Thursday, March 14, 2013

Steel by Carrie Vaughn

SteelTitle: Steel
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Release Date: March 15, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Number: 291
Format: Hardcover


It was a slender length of rusted steel, tapered to a point at one end and jagged at the other, as if it ha broken. A thousand people would step over it and think it trash, but not her.

This was the tip of a rapier.

Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure.

The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past and surrounded by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. But a pirate's life is bloody and brief, and as Jill learns about the dark magic that brought her there, she forms a desperate scheme to get home--one that risks everything in a duel to the death with a villainous pirate captain.

My Review
I hadn't read a pirate book before I picked up Steel, and I really enjoyed it. I wouldn't have normally picked this up, but it was on my friend's shelf and I figured why not.
The main idea of this book is Jill trying to find her way home after she was transported to the time of the pirates. I thought that was a pretty neat concept, and I thought it was cool that Jill was a fencer, because I also hadn't read any books on fencing. The pirates in this book aren't your typical movie pirates, but they aren't total softies either. They rescue slaves from slave ships, but they also are willing to fight a ship if need be. I thought these pirates were very well done.
Truth be told, I would have liked some more action in this book. I thought when I went into it that there were going to be fights on pratically every page, and that lots of people were going to die. And while I didn't get a lot of fighting, I was okay with what I had, though more would have been nice. This book went along at a fairly nice pace, and I found it rather enjoyable to read about.
Jill as a main character was pretty good. I liked her, and I liked how she wasn't cocky about her fencing skills and that she wasn't soft and terrified. I didn't love her as much as I was hoping to, but she was still a pretty good character. Like I said, I liked the pirates and I thought that all their characters were done really well too.
The writing style of this book was good. I liked how Carrie Vaughn described the whole aspect of pirate life, and I thought it was really neat. I liked how she created her characters, especially the pirates, and the whole aspect of this book was really unique.

Rating: 4/5 worms
I think this book would please many pirate fans and general readers alike. I enjoyed the pirates most of all and I would definitely recommend it.

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