It is far too early to share my official review of Blackhearts (releases February 9th 2016 by Simon Pulse) but I do think that you should have this book on your radar. I adore this author- she is so kind and friendly. If you can- give her a hello on Twitter. I was beyond excited that I got a chance to read her debut early.
Blackhearts is about the infamous pirate, Blackbeard.
If you don’t know much about this guy you should do a quick Google search. I spent a good hour reading about him and it made me love Castroman’s book so much more. Her book focuses on BEFORE he became a pirate. I loved seeing little hints to what would come.
The book reads like you are watching a PBS mini series.
This is a super compliment in my world. It felt like I was watching something like Poldark but I was reading. The book is told in third person so it had the feel of watching it all play out.
Castroman says that her main character, Teach (aka Blackbeard prior to being Blackbeard) looks like Aidan Turner (aka Poldark).
There was nothing like reading this one with that face in your brain. You just need to imagine him a tad more scruffy and it’s perfect.
Though Blackhearts focuses entirely on character interactions and growth the book was still highly addictive and a very quick read for me. The last 25% was so addicting I was distraught that it was over.
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Well Researched and Executed Historical Fiction
You can tell that the author spent time researching her subject matter and it shows. It was easy to picture the setting and characters which is always a wonderful thing.
Easy access to Amazon if you are so inclined…
Do you know much about Blackbeard?