From early in Andre Norton's career (1948), this is a juvenile pirate adventure, featuring a cabin boy of unknown parentage, caught between the pirate captain who raised him and the British officer who just might save him from the gallows. It is of its time (tw for some casual racism that is probably historically accurate but still), and the prose is overly mannered especially for a juvenile, but the plot is packed with action and treachery.
I enjoyed some aspects of this one, especially the political context that was based on historic facts, the descriptions of life aboard the pirate ship and the character of Hannah Mabbot. The protagonist was rather unlikable though, and I didn‘t find the central relationship of the novel believable. The author seems to have a passion for cooking which is great, but after some time the cooking scenes started to bore me 😅.
I'm not done yet, but I already know I want to experience this again by reading a physical copy. I see book mail in my future.
Did you know that Pirates would fly a black flag to demand surrender and if this was not forthcoming they would switch to a Red Flag meaning no quarter? If not this book is for you, provide a history of the Pirates who operated within the Caribbean and Atlantic, providing insights into their lives and action, whilst also seeking to quash many of the myths associated with them and the times they lived in.