If you like Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, or Tanith Lee, then you will love the Bloody Jack Adventures series by L. A. Meyer.
The sixth installment of the series, My Bonny Light Horseman, will be released on September 1, 2008. Here is a brief overview of the series to whet your adventure appetite!
Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy
Mary Faber, who has been living on the streets since her entire family was killed by disease, puts on boy’s clothing and takes the name “Jack” so she can join the English Navy and get three square meals a day. But how long can she keep up “The Deception”?
Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady
Jacky Faber, her true identity revealed, is shipped off to Lawson Peabody’s School for Young Girls in Boston, and she is about to find out that young ladies can be even more dangerous than a life on the high seas. Not only does she have to contend with bullying and plotting by her classmates, but her high spirits get her in trouble with the law.
Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber
Jacky has left the Lawson Peabody School for Young Ladies to search for her true love and former shipmate Jaimy Fletcher. In an odd turn of events, she becomes the captain of a ship and engages in privateering (aka piracy!) and gets in trouble with the law (again!).
In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber
Reunited with her friends (and enemies) at the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls, Jacky tries to keep a low profile and stay out of trouble. But adventure finds her once again when she and her classmates are kidnapped and carried across the sea to be sold into slavery. Even Jacky has to wonder if she will be able to get out of this one.
Mississippi Jack: Being an Account of the Further Waterborne Adventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, Fine Lady, and Lily of the West
Jacky is once more on the run from the British authorities, and makes a plan to hide out in the untamed American west. She acquires a boat and makes a voyage along the Allegheny River (stopping in Pittsburgh for a bit!), down the Mississippi to New Orleans, and on to Jamaica, where she finally finds her true love Jaimy Fletcher. Unfortunately, he is just leaving on a year-long voyage to China. How much trouble can Jacky get into in a year? Probably a lot!
My Bonny Light Horseman: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, In Love and War
The infamous pirate, riverboat seductress, master of disguise, and street-urchin-turned-sailor Jacky Faber has been captured by the French and beheaded in full view of her friends and crew.
Inconceivable? Yes! The truth is she’s secretly forced to pose as an American dancer behind enemy lines in Paris, where she entices a French general into revealing military secrets—all to save her dear friends. Then, in intrepid Jacky Faber style, she dons male clothing and worms her way into a post as galloper with the French army, ultimately leading a team of men to fight alongside the great Napoleon.
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