Swept Up by the Sea: A Romantic Fairy Tale
Swept up by the Sea is a tale of pirates, mermaids, naiads, goblins, minotaurs, and of course treasure. A young lad, Percival Taylor is determined to seek his fortune. His adventure starts when his visits a Madame Zolatana, a fortune teller. Percival sets out to become a legendary pirate. He arrives unceremoniously in wet heap, at the Mistral's Mistress Tavern having been soaked by a storm. Much to Percival's dismay the innkeeper, Sturvant MacKraegen know as 'Stoney, informs him that he is to share a room for the night. But Percival will have none of that and decides to pay extra for his own room. The inn is known to be the Pirates Lair of Blackshore. Many of the rogues and scallywags from the ship Revenge are drinking and staying at the tavern. Percival told everyone at the tavern that he was an 'adventurer' and no stranger to those kinds of houses. Meanwhile, the Governor of Blackshore is out of town leaving his daughter and her companion on their own. Tuppence, the Governor's daughter, is determined to seek a rogue who will sweep her off her feet into a life of romance and adventure. The story continues with Percival experiencing a series of events and adventures, with magical and strange characters along the way.
The novel is a young adult (YA) fantasy. Tracy and Laura Hickman, the authors, have succeeded in creating a book that is enjoyable for most ages. Descriptive writing elicits vivid images for the reader. Tracy and Laura's words paint a picture of characters, places and events that could make a great movie. Percival, a handsome, somewhat naive young lad, becomes a heroic and lovable character. Each individual in the story have their own unique being, whether human or imaginary. Adventures abound for all not just Percival. The Dragons Bard, Professor Knick-Knack, a Djara in a bottle to buried treasure, a ghost ship, and mutiny at sea. The tale flows and should capture the imagination of most readers whatever their age.
Swept up by the Sea piqued my interest from the first description I had read, "… It’s Pirates of Penzance meets Princess Bride". Penzance, Cornwall, England was my connection to the book, having lived there in my youth. But I did not find any reference throughout the story. Yet the 'fantasy land' diminished any disappointment at no mention of Penzance. And at times I found myself creating a picture of pirates and pirate ships off the coast of Cornwall. I liked how the authors dealt with introducing new characters into the story through a chapter for the main ones. This helped me keep track of their roles as the plot progressed. A highly recommended book for most ages.