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L. A. Meyer – The Wake of the Lorelei Lee

November 15, 2010

136. The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, on Her Way to Botany Bay by L. A. Meyer (2010)
Bloody Jack, Book 8

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6. My Bonny Light Horseman
7. Rapture of the Deep

Length: 554 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Started: 31 October 2010
Finished: 02 November 2010

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? The Bloody Jack series combines two of my favorite sub-genres: boys on boats, and girls dressing as boys to sneak into the military (at least originally; Jacky’s not so much for pretending to be a boy any more).

Jacky sails for a
life Down Under… but it’s not
by her own choosing!

Summary: Jacky Faber is back in action, and with the gold that she, erm, misplaced during the salvage of the Santa Magdalena, she’s bought herself a new ship, the Lorelei Lee, and is headed for London, where her beloved Jaimy is waiting. Unfortunately, a nasty plot cooked up by some old enemies is also waiting for her, and no sooner does she arrive in England than she is tried for treason (all that misplaced gold) and sentenced to be transported for life to the penal colony of Australia. And to make matters worse, the Crown has confiscated the Lorelei Lee, and Jacky will be traveling halfway around the world on her very own ship – but as a convict, rather than the captain. But, of course, the infamous Jacky Faber won’t stay beaten for long…

Review: The Bloody Jack books are 100% literary candy to me, and I devour them just as quickly. I love nautical stories, and these books manage to pack in more shipboard adventure than you can shake a sail at, and manage to combine it all with a lively, sassy, funny, independent narrator. Jacky’s stayed much the same since the beginning of the series, and although I could easily see getting tired of her if I read too many of these books back to back, in individual doses, she’s pretty irresistible, with her knack for trouble and her irrepressible joie de vivre.

The books continue their habit of re-introducing minor characters from earlier in the series, which is not only difficult for readers with a leaky memory like mine, but also gives the impression that the Atlantic – and the Pacific, now, too – are populated only by people that Jacky already knows. Still, this volume seemed to be a lot more self-contained than previous ones, and thus I had a bit of an easier time of things – I couldn’t remember the exact circumstances in which Jacky had previously met most of these characters, but it was summarized well enough that it didn’t matter. Overall, another fun installment in the series, which hasn’t gotten stale yet: I’ll keep reading them if you keep writing them, Mr. Meyer. 4 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: This book could probably be read independently of the rest of the series, but if the idea of sassy female pirates appeals to you, then you may as well start with Bloody Jack.

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First Line: She is beautiful. She is trim in the waist and young – only sixteen years old – and frisky as a new filly.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2010 10:08 am

    I’ve seen this series floating around; I’ve always hoped it was good, as I, too, love the awesome subgenre of girls dressing as boys to get into the military.

    • November 16, 2010 10:16 am

      Omni – You should definitely check out the Bloody Jack books, then! Jacky is, as my grandmother would have put it, “a piece of work”, and her personality (of which there is a lot) probably isn’t to everyone’s taste, but if you get along with the narration, then these books are a ton of fun.

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