My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: ARC Received from Publisher to review
Genre: Fantasy/Fairy Tale
Book Description: Determined to seek his fortune, Percival Taylor leaves behind his sleepy hometown and sets out to become a legendary pirate only no one at the roguish seaport of Blackshore will allow him anywhere near a ship! Percival must find other means to win the heart of the beautiful Tuppence Magrathia-Paddock, who has mistaken him for a pirate rogue out of one of her romantic tales. She is entirely willing to swoon into his arms if he can prove his buccaneer soul and she is willing to arrange her own kidnapping to prove it. Percival eventually finds himself captain of a broken-down ship, complete with a crew of pirates.
My thoughts: Swept Up by the Sea is a whimsical fantasy with romance and adventure. It has many moments of silliness and comedy.
Percival is a young man who makes the "mistake" of visiting Madame Zoltana's Fortunes. When Madame Zoltana discovers that he is getting advice from the Dragon's Bard, her old nemesis, she leads him astray and sets him on a course for adventure and the road to piracy.
From there, the story includes several characters. Each of them has a story to tell and a part to play. The irony is that they are all working toward the same conclusion.
If you want to read a book that is just for fun, then this is the perfect book. It has many creatures of fantasy and fiction in one book. There are pirates, Bard's, mermen, naiad's, djinn, etc. The cast of characters is an unlikely mix, that work for this book. This is an unlikely tale. It's clean and the characters learn about themselves and life in general.
About the Author's: NYT Best-selling fantasy authors Tracy Hickman, with his wife Laura, began their journey across the 'Sea of Possibilities' as the creators of 'Dragonlance' and their voyage continues into new areas with the 'Drakis' trilogy, 'Wayne of Gotham', a Batman novel for DC Comics and his 'Dragon's Bard' collector's series . Tracy has over fifty books currently in print in most languages around the world. A record of both Tracy and Laura's DNA currently orbits on the international space station and he is the writer and editor of the first science-fiction movie actually filmed in space.