Swept Up by the Sea by Tracy and Laura Hickman
Published July 2013
Hardcover, 336 pages
This was a fun and comical adventure!
It had fantasy, pirate action and even a little romance. It's been
described as “Pirates of Penzance meets Princess Bride”.
My family and I love the movie Princess Bride, having seen it
dozens of times. I even read the book. So I was eager to read Swept
Up by the Sea, which I enjoyed very much. Best of all, it's a
clean book appropriate for family reading, filled with
Percival Taylor wants adventure in his
life and not the marriage that is being arranged for him to Vestia, a
pretty village girl. So he leaves his town, escapes really, and finds
himself in Blackshore, where he embarks on a quest to become a pirate
and win the heart of the beautiful and determined Tuppence
Magrathia-Paddock, the governor's daughter. As a slew of characters
join him on his adventure, each with their own quests, they must all
pull together to survive the stormy seas and rethink their motives.
Authors Tracy and Laura Hickman have a
way of introducing characters so that each have their own unique
stories which all come together when the characters join up for the
sea voyage. This kept things fresh and unpredictable for me, and I
wondered throughout about how things would connect and how it would
all end. The characters were unique. I liked Vestia's fiery
disposition, Percival's clumsy but wholehearted attempts, Professor Nick-Knack's devotion, and famous Captain Swash's way of keeping his real
This story has fantastical creatures
found in fairy-tales such as minotaurs, mermaids and mermen, and
water nymphs. They play minor parts but make for fun reading.
Actually, if this book were to be made into a movie, it would be
visually appealing and entertaining. Lovers of fantasy movies would
I don't read too much fantasy but this
one really appealed to me because it wasn't filled with black magic
or sorcery but rather interesting characters with very unique
dilemmas in a comical fantasy setting. It was an entertaining book
with chivalrous male characters and strong female ones. The perfect
combination for a romantic fairy tale.
Note: This book is rated C = clean read.
Reviewed by Laura
Disclosure: Thanks to the publisher for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.