The Buccaneer's Apprentice

The Buccaneer's Apprentice

by V. Briceland
     
 

On his first sea voyage away from the magical city of Cassaforte, seventeen-year-old Nic Dattore awakens to find the vessel overrun by marauding pirates—and everyone else on board kidnapped or killed. After slaying the pirate who attacked him, Nic tosses a torch into a cache of gunpowder and blows up the ship.

Washed up on a deserted island, Nic and a motley

Overview

On his first sea voyage away from the magical city of Cassaforte, seventeen-year-old Nic Dattore awakens to find the vessel overrun by marauding pirates—and everyone else on board kidnapped or killed. After slaying the pirate who attacked him, Nic tosses a torch into a cache of gunpowder and blows up the ship.

Washed up on a deserted island, Nic and a motley crew of castaways decide to commandeer the pirate ship to get home. They battle pirates, assassins, and a cursed ship with a powerful secret while racing against time to save Cassaforte from a diabolical coup.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Nic Dattore, 17, is the hero of this second book in the series. In the magical world of Cassaforte, his dreary life of indentured servitude seems cursed by misfortune. Traveling with a Dickensian theater troupe by sea, he ends up fending off pirates, losing his fellow thespians, and ending up on a deserted island. There he meets a charming Gurgi-like reformed pirate named Maxl; a girl named Darcy; and an old man, Jacopo. This motley band takes over the pirate ship, determined to sail it to Cassaforte so Jacopo can warn the city of an impending attack. In the process, Nic pieces together clues regarding his identity and the curse attached to him. Even if teens haven't read The Glass Maker's Daughter (Flux, 2009), they can immerse themselves in this title as it is more of a companion novel than a strict sequel. The setting suggests a pseudo-European world similar to those found in Kai Meyer's The Water Mirror (S & S, 2005) or Cornelia Funke's The Thief Lord (Scholastic, 2002) complete with fake French, Italian, and Dutch language constructs. Some may enjoy the oddly familiar settings while other fantasy readers might wish for something more unique. Teens who read pirate novels or adventure-driven fantasy will identify with Nic's courageous attempts to help his friends and turn his misfortunes around. The dialogue can be disconnected, but the humor, friendship, and sword fighting make this title worth recommending.—Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738718958
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
04/08/2010
Series:
The Cassaforte Chronicles Series, #2
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Though he has written primarily under his variousaliases before now, Vance Briceland is the award-winning author of several adult and young adultnovels, including You Are SO Cursed, a 2005American Library Association Quick Pick forReluctant Young Adult Readers title.

Originally from Richmond, Virginia and a graduate of the College of William and Mary, Briceland moved toRoyal Oak, Michigan, where he now lives, to studyBritish literature at Wayne State University.

He has since worn many hats, each more fantastic than the last, as soda jerk, a paper flower maker in an amusement park, a pianist for a senior citizens’ show tunes choir, an English teacher, a glass artist, and a novelist.

While he does not blow glass, Briceland is a stained glass window and panel lamp artist and also works with kiln-formed glass, where the heat only gets up to about 1,500 degrees. He says, “The much higher temperatures involved in blowing glass scare me!”

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