Lola is a gypsy with a gift for dancing. She is stolen from her family and her innocence sold, with Lola dumped on the streets afterwards. Forced to make a living by stealing, she is caught and sentenced to transporting to the New World in America. She becomes an indentured servant, with some basic medical knowledge. Lola steals away and ends up "married" to Edward Teach or the infamous Blackbeard. Being the thirteenth wife of this notorious pirate doesn't bode well for Lola's future, can she survive where so many others didn't?
This is an extremely dark read, with Lola Blaise assaulted, beaten, and degraded numerous times. The plot is gripping and fast moving though, filled with characters that are larger than life. Filled with many sexual encounters of a forced nature, this is not a book for the faint of heart.
Fire on Dark Water is recounted by an English gypsy called Lola Blaise, who knows that Captain Edward Teach is a buccaneer when she marries him but has no idea she is about to become the thirteenth wife of the infamous Blackbeard, nor does she realize the unconscionable deeds she will have to perform to avoid the fate of her tragic predecessors. The action takes place in the Eighteenth Century's 'Golden Age of Piracy'. Lola takes us on an epic journey from her early Romany childhood, to loss of innocence in the slums of London, a horrific voyage on a white slave ship, indentured servitude on a Charleston rice plantation, life in a brothel on the 'Pirate Republic' of New Providence, and ultimately aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge (Blackbeard's flagship), as she interacts with real characters in factual situations. This is a gritty, violent, realistic portrayal of the lascivious, often manic events, acted out by dangerous drunk individuals with little left to lose.
Warning: Not a tale for the faint of heart!