Sunday, September 5, 2010

Review - Quintspinner: A Pirate's Quest by Dianne Greenlay

TITLE:    Quintspinner
AUTHOR/EDITOR:    Dianne Greenlay
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 324 pages
PUBLISHED:   iUniverse, 2010
ISBN#:   978-1-4502-3397-2
HOW'D I GET IT:   Received from Author for review

As the daughter of a London physician in 1717, sixteen-year-old Tess Willoughby has seen her share of horrors and been to some of the city's shadiest quarters. But a simple trip through the chaos of a London marketplace takes a bizarre twist. Tess witnesses the murder of a renowned elderly seer and unwittingly becomes the mistress of the woman's prophetic spinner ring. Even worse, Tess's panic-stricken trip home leads her to discover a secret family history that shocks Tess to her core. Unable to give up the bejeweled ring, Tess must embark on a treacherous voyage to the pirate-infested waters of the West Indies. Trapped on a merchant ship and unwillingly betrothed to the murderer who covets the power of her ring, Tess finds strength and comfort in the company of a handsome sailor, even though this growing temptation will most certainly jeopardize their lives. Even stranger, she soon realizes that even though her fiance is ruthless, he alone can secure her safety throughout their perilous journey. Thrust into a world she doesn't understand to fulfill a role she is only beginning to grasp, Tess questions everything she has believed up to now. Her only hope of saving those she loves is to accept her destiny. And yet, the strange influence of her spinner ring could change everything ... Full of high seas action, dangerous magic, and a dash of romance, Quintspinner is a swashbuckling adventure that twists and turns with the fury of a hurricane.
MY TAKE:   I thought this was a fun and very entertaining book.  It takes the reader from adventure to next, exciting adventure.  The author created interesting characters that keep you interested in them and rooting for their success.  We have the evil villain, the doctor, two headstrong young ladies, a farmer and his stubborn son, a wise old granny, and LOTS of Pirates!  There are also several others including Gerta, whom I became especially fond of. 

The plot was well thought out and I enjoyed the various locales we were taken to during the course of the story.  It is obvious that Ms. Greenlay did a lot of research on the ships and the various terminology that goes along with them.  This attention to detail adds to the charm of this story.  Her medical background also shows in the writing of scenes between the doctor and the main character Tess while they are tending to various wounds and ailments.

Legend and mentions of the mysteries of the title "spinner rings" are weaved throughout this story.  I wanted to learn more about them.  While this book had a great ending, I think the author left room to continue with the storyline.  I am really hoping there will be a second book as this has the beginnings of a really good series.
MY RATING:    3.75/5

WHERE TO BUY IT:   Amazon, The Book Depository 

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