The Taskill Witches trilogy comes to an end with this stellar entry that entertains with its unbridled sexuality and intelligent storytelling. Love overcomes all obstacles during a rocky voyage, both on land and sea, as Maisie and Roderick find their happy ever after. The crew of the Libertas adds its own dynamic to the tale.
Maisie Taskill is a witch. As a child, she watched her mother burn at the stake. Now, she must flee the benefactor who wants to harness her powers for his own nefarious ends. To unleash those powers, he has to take her virginity. Maisie bargains that commodity for passage on Captain Roderick Cameron’s ship, the Libertas. He agrees, despite the uproar from his crew, who do not believe a woman belongs on a ship. Roderick and Maisie begin a passionate relationship that unleashes her full powers, but they are unaware her sponsor has enlisted the British Navy to pursue the ship. (HQN, Apr., 384 pp., $14.95)