Mistress of the Sea Hardcover – 30 Aug 2012
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"A fascinating look at a "lost" adventure of English sea-faring--exotic, savage, and altogether engrossing" (Diana Gabaldon)
"A fascinating look at a "lost" adventure of English sea-faring--exotic, savage, and altogether engrossing." (Diana Gabaldon author of the bestselling Outlander series (Cross Stitch, UK))
"Fantastic, really fantastic. Very exciting, and moving, vivid characters, great ending" (Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society)
"Beautifully written and researched, this tale of desire, revenge, piracy, war and valour is so evocative we can taste salt on our skin and hear the swoop of sails overhead as we're swept up into a high-stakes adventure unlike any we've read before" (C.W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici)
"A captivating and well researched tale of love, duty, and the consequences of actions, set against a vividly described New World." (Editor's Choice Historical Novels Review)
An epic, romantic swashbuckling Elizabethan adventure set at the time of Sir Francis Drake, pirates and privateersSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Sir Francis Drake was both hero and villain to England and Jenny Barden creates characters that explore the most pertinent questions about his intentions as well as crafting a story that is strong and set apart from Drake's own. It is, essentially, a love story. But not only about the love between hero & heroine but the love of family, the love of humanity and, ultimately, the realisation and acceptance of the price each of us must pay to find happiness.
This is a rip-roaring story where heroes are crafted in the spirit of Errol Flynn & the heroine could be Olivia de Haviland. Jenny Barden writes scenes that you picture in your mind just like the films of yore where dashing heroes fight with dark, brooding enemies in order to win the heart of the maiden in distress. All in all this is a very good debut novel by an author who has a talent for creating exciting, vibrant stories.
I give MISTRESS OF THE SEA 5 Crosses!
(I edited my review because I believe Mistress of the sea genuinely deserves a 5 star rating)
This sweeping novel brings together all the best elements of historical writing and breathes new life into the craft of epic storytelling. Sharply-drawn, credible characters, perilous adventure, exotic locations and the skilful blending of fact with fiction, make Mistress Of The Sea a real page turner. By interweaving several narratives, the author ensures the momentum is never lost as the plot races to the exciting climax that keeps readers guessing all the way.
It's a long time since I read a book that satisfies on so many levels and I was glad to learn that the author is intending to revisit this period in the future. Mistress Of The Sea updates the Tudor world recreated in Philippa Gregory's novels, and explores the Elizabethan era with imagination, historical accuracy and compelling narrative. An irresistible combination for any lover of good quality, historical fiction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
At times this book had some interesting moments At times I even thought it may have been written by two different people. the romantic interest was extremely poor.Published 10 months ago by Guinevier
Unlike the last book I reviewed (The Miniaturist) this novel doesn't have literary pretensions, but it works much better - the characters are stronger and more convincing, the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Pamela Thomas
As much adventure book as romance, Mistress of the Sea still manages to keep the romance reader engaged as you follow the blossoming relationship between wealthy merchant's... Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2013 by Hannah Fielding
I really enjoyed the story which wove a romantic tale around Sir Francis Drake's American exploits which were well documented at the time by English and Spanish sources. Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2013 by Tweedledum
This gets 5* from me for the way the main character grows from a spoilt, petulant young woman into a plausible heroine, and for the thoroughness of the historical context. Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2013 by Geoffrey Gudgion
Mistress of the Sea is set in 1570 against the background of Elizabethan England when glorious sea voyages led to the allure of prosperity, and the magnetism of inscrutable sea... Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2013 by jaffareadstoo
Jenny Barden's brilliant debut novel is the type of story that first hooked me on historical fiction many years ago. Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2013 by Jean Fullerton
OK, you're looking for something specific, you want high sea's action, a story of love and romance and mix it all up in Elizabethan England? Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2013 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
Adventure, suspense, action, poignant loss and conflicted love--Jenny Barden's Mistress of the Sea offers all this, and more. Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2013 by M E Porter