Queen Of Black Sails

Fiction - Fantasy - General
64 Pages
Reviewed on 07/29/2019
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Author Biography

Author, artist, musician. You could say I'm the creative sort. My humour takes some getting used to. Born in Pembroke Ontario, raised in neighbouring city Cobden. I've enjoyed creating written worlds since I could read. My favourite project in school was when we got to write a story. I can spend hours talking about new ideas with like minded writers.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite

P. J. Daniels’ Queen Of Black Sails is a short fantasy tale that tells an adventurous story. It is packed with magic, sudden twists of events, and suspense. Everything begins when the protagonist, the daring Captain Sarah Chartimands, rescues an old friend after attacking a ship. Sarah lives in a magical world with her crew of pirates and is scheming to steal the king’s gold. However, her plan is not perfect, and when something goes wrong, she finds herself hunted and fearing for her life. At that point, she reflects on her situation and many doubts overwhelm her. Will she be able to find her way out of this impossible situation?

Readers who love adventurous and magical stories will find Queen Of Black Sails very much to their liking. This fast-paced and short novel is praiseworthy because it combines a straightforward plot and fantasy elements. It does not linger on long descriptions, but the main ingredients of the story color it with magic. P. J. Daniels has used some popular elements such as pirates, magic, and a treasure hunt to make this an exciting story. The characters are interesting, relatable, and as in the case of Captain Sarah Chartimands, they have the features of superheroes. Captain Sarah is a strong woman, and she really is the one around whom the whole action revolves. I recommend Queen Of Black Sails to young adults who love fantasy stories and to older readers who appreciate a fantastic trip.

Grant Leishman

Queen of Black Sails by P J Daniels is essentially a short story set in a world of fantasy and magic. Sarah Chartimands is the pirate captain of the Lady Flotsam, who plunders from those who work for the king. She earned her command by right as a powerful and ruthless fighter. When Sarah rescues an old friend, a wizard who taught her much about magic, she has in mind an audacious plan to raid the king’s main treasury, which is buried in a vault deep beneath the sea, in a place where even divers cannot venture. The wizard is Sarah's ace-in-the-hole. He can do things with magic that make such an outrageous plan not only possible but, Sarah is sure, a certainty. What she doesn’t gamble on is the king’s own magic defenses and soon Sarah, her first mate and the wizard himself will find themselves in a battle of swords and magic that will test them all to the limits.

I thought Queen of Black Sails had a fantastic premise and author P J Daniels did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. There was, however, so much more that I wanted to know about Sarah, her previous life (it was hinted at one point that she was previously a princess), how she came to choose a pirate’s life over the one she had. Although this was touched on briefly, a longer book would have given more room for expansion. I also had questions about the wizard, his relationship with Sarah and why they were so close. That being said, the author produced a real rollicking yarn in the space available. The fight scenes were fantastically written, exciting, exhilarating and frequent. I did enjoy the sort of out-of-body experiences Sarah and her first mate experienced at various times. If you like a jolly good yarn, with plenty of swashbuckling and magic thrown in, you’ll love Queen of Black Sails. It certainly awakened my interest in this author’s work.