Maelstrom (Chronicles of the Twenty-One Butterflies book 2).
5 stars out of 5.
The book blurb:
The Twenty-One Butterflies are thrown into a fast-paced rescue of two-thousand street children that the tyrannical Governor Johnson has enslaved to work in the dark and gruesome Monolith mines. Meanwhile a powerful artifact is discovered at the bottom of a mysterious vortex in the middle of the sea, and both pirates and the Governor will do anything in their power to get their hands on it. In the middle of dangers and action, young Buckeye struggles with her own sexuality as her relationship to her friend Dawn becomes more intimate, while she finds herself romantically attracted to Blake, the son of the most feared pirate in Gallows Sound.
I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.
Maelstrom is the second book in the Chronicles of the Twenty-One Butterflies series and takes place almost a year after the events and aftermath at the end of Butterfly Island’s (the first book in the series) with Casey/Buckeye now a fully fledged member of the pirate group The Twenty-One Butterflies.
I’d definitely recommend that you read the first book in the series before you delve into this one, you’ll get far more out of both the story and characters and it’s a good read to! 🙂
Blog plug time! You can find my review of book one (Butterfly Island’s) here.
The characters continue to show growth and development, especially Buckeye who has changed so much since being naive young Casey at the start of Butterfly Island’s, I really didn’t like her back then at the start but now find her to be a really likeable well developed heroine. I was also glad to see the Iron Sails play a bigger part in the story this time around and learn more about them. Three of the four main villain’s of the series Governor Johnson, Mr Stevens and Admiral LeFevre don’t play large parts in this book and are relegated to smaller roles while still being integral to the story, though there maybe some slight hope for LeFevre as surprisingly he shows some slight humanity. The main villain of this book is Alfred the Sheriff of God’s Mercy, Governor Johnson’s son, he takes centre stage and really shows his vile and sadistic side.
The world created continues to grow bigger and expand, with the story this time also including The Strait of Blades where the Maelstrom machine (an ancient artifact) is located and The Monolith, a mine which the author does a great job of portraying as a desolate and hopeless place.
The book has a slightly different tone to it than the first, for me Butterfly Island’s was Casey’s tale and the story of how are main heroine of the series was shaped and came to be Buckeye. Whilst in Maelstrom, the author has given us more of a traditional adventure story.
In the interest of fairness and this being an honest review. I have to say that there are a few grammatical errors throughout the book and one occasion where a different characters name is used by mistake.
I really enjoyed this book and devoured it in just two days. I knew the characters and world created after being introduced to them in the first book and was I glad to get back to the series and see what was happening and after finishing this book the same goes for the next in the series, I’m really looking forward to seeing where the author takes us and what trials and tribulations await.
This book has it all, suspense, great fight scenes, well developed characters, in depth world building with hints of hidden lore and surprises still to come and a shocking twist thrown into the mix that I didn’t see happening this early in the series but will eagerly await the consequences off and for one character a cliffhanger ending.
This is a great, fast paced, action packed, easy to read adventure yarn and from the first page to the last I was hooked.