Steel – Carrie Vaughn

13 Mar

By Carrie Vaughn
Available 15 March 2011

It was a slender length of rusted steel, tapered to a point at one end and jagged at the other, as if it had broken. A thousand people would step over it and think it trash, but not her.
This was the tip of a rapier.

Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure.

The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past and surrounded by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. But a pirate’s life is bloody and brief, and as Jill learns about the dark magic that brought her there, she forms a desperate scheme to get homeβ€”one that risks everything in a duel to the death with a villainous pirate captain.

Time travel, swordplay, and romance combine in an original high-seas adventure from New York Times bestseller Carrie Vaughn.

This Blonde’s Review:
Isn’t this a beautiful cover?! I love it. When I had the chance to review this I was drawn in by the cover first, and the author second. I have read Carrie Vaughn’s Voices of Dragons and loved it. So I was ready to sign up to read this book before I even read the description.

Jill is a dedicated fencer who is beating herself up over a loss when her parents take her on vacation. While there she finds a broken rapier tip on the beach and keeps it for good luck. When she falls overboard on a boat trip with her family she finds herself transported back in time to a Real Live Pirate ship. She doesn’t believe it could be true. She tries to find a logical explanation. When she accepts where she is she spends a lot of time trying to find out how to get home again. The pirates on the ship aren’t really what she expected pirates to be like, something she really starts to understand how different they are from what people believe about pirates.

Of course it really can’t be that simple. There is more to deal with than being in another time with pirates. The rapier tip Jill found has more powers than just to transport her through time. It also points the way towards an evil pirate who owns the rest of the sword. It points towards a battle that is coming as soon as their ship reaches his.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked Jill. How driven she is to succeed, and how quick she is to recognize how unimportant all her worries Really are in the light of her new circumstances. She doesn’t just weep and hide, she stands strong. Going into the past gave her a chance to recognize her strength and decide what she would do with it.

If you like a YA fantasy where a girl learns to recognize her strength and what is important, then you’ll love this one.


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