Never again will I pass on a pirate book.
When Angelina, a barmaid, falls in love with Black Edward Tew, a sailor-turned-pirate who disappears, Angelina enlists Eddie’s help to find her lover.
When Eddie LaCrosse is asked to find Angelina’s lover Black Edward, he can’t refuse. Not only does he keep his office above Angelina’s tavern but he needs the money that she has offered him to track down Black Edward, who may or may not be dead and travelling on a ghost ship.
This book was more than what I was expecting. Never was I one to like swashbuckling reads, but Alex Bledsoe’s Wake of the Bloody Angel was downright riveting. I was expecting pure arrh matey stuff pirate dreams are made of, and while there were a lot piratical moments, this book was a mixture of adventure, light sorcery, and much to my surprise mystery noir, which added to the overall excitement of the book.
The plot was well thought out. The characters fully fleshed out. And the voice of the novel was enchanting. What surprised me most of all was that this was a second book in the series but read like a standalone. I wasn’t missing anything by not reading the first book. But seeing how good this one was I am definitely going to read the first.
Twenty years ago, a barmaid in a harbor town fell for a young sailor who turned pirate to make his fortune. But what truly became of Black Edward Tew remains a mystery—one that has just fallen into the lap of freelance sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse.
For years, Eddie has kept his office above Angelina’s tavern, so when Angelina herself asks him to find out what happened to the dashing pirate who stole her heart, he can hardly say no—even though the trail is two decades old. Some say Black Edward and his ship, The Bloody Angel, went to bottom of the sea, taking with it a king’s fortune in treasure. Others say he rules a wealthy, secret pirate kingdom. And a few believe he still sails under a ghostly flag with a crew of the damned.
To find the truth, and earn his twenty-five gold pieces a day, Eddie must take to sea in the company of a former pirate queen in search of the infamous Black Edward Tew…and his even more legendary treasure.