Synopsis: What happens when a feisty adventuress, a lord looking to make his own way in the world, and a handsome sea captain set out to find Kalae’s rarest and most valuable flower?
Trouble—and lots of it.
Lucia needs a job, and she needs one fast. Looting dragon hordes hasn’t proven profitable lately, and she’s tired of waiting tables. Her business partner usually finds the work, but Sebastian isn’t speaking with her, and Lucia’s getting desperate.
Luckily, Lucia finds a simple request posted on a community board. All the man wants is an orchid. Nothing to it.
Except the flower only grows in a montane cloud forest in Grenalda… And Lucia must take a ship through sea serpent-infested waters to get there… And her new helpful friend—the one and only, dashing Captain Avery Greybrow—just might be a pirate.
At this rate, Lucia’s not sure if she’ll ever reach the orchid. But she’s determined to try.
Sea serpents, and various other creatures (Lucia is almost eaten by one… inside its mouth.) There are several struggles throughout the book, but nothing bloody.
Lucia flirts with Captain Avery, yet loves is for Sebastian. There are a few intense kisses and almost kisses, and thoughts about kissing- in fact, Lucia is constantly trying to figure out if she wants Avery or Sebastian. Dresses with plunging necklines are worn.
Lucia works in various taverns, and drunks flirt with her. Ale is drunk.
Avery is a pirate and not exactly on the right side of the law. Lucia struggles with herself after stealing a map. They break a character out of prison.
Characters curse, but it’s not stated what they say.
There’s a bit of magic throughout the book, but it’s light.
Overall feel: A fun, engaging read with a spunky adventuress. The story, which has all the elements of a good fantasy, might seem a little absorbed in Lucia’s feelings. She’s fun and outgoing, but selfish and unsure as well. Identifiable, and has a soft spot that she keeps hidden. An enjoyable read for anyone who loves a romantic fantasy.