The Nature of a Pirate
by A.M. Dellamonica
Cover Artist: Cynthia Sheppard
Review by Mel Jacob
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765334510
Date: 06 December 2016 List Price $28.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The third novel in the Stormwrack trilogy, Nature of a Pirate is a young adult novel filled with maritime and sorcery adventure. Raised on Earth, Sophie Hansa and her brother Bram are the children of a couple from different Stormwrack nations. Stormwrack is an alternate world of seafarers. There, she battles ignorance and magic to save her parents and stop pending warfare, but places herself and Stormwrack in grave danger.
Sophie is an expert diver and has developed forensic skills that have earned her grudging respect on Stormrack and from her father. She has managed to resolve long standing disputes, including those between her parents. A recent spate of attacks involves sorcery and a particular magical creature that is destroying ships.
Adjusting to the differences in legal disputes and status as an unmarried young female, she discovers she has limited means to make things happen. To circumvent this, she becomes engaged. Working with her brother Bram, Sophie also uses Earth technology to discover the facts of various situations. However, that doesn't help much against sorcery.
This is an exciting adventure for those who like naval stories, weird politics, science, and sorcery. Dellamonica provides plenty of swashbuckling adventure and danger to satisfy most readers. Well written, nonetheless this novel is confusing if you haven't read the first two books. Child of a Hidden Sea, the first of the trilogy, met with mixed reviews, but many were favorable. A Daughter of No Nation, the second in the series, continued Sophie’s adventures as she works with her father, a judge, to resolve long standing disputes. Dellamonica has a growing body of fans who will be sorry to see the trilogy end. In the Nature of a Pirate, most loose ends are tied up, but not all. The ending still leaves some things not thoroughly resolved.