Volume 1 of 5 begins in 1689 Port Royal, Jamaica, where Atia Crisp is imprisoned, awaiting trial, while refugees from Strangewayes's plantation seek their new home. Guided by Capitaine la Roche, they face pursuit by the pirate hunter Big Dick and the perilous terrain of Bocas del Toro. Their future home of Sérénité hangs in the balance, complicated by the outbreak of war with France.
Ye be warned - this series contains sexual situations, drug usage, foul language, crude humor, and beaky parrots.
In 1689, Atia Crisp finds herself imprisoned in the wickedest city on earth, Port Royal, Jamaica, while the refugees from Strangewayes’s plantation in the Blue Mountains are on the run and seeking a new home, deep in the Caribbean. Captain Jean-Paul la Roche must get them to safety and find a way to liberate the woman he loves while waging a war against the English with the pirate Laurens de Graaf.
While besieged people suffer and starve, a group of women form a secret and illegal society deep from within the bowels of the city called: WENCH. A network that deals with smugglers, merchants, cutthroats and thieves. Dragged into the struggle for supremacy of the Caribbean, the women are divided and find themselves engulfed in bloodshed. The pirates of Port Royal and former enemies may be their only hope of escape.
Hell hath no fury like a cross wench!
About the Author
MJL Evans is an Indie Author/Publisher and co-author of the 6-part series, No Quarter: Dominium. Future endeavours include co-authoring the books No Quarter: WENCH and No Quarter: The Dirge. She also hopes to have her books translated in various languages including French. MJL Evans is also a writer of romance and relationship articles featured in publications like Monday Magazine in November 2004 and again in February 2006, she writes fiction, historical fiction, erotica and humour. Published in the November 2014 issue of Flash Fiction Magazine, Red Dragon is vibrant piece of micro-fiction that delves into Victoria BC in the 1860s, when it was the opium capital of the New World. A native of Victoria, British Columbia, MJL Evans studied English at Victoria School of Writing and Camosun College. Not only is she passionate about her written expression, she is enthusiastic about her visual art masterpieces she has created over the past 20 years and has over 60 paintings to her credit. MJL Evans is also a lover of film, independent, foreign, and cult. Her favorites include: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Nymphomaniac, Secret Window, The Brood, Le Pacte des loups, Mesrine: L'Instinct De Mort and many others.
I’ve wanted to make movies since I saw King Kong in 1976. Then in 1979 a fictitious present giver left a small book in my stocking: The Star Trek the Motion Picture Photostory by Pocket Books (which I still have). A frame by frame graphic novel of the movie which started me writing and sketching my own ideas. Then when I was a teenager, I started working on a historical fiction story taking place in Port Royal, Jamaica in the 1600s, a time period and a climate I was much more comfortable in. I had compiled at least 6 series starting with the English conquest of Jamaica in 1655, all the way through and well into the 1700s, with the ambitious intention of bringing it to film and graphic novel – which it didn’t. Decades later, a friend suggested I turn the old story into a graphic novel series – so I dusted cobwebs off the stack of pages and had another look. I really wished I’d numbered them. It was then, my friend MJL Evans mauled over the endless miles of scribbles and fell in love with the story and characters. Well, once I let her out of the trunk. MJ thought it deserved another go and felt that a series of eBooks may be the way to start. From my original (chaotic) scripts, she started writing what is now “The Pikeys,” though it takes place later in the series, it was a simpler place to start and features some of the characters she had invented. So, with some of my original characters, fictional and non-fictional, and new ones of hers and mine, we started “No Quarter.” The plan, we’d start with eBook novellas, hopefully graduating to a series of graphic novels, and even film or TV. Because ya never know, anything’s possible on this nut-farm planet.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A few months ago, I reviewed No Quarter: Dominium (Volume 1) by MJL Evans and GM O’Connor. I really enjoyed that book, so I was curious to read this new book in the series. However, it was a bit confusing to me where exactly No Quarter: Wenches fit into the series. Was it a sequel to Dominium? Was it a new series? It did feature the same characters… So after some digging around, No Quarter: Wenches is a follow up of Dominium, but not exactly a sequel. The book I read has several volumes following it (Dominium has six volumes total), and is then followed by Wenches. So, if you want to read the series in order, which I plan to do once I get some spare time, you have to read all six volumes of Dominium first, and then pick up Wenches. Wenches too, exists of several volumes. If I’m not mistaken, Volume 1-3 are out there, and volume 4-6 are still to be written. The series order is a little complicated at first, but now I’ve got the hang of it, I’m actually quite fond of the format. It reminds me of a TV series, with each volume being an episode, and each subseries (Dominium and Wenches) another season. Anyway, back to the book at hand. The book takes place in Port Royal, Jamaica in 1689, September. Atia Crisp, the heroine we’ve known since the previous book, is awaiting trial in prison. At the same time, refugees from Strangewayes’s plantation in the Blue Mountains are on the run seeking a new home, guided by Captain La Roche. The book is impressive in how well it combines historical conflict with fiction and romance. On the one hand, you have Atia, Captain La Roche, and their troubles, but this is all against the backdrop of war between pirates, the French, English and Spanish troops. Everyone is practically an enemy of everyone. While Atia is imprisoned in Port Royal, the city is under siege by the French for example, who are attacking it with their ships. I really enjoyed the connection between the characters, their depths and motivations – although there’s a large cast, all characters feel three-dimensional and realistic. I hope some of the characters get more depth in the following books, and we get to know them better, but I already felt like the authors did a good job making them seem like real people. The historical setting works well too, and the writing is fast-paced and engaging. Fans of pirate stories and series like Black Sails (and the more light-hearted movies like Pirates of the Caribbean) will love this series. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
No Quarter: Wenches is a short novel that takes place in the late 1600s on the Caribbean Sea. It follows several characters of the pirate variety, but the main focus, in my opinion, is on Atia, a young woman captured by the English. The plot follows her troubles, and the troubles of the English, French, Spanish, and pirate groups, as she waits for Captain Jean Paul La Roche to rescue her from the prison in Port Royal. The city of Port Royal is scrambling to defend itself against French ships and buccaneers, all while trying to sort out its military advances on the surrounding islands. Meanwhile, the pirates are struggling with their own political issues, adding more intrigue to the choices the characters make. I really enjoyed the engaging dialogue, which was the strongest aspect of the novel, although the characters could use more development, their conversations were often witty and entertaining, finding ways that make otherwise boring topics fun to read about. The setting is a perfect backdrop to deliver this exceptional story, I just wish I was given more of it so that I was fully immersed. The characters are fun and interesting, but beg for more depth because of this. These two things could be lacking because it’s a short novel, and designed that way, but I think it’s because there is exceptional writing here and I want more of it! More of the world, more of the characters. I’m probably just being greedy, and I suppose I’ll get all of that as the series continues. There is an interesting dichotomy to this novel; it does not take itself very seriously in some spots (one of the characters is named ‘Lief Blower’) and this serves to keep the story light and engaging, but then parts of the novel is tense and thrilling. It’s an unusual blend that is a rarity. Overall, this short novel has set up what might end up being a tale on an epic scale. Dozens of characters, all with varied political motivations, have been introduced, and there is still plenty of space for these plots to move forward. Hopefully the authors choose to develop and add depth to these characters, as I was just starting to get comfortable with them as the first volume of the series came to a close.