vague. THEN, there’s the whole deal with a captive falling in love with her captor. Stockholm syndrome is not sexy and should not be represented as such. Nope. I don’t care if he was ultimately a “good guy”. This should not be done.
I found the main male characters (yes, there were two), annoying. Both of them. For different reasons, but it is hard to keep yourself going when you don’t like the main characters.
I will say, the writing itself was pretty good (needed another comb-through from a copy editor), and it was a quick, simple read. My update stats (this is a pretty typical timeline for me FYI):
I have a feeling those who like romance novels, and who are not bothered by the questionable use of Stockholm Syndrome, will like this. Everyone else, spend those 4-5 hours reading something else.
Has anyone else read a disappointing novel recently? If you have, please let me know in the comments section below what the novel was and why it was disappointing to you.
Happy reading, friends!