Now she’s training to become a soldier in the war he foresees and being experimented on by the army’s scientists. Ruby’s blood holds a secret, if only someone can unlock it.
Meanwhile, Captain Teach and Ruby’s friends—a motley crew made up of a young aristocrat, a servant, an alchemist, and mysterious woodswoman—are racing against time to find and liberate Ruby. Kent Davis’s imagining of a colonial America powered by alchemy is fascinating and wholly original, and he sweeps our heroes through cities and unsettled territories with imagination, humor, and magic.
This action-packed trilogy has equal appeal for both boy and girl readers—there’s never a dull moment.
“A combustive delight. Fans of Snicketian gloom will revel in the thrill. …Dastardly, heroic, and powerful roles are played by both sexes, but this tale is well-populated by members of the not-so-weaker sex ready to throw a punch. …Piracy, pyrotechnics, prison—prodigious.”
– Kirkus Reviews (STARRED review)
“Davis stays true to form in this incendiary sequel. Adventure is on every page, from ship fires to spy training, all across the alternate Colonial-era world he’s created.” – Booklist
“This is a fast paced, story-driven novel that never feels like the second book in a trilogy. Ruby is a complex character rocked back and forth with her differing emotions. …The novel ends on a cliffhanger ensuring fans will return for the final book of Ruby’s journey.” (School Library Journal)
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