Monday 16 March 2020

Book Review: On Wilder Seas by Nikki Marmery (Historical Fiction)

Title: On Wilder Seas
Author: Nikki Marmery
Publisher: Legend Press

Publication Date: 16 March 2020
eBook - PDF
Historical Fiction
Review Copy from Publisher

April 1579: When two ships meet off the Pacific coast of New Spain, an enslaved woman seizes the chance to escape.

But Maria has unwittingly joined Francis Drake s circumnavigation voyage and he s about to set sail on a secret detour to find the fabled Anian Straits in the far north.

Sailing into danger, fog and ice on the Golden Hind, a lone woman among eighty men, Maria will be tested to the very limits of her endurance. It will take all her wits to survive and courage to cut the ties that bind her to Drake to pursue her own journey.

How far will Maria go to be truly free?

Inspired by a true story, this is the tale of one woman s uncharted voyage of survival.

I really enjoyed the premise behind this book: taking a little-known historical figure and weaving a tale around her, telling a possible version of her story. Maria is an interesting character in many ways; however, I struggled to connect with her on a deeper level and failed to get caught up in her story as much as I would have liked in a book such as this. Marmery's prose is readable and without any major issues, but it didn't captivate me, and at times I felt the full focus on Maria left some of the secondary characters a little underdeveloped. That said, the story was still entertaining and there was plenty of action and adventure to keep you turning the pages. For me, this is a 3.5-star read. It's by no means a bad book; it's simply that, for me, it lacked that certain spark to make it a great one.

I received this book as an eBook ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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