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Reviewed by Gretchen Jawurek for Readers' Favorite
Swashbuckling, yes! I am going to use the word 'swashbuckling.' The Black Corsair by Emilio Salgari and Nico Lorenzutti is nonstop action right from the first scene. The Black Corsair is all about vengeance. The Lord of Ventimiglia, otherwise known as the Black Corsair, is one of the most fearsome pirates in the West Indies. He is one of three brothers. His brothers are also Spanish lords turned pirates, and known as the Green Corsair and the Red Corsair. The brothers lost their lives: one in battle, and the other by hanging, all orchestrated by a Flemish duke, the turncoat Van Guld. Duke Van Guld is a greedy man, willing to do whatever it takes for wealth and power, even if it means betraying men who are fighting for him. Van Guld escapes the battle, leaving one of the Corsair brothers to die. After being hailed as the victor, Van Guld becomes the Governor of Maracaibo. One of his first deeds as the new Governor is to declare the other Corsair brother a traitor and hanged. This brings us to the first scene, with the Black Corsair retrieving his brothers’ bodies from Maracaibo. And the action doesn’t stop there…
The Black Corsair has action and adventure and is filled with loads of pieces of information about the history of the area, geography, animals, and birds. This book goes way beyond a simple pirate story; it is like reading a good pirate movie. It left me breathless and wanting to know what would happen next. Once you start reading The Black Corsair, you will not want to put it down. Action, adventure and romance, this book has it all! Anyone who reads Young Adult or anyone who likes a good story with action will love this book.