I came across Ravenwood by accident. I enjoyed the book and read the other two that followed. They were easy reading with a continuing story.
I decided I would try the author's other work, namely starting with Quarter Share.
Oh what a mistake.
It is a long, and incredibly boring tale of a young teenager who is orphaned and signs on as a galley attendant on a freighter. He is very smart and intelligent and soon finds his place on board ship. The description of the vessel and it's working are minimal and it could be anything from a tea clipper, through 20th century containerships to 25th centaury space freighter; which it is!!
He makes friends with Pip, another galley attendant and they soon realise they have a penchant for a little private trading on their own. The buy and sell at the various flea markets they visit at the ship's ports of call.
The "Hero", Ishmail, get into a very plutonic relationship with 3 amazonesque crew members; Diane, Bev and Brill, but only scores with members of other freighters when in port.
I have read the first 2 books and it is just one never-ending list of what they are buying, what they are selling, and how much profit they are making.
I will not bother to buy the rest of the series as I am not that brain dead.
It is a pity somebody did not tell the author how bad they were. He could have saved himself a lot of time and trouble and written something with a story