Piratica: Piratica Hardcover – 12 Feb 2004
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Presented most handsomely by the notorious author Tanith Lee, Piratica is her daring tale of a single-girl's adventure upon the high seas and is most definitely not what it says it is on the tin--this is a novel of great invention and bountiful surprises.
Taking place in a parallel world in the year Seventeen-Twelvety (approximately 1802) this almost historical adventure begins with 16-year-old Miss Artemesia Fitz-Willoughby Weatherhouse, or Art for short, coming to her senses in her select but dreary prison that is the Angels Academy for Young Ladies. She longs for the life her deceased mother Molly led and is determined to break out and rebel against her uneasy aristocratic father. Molly Faith was a notorious female pirate who coined and earned the feared nickname Piratica.
Taking a rare chance to escape her educational shackles, Art makes for Ports Mouth and the unruly inn where her mother's old shipmates congregate to drown their sorrows. Taking on her mother's mantle and battle cry--Art urges them to resurrect their former seafaring career of blaggardry and to strike out for further fame and infamy. It is at this juncture that Art learns a fearful and totally jaw-dropping truth about her infamous mother's past life. It's a twist so unexpectedly twisty that it may well be the twistiest turn a story has ever embarked upon.
This is a novel about which the reader cannot help but feel an enormous sense of fun and warmth. The author's editorial tongue is firmly in cheek throughout, but its rip-roaring spirited and pleasurable nevertheless. Suitable for readers aged 12 and over. --John McLay
Tanith Lee restores one's faith in fiction as the expression of imagination and original thought. (The Guardian)
On recent evidence, pirate stories look like being the next big thing. If so, may they al be as much fun as this one, by the Cat's Elbows! (Jan Mark, The Guardian)
... a wonderfully rumbustious fantasy that is as clever as it is entertaining. (The Independent)
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The story begins with the 16 year-old heroine, Artemisia or Art for short, suddenly recovering lost memories of her childhood; a childhood spent at sea with her mother, pirate captain Molly Faith. She leaves her prim, suffocating girls' school behind and sets off to find her mother's old crew and embark on an adventure of her own. However, her recently retrieved memories are not quite as reliable as she thinks!
My admiration for this book grew as I read it. For the first three or four chapters (setting scenes, meeting characters) I was only mildly interested, but once Art discovers the truth about her memories, I was hooked. By the end of the second part, I came to regard the characters, (Art, each of the pirates ... even the parrot), with affection, really caring about what happened to them. By the third part, the adventure becomes a real page-turner. I should warn you that the Amazon synopsis bears little resemblance to the book's actual plot; for example, there is NO character called Belladora Fan!
Art isn't simply the standard feisty heroine, but an oddly noble girl, determined to follow her star ... whilst continually bewildered by enigmatic (possibly false) memories of her childhood. Her romantic interest, Felix, is also no stereotype ... and for much of the book it is difficult to understand his true motives for joining the pirates. The book's conclusion is both dramatic and satisfying, holding your attention until the very last page.Read more ›
I wanted books like this, and heroines like this, when I was young.
Set in a world that is not unlike ours, we follow the story of Artamesia Fitz-Willoughby Weatherhouse (or Art for short) as she tries to follow in her mothers footsteps and become the female pirate scourage of the sea - Piratica
Little to Arts knowledge, the whole legend of Piratica is a fake!... well to a degree.
Upon discovering her mothers old crew and setting sail on a stolen ship, we see them plunder, pilage and out smart many ships.
I'm not going to spoil the ending for anyone but i would really advise you to read this book, even if you only read up to the parrot bit (the best bit in the whole book in my opinion).
The only thing i'm abit disappointed about is the romance. In Taniths other books i felt that the romance was stronger while in this it wasn't.
If this is the first Tanith Lee book you've read then i'd advise you for read her "Wolf Tower Sequence".
Artemisia escapes school and her horrid father, and goes to London to find her ma's old crew, determined to begin the adventures again. But was everything quite as she remembers?
Art's journey covers thousands of miles and many literature and pop culture references. Recognising these old friends is as much fun as the story. And it's written in Lee's usual elegant style, with understated humour - if a little broader than usual in the case of the parrot poo. Shall we just say: I enjoyed it so much, when I had finished it I immediately bought the sequel.
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