Book Review/Giveaway:Sea Witch by: Helen Hollick

The time: the golden age of piracy - 1716

The Place: the Pirate Round - from South Africa to the Islands of the Caribbean.
Escaping the bullying of his elder brother, from the age of fifteen Jesamiah Acorne has been a pirate, with only two loves - his ship and his freedom. But his life is to change when he and his crew unsuccessfully attack a merchant ship off the coast of South Africa. He is to meet Tiola Oldstagh, an insignificant girl or so he thinks - until she rescues him from a vicious attack, and almost certain death, by pirate hunters. And then he discovers what she really is; a healer and a midwife - and a white witch. Her name, an anagram of "all that is good." Jesamiah and Tiola become lovers, despite her guardian, Jenna Pendeen's disapproval, but Stefan van Overstratten a Cape Town Dutchman, also wants Tiola as his wife, and Jesamiah's half brother Phillipe Mereno, is determined to seek revenge for a stolen ship and the insult of being cuckolded. When the call of the sea and an opportunity to commandeer a beautiful ship - Sea Witch - is put in Jesamiah's path, he must make a choice between his life as a pirate or his love for Tiola; he wants both - but Mereno and Von Overstratten want him dead. In trouble, imprisoned in the darkness and stench that is the lowest part of his brother's ship, can Tiola with her Craft, and the aid of Roux, Jesamiah's quartermaster and the rest of his loyal crew, save her pirate? And can she keep Jesamiah safe from another who wants him for herself? From the elemental being that is Tethys, Goddess of the Sea? A charismatic pirate rogue and a white witch - what better combination for a story of romance and high-sea fantasy adventure?
I have long been a fan of Helen Hollick from her Arthurian Legend Series. Ms. Hollick is a wonderful writer and she does a fantastic job at research for her novels. This book was so much fun to read, I am used to a more historical, very pseudo-fact based feel in her work but this book had a nice fun edge with magic, love, longing, and of course, PIRATES. Who doesn't love a good pirate tale?
I love Jesamiah (not really his name, I called him Jesse as I read to make it easier on me) he goes through a horrible ordeal yet he bounces back to become a strong man. I love that he is a pirate but we get to see other aspects of his life, not just his sea-faring adventures.
This story is well researched, has fantastic characters, and lovely imagery. You will fall in love with Jesamiah and you will want to keep reading. I will read the rest of the books in this series.

Giveaway: Ms. Hollick was kind enough to offer a copy of the book for a giveaway. To enter leave a comment about your favorite pirate or pirate story and your email!

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DISCLAIMER: This ebook was provided by the author for a fair and honest review. 


  1. Oh my...I haven't read a pirate novel in some time. Long before the hoopola of Pirate of the Carribean, I enjoyed "The Bounty" and "Treasure Island"...not necessarily abour Pirates but they filled my curisity with the sea. As a child my favorite book was, "Island of the Blue Dolphins". At one time I wanted to be a marine biologist but was spooked when I tried to dive so gave that career the Thanks for the giveaway and I'd love to receive this book and be romanced by the sea once again. Fondly, Roberta

  2. I love Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean.

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  3. Roberta - I'd forgotten all about Island of the Blue Dolphins - I loved that book as well!

    Thanks for the lovely review & inviting me onto your blog m'dear - and good luck to everyone who enters!

  4. I would have to go with Peter Pan as my favorite. Does that count? hehe

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at yahoo dot com

  5. I love Jack Sparrow. We are big Pirates of the Carribean fans!

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  6. MMM I gotta go with Jack Sparrow

  7. Sounds like the stock answer, but I adore Jack Sparrow as well! Johnny Depp is the man! Thanks for the giveaway. =O)


  8. I love Pirates of the Caribbean and Jack. Please enter me in contest.

  9. I just finished reading Making Waves by Tawna Fenske. That was a pretty good pirate love story

  10. Definitely Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp is just amazing!!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  11. My favorite pirate is Captain Jack Sparrow! Yummy!

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  12. The first pirate I thought of was Captain Jack Sparrow.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  13. Jack Sparrow. =) I haven't read any grown up pirate books yet, just lots of pirate picture books for my son. Probably not the same. =)
    tiredwkids at live dot com

  14. Some of my favourite pirates are in Brenda Joyce's books including "The Game" and "The Prize". They are such passionate and tormented men. They are dashing and yet deadly.


  15. I'll always love Treasure Island.
    mmabunny13 at gmail dot com

  16. I love Rafe Rafton from The Morevi Chronicles.[@]gmail[.]com

  17. My favorite pirate is Jack Sparrow - I could look at Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow all day long!
    Thanks for the giveaway~
    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

  18. Captain Hook cracks me up. Jack sparrow is just yummy.
    Jennifer K Jovus
    kjovus at gmail dot com


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