Genre: New Adult
Publication: December 31st, 2017
Cover Designer: Desiree DeOrto Designs
Her family name tainted by her great-grandfather’s crimes of piracy, Meriden Cummings is far from the typical 18th century woman. A social outcast, she works in a carpentry shop in a small village, where the people barely tolerate unconventional behavior.
However, her life takes a turn after a gang of pirates attack her village and her blood reveals an ancient map adorned with Mayan glyphs leading to Death Island. An island legends say is ruled by the Mayan god of the underworld, Ah Puch. Her great-grandfather had sought after the island before he vanished without a trace. Now, Meriden is about to journey across the sea to understand her family history.
There are only a few problems: her growing feelings toward a mysterious stranger linked to her great-grandfather’s past; a greedy band of pirates after her great-grandfather’s legendary treasure; and a contract she has unwittingly signed in blood with Ah Puch himself.
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This novel was everything that I hoped that it would be - filled with adventure, mystery, and intrigue. I loved almost every moment of this novel. Although at times, I felt like the pacing of the story was really slow, which is something I wasn't a huge fan of.
What I loved most about this book was the setting and mythology. It is set in the 18th century (1700s) and the myythology focused on during the story is Mayan mythology - a mythology that I knew nothing about when I opened up this book. And you add in a dash of pirates and this is the kind of story that I would read without a second thought - and I am glad that I did because I enjoyed it a lot.
I really liked the relationships within the story with Meriden's relationship with the mysterious stranger as my favorite relationship. I liked seeing how their relationship grew and changed throughout the novel, along with their characters growing.
I would highly recommend this novel if you are interested in historical novels or books about mythology. This was an absolutely amazing read!
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