If you are going to read this book, do not read the 'blurb' on the inside front cover. This is not so much blurb, but a consise telling of the entire story from beginning to end, leaving nothing for the readers with to discover for themselves. Quite why the publishers have chosen to do this is a mystery.
The novel follows the early years of Jack Sparrow, focusing on his time as a merchant seaman. Many of the characters from the films crop up, and fortunately all of their appearances add to the story and are not in any way contrived. At nearly 700 pages, it is a long read, and younger readers I feel would struggle. However, other than the first two chapters which contain a lot of 'filler material', the rest of the story is quite fast paced and does not lag.
I recommend this to those who are familiar with the films, however even as this is set before the films, anyone who has not seen them, may struggle to understand some aspects. All in all though, a good read, and one which I highly recommend if you want a story to get your teeth in to.
Genuinely one of my favourite books! I am an avid fan of the films and picked this up a couple of years ago and was so so amazed with how it was written. I would definitely re-read it too! Incredible and engaging plot, good writing style and a really interesting look into Jack Sparrow's past. Would recommend to any fans of the films and anyone who enjoys a pirate story really! :)