Title: Undead Men Tell No Tales
Author: Corrine O’Flynn
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Rating: 5 Stars
Even the craftiest pirate can’t outrun the curse of the sea witch.
Known on the high seas as the Fog Queen, Morianna Swift never imagined her life as a pirate. But after her father and brother’s deaths, she has no choice; she’ll be damned if she’ll stand by and watch as the family fortune is taken by the murderous thieves at the East India Company. While fleeing her previous life as a high-born lady, Morianna is cursed with a powerful hex that imprisons her forever upon the waves.
Unable to master the magic to free herself, Morianna seeks the one being powerful enough to remedy her curse. Everyone knows that a deal with the sea witch seals your fate as sure as succumbing to the siren’s song, but Morianna rolls the bones anyway and puts her fate in the hands of the sorceress. Locked in an unbreakable promise that threatens not only her soul, but the souls of those she loves, Morianna refuses to accept that there’s no way out.
All of this while the East India Company continues their quest to dominate the ports, the city, and the sea—at all costs. Caught in the current of two opposing forces, Morianna finds herself in the middle of a maelstrom that threatens to destroy everything she’s fought so hard to protect.”
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Pirate fantasy has unexpectedly become one of my favourite genres lately, which The Pirates of the Carribean franchise definitely paved the way for. Corrine O’Flynn did not disappoint in this magical adventure set on the high seas.
Morianna has become captain of her father’s fleet, which she inherited due to the deaths of her father, brother, and husband in quick succession. After faking the death of her nephew, Robert, he and her son Hamish are all she has left in the world and she will do anything to protect them. Robert, in charge of one of Morianna’s ships, the Urchin, has fallen madly in love with Eliza Blount. The daughter of Josias Blount, the man in charge of sending the entire East India Company after Morianna and her fleet, Eliza is trying to avoid her own terrible fate: marriage to a man she doesn’t love for the sake of her father’s monetary ambitions.
Morianna’s husband was the Earl of Clarence before his death, a title which was passed down to young Hamish shortly after. However, Morianna will not let her son return to their family home where her evil mother-in-law resides and wishes to manipulate him. However, when the Dowager Countess casts a curse on Morianna, forcing her to stay out at sea on pain of death, Morianna must turn to a renowned sea witch for help. But of course, the lifting of the curse comes with its own conditions: Morianna must find a legendary sword: The Salacia Sword, before the next full moon, or her soul will be lost forever.
There was never a dull moment in this book, and while piracy is Morianna’s game, she is an ethical pirate who steals from the rich to give to the poor. A take on pirating I really love, and it made connecting with Morianna easier still, who is a character full of love for those close to her, and yet so resilient when they are taken from her.
This book contained a lot of intertwined destinies that were explored through various POVs including Morianna’s, Robert’s, and Josias Blount. These various storylines made the climax, where it all came together, all the more entertaining.
Corrine O’Flynn has a great writing style. The pacing and flow were seemingly effortless, and made this book difficult to put down. This book was pretty short though, and I would have loved to see a little from the perspective of the Dowager Countess. While she’s quite an easy antagonist to dislike without making an appearance at all, seeing her in action would have been awesome, especially when I learned that the curse she placed on Morianna had to be uttered on the dying breath of one of her acquaintances.
Really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys pirate fantasy or historical fantasy. Grab your copy here – it’s currently selling for 99c and who knows how long that will last!
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