Anyway. Why do I love this series so much? Let me count the ways.
- It is accurate. This is a remarkably historically accurate work of literature, and not just from a facts and figures point of view-culture, fashion, world events, the whole thing is beautifully detailed and so very right.
- If you pay attention, you find literary Easter Eggs in the books-in one book Jacky takes passage on the Pequot, accompanying Captain Ahab's family back to England. In another she references a Fagin as a leader of street urchins and orphans in London. I love the books for that alone.
- The "voice" is authentic-reading it, you don't feel you are reading what a man (L. A. Meyer was a man) in the 21st century thinks a girl in the late 1700s and early 1800s would say or do-granted, Jacky is a uniquely spirited girl for the time, but her actions and speech and behavior are not completely outside the realm of reason.
- My littler chick will love this series-Jacky is an adventurous, spirited girl who is not afraid to take risks, and who owns her mistakes and does what she believes is right.
I recommend this series for anyone who likes empowered female protagonists, long series, historical fiction, pirates, naval fiction (L. A. Meyer was a Naval veteran among other things). The characters and world are well developed, almost believable as real, actual people who might have existed in history.