by Wade Albert White
“At Saint Lupin’s
Quest Academy Completely Ordinary School Where Nothing Unusual Ever Happens, students are most assuredly not taught about pirates, which leaves the school dangerously open to a pirate invasion. And on the first day of classes, that’s precisely what comes to pass.
When a pirate captain and her crew steal an ancient prophecy medallion, Anne, Penelope, and Hiro have no choice but to complete the medallion’s task and deliver it to the supreme pirate ruler, Octo-Horse Pirate. But the quest and the medallion are not what they seem, and Octo-Horse Pirate is no run-of-the-mill villain. To complete the quest, Anne will have to uncover the truth about her mysterious past–and, just maybe, save the whole world in the process.”
When I first picked up the book, I thought it was the first in a series or a standalone. I somehow completely missed that it was the third book until I got home from the library. Then I had to wait to get the other books before I could read this one. So, I made it back to the library and got book #1. Book #2 was checked out.
Confession: I committed the treasonous act of skipping book #2 before reading book #3. I didn’t have the patience to wait for book #2 to be returned. However, while the series does have one connecting plot line, I didn’t feel like I was too confused about what was happening because I missed book #2.
As far as the story goes, it was a fun read. The plot wasn’t overly complicated, but there were some funny parts that just went along with my sense of humor. I think that other writers will enjoy some of the humor (but I don’t want to give away what it is). The blend of technology and magic in the world-building was interesting and something I hadn’t seen done before outside of this series.
Cautions: magick (magic); wizards