Phoenix Ris­ing

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De­liver me tim­bers

Re­lease Date: 1 June

368 pages | Pa­per­back Au­thor: Bry­ony Pearce Pub­lisher: Stripes Pub­lish­ing

Post- apoc­a­lyp­tic

pi­rates: how’s that for an at­ten­tion­grab­bing idea? In a world still reel­ing af­ter the su­per­vol­cano un­der Yel­low­stone Na­tional Park erupted and blocked out the sun for years, pirate ships now sail the oceans. Their crews sal­vage float­ing, post- tsunami junk; par­tic­u­larly wood, as it’s now worth its weight in gold as fuel.

Toby, a young scal­ly­wag on the Phoenix, finds his life changed for­ever when he meets Ayla – the daugh­ter of danger­ous pirate Nell on the en­emy ship Ban­shee – and a quest be­gins.

The world- build­ing here is ad­mirable, the char­ac­ters are fun and there’s plenty of der­ring- do on dis­play. The writ­ing could’ve been a lit­tle tighter and more dy­namic, per­haps, but oth­er­wise this is one crew we wouldn’t mind sail­ing with again. Jayne Nel­son

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