Reviews for Voyage of the Sea Wolf


Booklist Reviews 2012 August #1
This sequel to The Pirate Captain's Daughter (2011) takes up the story as young Catherine and her beloved William are rescued from Pox Island and taken aboard the Sea Wolf. Though led by a woman, this pirate ship offers little comfort for Catherine, as Captain Medb is determined to keep William for herself. Catherine's first-person narrative brings her own hardships and fears to the forefront, but her vivid descriptions of conditions on the ship show that everyone suffers in one way or another. The stock characters limit the book's appeal, so this is for larger collections and libraries where the previous volume found an audience. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2012 April #2
Ahoy ye mateys! Clamber on board the Sea Wolf for a salty adventure. As the first in Bunting's new series ended, 15-year-old Catherine, The Pirate Captain's Daughter (2011), had been marooned on a desolate island with William, cabin boy and love of her young life, and the situation was looking grim. They're rather fortuitously rescued by the Sea Wolf, captained by superstitious red-haired pirate Medb, a spirited and domineering woman. Medb is immediately smitten with William and determines to claim him as her own, whether or not the young lovers agree. Sebastian, the captain's wily assistant, comes to Catherine's aid, but the situation is still fraught with peril as they sail off toward a confrontation with a treasure ship. Like the first in the series, this effort is plot driven, but there's enough lusty adventure to sustain those pirate fans who may find Catherine's introspective yearning for William an unnecessary distraction from swashbuckling. It's a swift read with a strong female protagonist, a bit of romance and plenty of action. The grittiness of the situation is both informative and a bit disgusting: The pirates, for example, have a handy restroom--they haul themselves out over the sea in a net that features a conveniently placed hole. Aye, tis true. "Listen now, ye belly-whackers," pirate fans are sure to savor this seafaring adventure and crave another in the series. (Historical fiction. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 September

Gr 5-7--Marooned on an island in The Pirate Captain's Daughter (Sleeping Bear, 2011), Catherine and William are rescued by the pirate crew of the Sea Wolf at the start of this story. The two lovers vow to stay together, but they are not prepared for what awaits them. Catherine is surprised to discover that the ship's captain is a woman, and even more surprised that she takes a liking to William. When she finds out that the previously disguised Catherine is a girl, Captain Medb Moriarty forbids the two to have any contact, and locks Catherine in her quarters with her at night. Moriarty has her sights set on plundering two other pirate ships-Catherine's former ship The Reprisal and the bountiful Isabella-and she intends to make William her partner. Catherine is desperate to escape with William, but she fears that he's having second thoughts about his feelings for her. She spends her days mending sails alongside the friendly dwarf Sebastian, pining for William and thwarting the unwanted advances of lecherous Magruder. Catherine finally finds her strength when the Sea Wolf comes upon the beached-and presumably abandoned-Isabella and she must rescue William after a bloody surprise attack. A quick read for fans of pirate tales.--Wendy M. Scalfaro, G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton, NY

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VOYA Reviews 2012 October
The Voyage of the Sea Wolf is the sequel to Bunting's The Pirate Captain's Daughter (Sleeping Bear, 2011/VOYA June 2011). The story picks up where it left off, with Catherine and her love, Will, stranded on Pox Island. They have run out of the meager food and water that was left for them by the traitors who commandeered Catherine's late father's ship, the Reprisal, and left them to die. When a passing ship called the Sea Wolf allows them aboard, Catherine is stunned to discover that not only is the captain a pirate, but a woman as well. Any hope she harbored of becoming comrades with Captain Medb Moriarity, though, is abandoned as soon as the captain forcibly separates her from Will. If they so much as speak to one another, Medb threatened to maroon them again, this time on separate islands. The only chance they have to escape and be together again is to ride out whatever adventures a voyage on the Sea Wolf might bring. Bunting's sequel is much tighter, plot-wise, than the first book in the series. This ending is also more satisfying than the cliffhanger of The Pirate Captain's Daughter, and it does leave a comfortable opening for a third book in the series. The swashbuckling action in the book is balanced nicely with Catherine's internal monologue. Overall, this was a quick, historical read and a successful sequel. Order this title to complement the first book in the series.--Allison Hunter Hill 3Q 3P S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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