The Ghost Ship: An Epic Historical Novel from the Number One Bestselling Author (The Joubert Family Chronicles)

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The Ghost Ship: An Epic Historical Novel from the Number One Bestselling Author (The Joubert Family Chronicles)

The Ghost Ship: An Epic Historical Novel from the Number One Bestselling Author (The Joubert Family Chronicles)

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Overall it was too long and far too slow and tried to focus on several generations of women which made it very long-winded. I know four stars may not seem like enough based on my review but for me it is a definite reread and there will be a physical copy with lots of notes and annotations in my future. Overall, The Ghost Ship is another beautifully written, incredibly enthralling third addition to The Joubert Family Chronicles by Mosse that grabs you from the very first page and does an outstanding job of blending historical facts with fiction that is both enlightening, romantic, and wonderfully compelling.

Being the third book in a series, and not reading the first two, I found that it was still quite easy to follow. Their paths become entwined in the most dramatic way, triggering long buried memories of bloody events in Louise’s own childhood. I get the need to keep the suspense, but it's a lot to ask of readers who are trying to keep track of everything else. This book requires you to read The Burning Chambers and The City of Tears for a proper understanding. A sweeping and epic love story, The Ghost Ship is a tale of adventure and buccaneering, love and revenge, stolen fortunes, piracy and hidden secrets on the high seas.Her writing is so lush and comforting to me, and I’d love to explore another time with her as my guide. In an age where women weren’t really even allowed on a ship, let alone be allowed to captain one, her speedy rise to Captain just didn’t feel believable. Louise Reydon-Joubert makes a spirited protagonist, determined not to let her gender prevent her achieving her ambition to become captain of her own ship, an ambition she has harboured (if you’ll pardon the pun) ever since her first experience aboard a ship as a young girl. As owner and later captain of her ship, she leads a very unconventional life for a woman of her time in many ways, but I will give no spoilers here … She is a woman who lives in a man’s world, at sea and being a pirate, righting the wrongs that slave traders are committing around the Canaries.

Whilst in La Rochelle she meets Gilles Barenton and is immediately attracted to this young man, however Gilles hides a secret. Her past being slowly revealed through current events triggering suppressed memories is interesting and adds tension to the story. And although Louise proves her worth to her crew there are people who simply cannot accept a woman as captain of a ship.I enjoy nautical tales set in sailing ships on the high seas and was delighted by this aspect of ‘The Ghost Ship’, especially as the central love story was inspired by the eighteenth-century female pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read. As Louise and Gilles lives uncontrollably intertwine, the reader is thrust into a world of intrigue, danger and blackmail.

The first book of the trilogy was great, the second was good, but this third one was dare I say it, boring. As with the other women in her family, Louise is a formidable character: bold, fearless and with a will of iron. Af en toe moest ik toch goed nadenken hoe het weer zat, waardoor ik het boek net niet in een ruk kon uitlezen.As a stand-alone story I appreciated the book, and probably would have enjoyed it more if the spectre of the earlier books hadn't coloured my perception. Like all Kate Mosse’s books, care has been taken to make it enjoyable and educational, chronicaling the events of the period - a bloodthirsty time which should not be forgotten. She sails on the ship that she owns, and finds herself the captain as they are sailing into an area where there are pirates and slavers.



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