by Misty Massey

March 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7653-1802-2
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Trade Paperback

In another world, where magic is tightly controlled, and gifted children are taken from their parents, Kestrel has remained free. Her parents defied the edict to surrender Kestrel to the Danisobans, and paid for their defiance with their lives. Kestrel grew up on the streets, learning to hide her talents.

She has earned her place as quartermaster of the Wolfshead through loyalty and skill with a blade. When the pirate ship’s captain, Binns, is betrayed and arrested, Kestrel knows that she must help him escape. While making her plans, she also learns that she is being hunted as a missing Promise, one whose magic is untrained.

Pirates, magic, mystery and a little romance – what more could a reader ask for? Mad Kestrel offers readers some adventure and fantasy. Author Misty Massey has crafted a fine world and introduced some memorable characters. I was intrigued from the first page to the last.

Mad Kestrel will take readers on an interesting voyage, but the romance element is not the main theme. It is only one small part of the novel, which would have been a good read even if the romance was removed. Unfortunately, if I were to rate this book on the merits of the romance, it would not fare well. That would be a disservice to the author, so it has achieved a 4-rose rating for the overall quality of the story. The publishers who hope to capitalize on the romance readers with their marketing may be disappointed by the results.

Reviewed in February 2008 by Paula.

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