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3 out of 4 stars
Review by greenstripedgiraffe
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Honesty, a sense of fair play, and generosity rule Walter’s daily decisions as well as choices he makes when under significant pressure—such as fighting off a crew of pirates or defending the honor of girl captured by pirates. When Walter meets the love of his life, he wants nothing more than to prove himself worthy of asking her hand in marriage and sets out to search for ways to become wealthy. It is nearly impossible in this time period for someone of low birth to raise in position. Will the gods favor Walter in his quest? As a sailor in the royal navy, Walter faces a multitude of perilous situations. Pirates, nobility, danger, and mystery are all key players in Walter’s life.
When I review a book, I specifically look at the overall storyline, the pacing, and character development. Overall, I, Walter is a very easy read and has an adequate plot. The exciting action-filled pace and harrowing near-death experiences easily kept my attention. Regarding character development, Walter is generally a likable fellow, although he goes through life generally unaware of how he is perceived by others. Most of the other characters are somewhat flat, but the dialogue is overall solid and interesting. I also really like the fact that the romance is sweet and clean.
My biggest complaint is that I am not convinced that the author thoroughly researched history before writing. The time period felt more like a general setting than an integral part of the story. Mentions of actual historical people are rare and often vague. Even the king of England was referred to as “the King” throughout, although King James VI would have been the king of England. The author also introduces significant confusion about the king of Spain at the time. For these reasons, I take any history provided with a grain of salt. Some of the spelling was unusual to me, such as “sayling” instead of “sailing.” I guessed this was an attempt to provide some authenticity to the historical setting.
Overall, I rate this 3 out of 4 stars. I found the storyline to be unique and refreshing, but would not consider this to be solid historical fiction, even though set in the 1500’s. If the characters were better developed, I might be tempted to give this a solid 4, despite the lack of any solid historical authenticity.
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kimmyschemy06 wrote:Sounds interesting. Too bad, though, about the limited historical information. It seems like the author focused mainly on the plot. Good job on the review.
Yes, I think he did skimp a bit on the history part. Thanks!
-- 15 Mar 2017, 13:17 --
kandscreeley wrote:Interesting. I think an author should definitely do his research before writing a book like this. I don't know if I want to read a historical fiction if there really isn't much history. Thanks for the review though.
I do prefer a historical fiction with a real feel to it. The plot was interesting enough, though Thanks for reading my review!
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Tmn126 wrote:Thank you for this review. I am always interested in historical fiction. I'm a homeschool mom, and I think this genre can help history become real and relatable for my children more than a dry textbook ever could. However, when the history in a book is vague or inaccurate, it does sort of defeat the purpose. So that's really helpful information to have from a review. It doesn't necessarily make the book bad, but it does impact the reasons I might have fore reading it.
Thank you for reading my review! I do hope it helped.
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gali wrote:Sounds interesting! Too bad about the lack of sufficient research. I am glad you still enjoyed the book. Thank you for the great review!
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hsimone wrote:Thank you for the thorough review! I love that the plot is so captivating. However, when I read a historical fiction piece, I thrive on the factual information. Because this book lacked the historical pieces, I believe it is not for me. I'm glad, though, that you were still able to enjoy this read despite its flaws.
Thank you for your your kind comments. I was surprised at the lack of historicity! I think I would classify it in "other fiction" rather than "historical fiction."
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