My Thoughts - Silver Bounty Author: Victoria McCombs
About the Book
Book: Silver Bounty
Author: Victoria McCombs
Genre: YA Pirate Fantasy
Release date: January 10, 2023
Never Trust a Pirate
Emme is tasked with getting rid of the king, but kings are not an easy target, and this one is bent on purging his lands of pirates. As Emme’s job becomes increasingly dangerous, she learns to survive the pirate way—cunning and merciless—while consoling herself with one fact: she’s just doing what it takes to get home.
But when Emme mistakenly takes out the wrong man, not even the protective pirate captain can save her from the consequences. In a string of betrayals, one thing is certain. You can never trust a pirate.
Victoria McCombs is the author of The Storyteller’s Series, and The Royal Rose Chronicles, with hopefully many more to come. She survives on hazelnut coffee, 20-minute naps, and a healthy fear of her deadlines, all while raising three wildlings with her husband in Omaha, Nebraska.
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Pirates are more civilized than I gave them credit for. Did you know the captain didn’t have complete authority over the ship? While researching for the book, I discovered they used a voting system, and the captain followed what the crew wanted. Usually pirate stories depict a strong captain that makes all the decisions, so it was a fun twist to include more of the democracy style of the early pirates into my story. With that, came the fun power struggles as different crew members wanted different things, and they all try to sway the command of the ship. Smaller crew alliances form, friendships are tested, trust broken, and the future of the Royal Rose comes into question as, at times, the greatest threat to them lies within their own crew.
Silver Bounty is book two in Royal Rose Chronicles that is written by Victoria McCombs. I have read book one - and it was nice to see our cast of characters again. Silver Bounty is a young adult fantasy book that is geared towards grades 8-12. My 11 year old son and I read this together. He reads at a higher level. We both enjoyed it very much. He is more into the fantasy genre then I am, but we had a good discussion after reading. We both have a love of pirates.
We especially loved that the book offers multiple POV for the characters. It helps to get the story from that characters perspective. It helps to give a bigger view of the story. We really liked Emme and Arn's characters - they are well developed and have grown with the second book. Emme has an illness that she has been battling - and it's not going well. She also wants to find her brother, but he has drowned. It was like she could not grasp that.
Arn wants so desperately to save Emme. But does that include giving up the pirate life? There are some battles and pirate things - but they are not graphic or gory. There are a lot of twists in this story.
My son and I are looking forward to reading more from this author. She has created a wonderful storyline that you will be drawn into within the first few pages.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this story - all thoughts are my own.