Humor, magic, and adventure abound in the third—and final—book of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series.
Hilary Westfield is now a freelance pirate. After trying to prove herself to the VNHLP, she realized many members of the League weren’t all that honorable—not even very nearly. With Captain Blacktooth in cahoots with the Mutineers, the kingdom of Augusta and all its magic are at risk.
What the League needs is a very honorable pirate to be their new president. So Hilary—with the help of her friends, including the always spirited gargoyle—challenges Blacktooth to a High Seas battle. Winner takes all. Loser, at best, will be exiled.
Caroline Carlson has created a world where magic is currency, pirates are more charming than alarming, and a girl can choose a life as a pirate instead of a life in petticoats. And she once again delivers a story of high stakes, High Seas, and High Society in the hilarious and charming conclusion to the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series.
About the Author
Caroline Carlson holds an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in Massachusetts and now lives with her husband in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, amid many stacks of books. She is also the author of the first book in the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series, Magic Marks the Spot.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Synopsis- Hilary Westfield, the Terror of the Southlands, and her ragamuffin crew of pirates are back in an all new adventure! And it all started when three pirates came out to Westfield manor (Hilary’s parents’ house, where she was staying for a little vacation) in regards to an ad that she didn’t put out. The ad, apparently, said that Hilary was going up against the pirate Blacktooth’s presidency of the Very Nearly Honourable League of Pirates. After all, Captain Blacktooth was part of the kingdom-threatening Mutineers – without proof of course. But how can Hilary get the necessary 200 pirates needed to compete against Blacktooth? Especially when there are punishments for pirates that even look at Hilary or her crew! What I Thought- Ms. Carlson does a fabulous job of weaving humor into a serious adventure. The characters are wacky, and they keep you laughing as they go about their days. The adventure in the story is something young readers will appreciate and get lost in. Between the chapters, there are little mail correspondences and newspaper articles, etc., between characters – it’s a cool addition. The dialogue is spot on for the characters and the care Carlson takes with it adds dimension to the characters. I should mention the series features a female pirate as the lead character and she is awesome. The story keeps you hooked from the very beginning. I can’t say enough about Carlon’s writing. She keeps a reader enthralled with the story. Even reluctant readers will devour her books. I love this series and I am sad to see it come to an end with this, the third book in the trilogy. Will pirate Hillary Westfield sail again? I can only hope. *NOTE* I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book
A Good Pirate Reads This Book The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates. How can you not love a series with that title? Two years ago, that was enough to convince me I had to give the first in this delightful series a try, and I was hooked. Now I find myself sad to say that The Buccaneer’s Code is the final book in the series. The book itself, is wonderful as always, and I found myself racing through it. The series focuses on Hilary Westfield, a young woman who has always dreamed of being a pirate. In the first book, she ran away from finishing school to pursue her dream and found herself on a quest she never imagined. Factor in magic and a talking gargoyle, and you’ve got an imaginative and delightful trilogy. As this book opens, it’s been six months since Hilary’s last adventure, and she is spending the winter holidays with her mother, trying to practice her fencing during her down time. She is surprised when she finds pirates appearing at her door looking to join up on Hilary’s quest. They are answering an advertisement she’s placed in the paper. Just one problem – Hilary never placed that advertisement. The next visitor is Miss Pimm, the headmistress of Miss Pimm’s Finishing School for Delicate Ladies. Miss Pimm explains that she placed the advertisement. It seems that the villains known as the Mutineers are on the move again with a new plan to take over the kingdom. The only hope is to expose them by taking out Captain Blacktooth, one of the Mutineers and the head of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates. Once the challenge is set, Hilary has three months to put together a crew and get them ready to fight. But is that realistic? Will Hilary win, or will she be forced into exile at the Pestilent Home for Foul-Tempered Pirates? Really, I can’t say enough good things about this book. The characters are wonderful. We see some surprises in a few of the returning cast this time around, and all of them grow as they get ready for the biggest fight of their lives. We do get some new minor characters as well who are fun. The plot? It moves along quickly from one complication to another. I might have cheered when something happened near the climax (even though I was expecting it). I also might have yelled at the time to slow down when it was obvious I wouldn’t be able to finish the book before my lunch hour was over. But since I was alone in my car reading when both of those things happened, I plead the fifth. Yes, I knew the broad outline of the story early on, but a few of the twists and surprises along the way caught me off guard, and I was entertained on every page. Plus I loved the ending. As you might have guessed from my description of the story, there are plenty of laughs along the way. Heck, the gargoyle provides many of them all by himself. There are some absurd situations, witty dialogue, and groups and place names that will make you laugh. Plus I can’t leave out the between chapters fun. That’s where we get letters between the characters, news articles, official posting, and other writing. This has been the case in every book in the series, and I’ve found them some of the funniest bits. That’s the case here, too, although they always help advance the story as well. This may be a book aimed at middle schoolers, but this adult is thrilled he found them.