MISTRESS OF THE STONE

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This rousing historical tale of pirates and werewolves stays afloat when the action is on the high seas, thanks to Zannini’s realistic depiction of pirate life — but the story runs into rough sailing as it moves to land. Readers will root for the young heroine who discovers love and sexuality for the first time, but the mysterious island filled with all manner of paranormal beasties and were-folk is confusing and the backstories of some characters are never fully explained.

When Luisa Tavares’ pirate father is kidnapped by the French pirate-hunter Saint-Sauveur, she is determined to find him before the hunter comes for her. English pirate-hunter Xander Daltry tried to help Captain Tavares but failed, earning some severe injuries in the bargain. Left for dead, Xander is saved by Luísa, who shows no fear when he reveals his werewolf form. When she too is taken by Saint-Sauveur, Xander rescues her and takes her to the Isla de Sempiterno, where the dead are cursed to live eternally as grossly inhuman creatures. (SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM, dl $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Karen Sweeny-Justice