Book: Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman
Series: Blackhearts #2
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date Published: April 11th, 2017
Date Started: August 3rd, 2017
Date Finished: August 6th, 2017
Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.
Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.
Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.
Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.
Some of you may remember from last year that Blackhearts was one of my favorite reads of 2016. When it was announced there was going to be a sequel, I was really excited, especially since the book had ended on a cliffhanger that had me desperately wanting more.
More History. More Pirates!
In Blacksouls, we get to see what happened to our beloved main characters, Anne and Teach. Sometimes theres a fear of the dreaded sequel slump, but Blacksouls was a really strong sequel. I still loved the historical backdrop of the whole story, especially since Pirating in the Caribbean was a such a large part of naval history and gave birth to many pirate legends that we still know and recognize today. In Blacksouls, we’re introduced to a new setting, new characters, new villains, and new conspiracies. I especially loved that the pirates finally make an appearance. I got super giddy when I some some familiar names from history books I previously read.
I felt like this sequel had a lot more action to it than Blackhearts. It may have been because of all the pirates, but nonetheless, I still appreciated the fast pace. It made the story a real page turner and I could not put it down. But don’t get me wrong- the story slowed down in the moments that mattered. Aka the moments with Teach and Anne.
Speaking of Anne, I really loved her character evolution. She’s come a long way since we first met her in Blackhearts. I didn’t think I could love her any more than I already do, but here I am. She was a strong character in the beginning, and she seems even stronger now.
Blacksouls is a sequel that did no disappoint. It was fast paced and I loved all the new settings and characters. I can’t wait for a third book!