I, James by Mike Hartner
James Crofter was ripped from his family at age 11.
Within a year the prince was a pauper in a foreign land.
Is nature stronger than nurture? And even if it is, can James find the happiness he so richly desires?
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I, James based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I, James is the second book in the Eternity Series. I read book one and enjoyed it so I decided to read book 2 as well. James is a man who was kidnapped as a child by his uncle at age 11 and forced into slavery. As he grows up he thinks of something but escape and freedom. He finally wins his freedom only to find out that some things may be more important than freedom. He runs into Rosalind who has a similar situation to him. She was torn from her family as well and ended up escaping her master. As a result she is living as a boy as a ships cook. The book asks the question of if 2 abused former slaves are able to rise above, survive, and love. I found that I enjoyed this book a bit more than the first book. Rosalind is a spitfire who has not been broken despite what she has been through. James is a character that has had to be strong and brave his whole life. It is almost like they were created for each other and fate slammed them together. The author was good at creating a well flowing story as well as weaving in historical details. It was done at a good pace but I was upset with the ending but I understand why the author did it that way. I won't spoil it for you but all I can say is read it!
The narrative is full of both land and sea adventure, quite a page turner. You travel to exotic foreign lands, fight off pirates and undesirable seamen. Slavery is explored without sparing deplorable treatment of slaves, the cruelty of the master as well as slave capturers, the reader will be deeply affected. The 1600’s is a harsh time, Hartner describes the times and challenges very well. James and Rosalind equally captured my heart. Both their stories are emotional and heartbreaking, abducted and forced into a life of slavery at such a young age. James possesses an incredible strength, values, and all around appealing personality, you find yourself drawn to him immediately and feel for his situation and barbaric treatment. His kindness is immeasurable. James is awe inspiring. Rosalind is a pillar of strength, brave and courageous, she pulls at your heart, you find yourself invested in her the moment you meet her. James and Rosalind’s lives are parallel, no surprise destiny unites this dynamic duo. A wonderful story for all ages. A tale of survival, forging ahead under the most difficult circumstances, maintaining hope. Harshness balanced by incredible kindness. A wonderful romance with heroics, peppered with multiple fantastic themes.
The ocean has always captivated me since childhood. I would pull out an atlas and imagine myself sailing on a 16th-17th century era boat, journeying to exotic lands to absorb history and culture. This is one of the reasons why I have enjoyed "The Eternity Series". I feel whisked away to my childhood, most especially as the protagonists in this series always begin as children. "I, James" is a wonderful follow-up to "I, Walter". And I loved that the author, Mike Hartner, added a female point-of-view! YES! Rosalind was spunky and feisty, a fun match for James, who relished her spirited company. A bounty of fun, historical details weave throughout the story, adding flavor to the characters' lives. It appears as though the trend of a female point-of-view will continue for book three as well :-) If you like clean romance, coming-of-age stories, and life at sea, you'll enjoy "I, James". I recommend this story for middle grade on up.