Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.
Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.
Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.
Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty, and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.
Nicole Castroman received her BA from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria, and two different places called Georgia. One is the country near the Black Sea; the other is the state of Georgia where she currently lives with her husband and children. She is the author of Blackhearts and Blacksouls.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 11, 2017)
Tracing the origins of Blackbeard the Pirate, this sequel to Blackhearts (2016) reunites Teach and Anne, but not before each of them crosses the Atlantic in separate, grueling journeys to Nassau. On the island, dark-skinned Anne’s friendship with enemies of Governor Webb leads to her being nearly kidnapped into slavery after a savage beating. Teach’s own trouble with Webb forces him into a dangerous mission to save the lives of his men. The journey is complicated when he smuggles an unconscious Anne aboard his ship and encounters more seasoned pirates with their own beefs with Webb. The swashbuckling romance is tempered with bracing brutality, political trickery, and discrimination inherent to the era. Depictions of whippings and bloody battles are vivid, and so are the passion and complexity of the main characters in their dedication to one another and in doing what is right—or as close to right as burgeoning pirates can muster. Sell it as an action-packed romance or adventure-laced historical fiction; there’s something here to please almost everyone. — Heather Booth