The Tides of Avarice: A Sagaria Legend (Editions Didier Millet, 2011) is a salty pirate tale for teens and young adults by John Dahlgren. The Tides of Avarice is a swash-buckling tale of action and adventure on the high seas with a twist--the pirates are animals--but don't let that fool you--this is a pirate tale with all the fighting, murder and of course treasure.
Here is the synopsis from the back cover of The Tides of Avarice:
It's something all pirates are taught when they're young, but too many of them forget:
Never get on the wrong side of a librarian.
Especially if the librarian is a lemming!
Sylvester Lemmington used to read about cannibals, impenetrable jungles, lethal carnivores, mysterious fortune-tellers, voodoo magic, cutthroat pirates, shipwrecks, mutinies, spaceships and much else in his books, but he never thought he'd encounter them for real.
Can Sylvester save his sweetheart, Viola, her tough-as-nails mom, and the other friends he's acquired along the way? Can he find his long-lost father, rescue his hometown of Foxglove from the murderous rule of its ruthless mayor, and discover true happiness?
Oh, did we mention that Sylvester has mistakenly received the most sought after treasure map ever? This means he also has to escape from the cruelest and craziest pirate captain who ever sailed the seas of Sagaria--the horrifying Cap'n Terrigan Rustbane who will stop at nothing to get his map back. A map that leads to a treasure beyond the wildest dreams of avarice...
It's kind of a tall order.
But then, Sylvester is a librarian...and a lemming.
I was sent a copy of The Tides of Avarice to read for this review. At first I was a little freaked out by 464 pages of fairly small print, but once I started reading it--the book read fairly quickly--even with all the pirate talk--and I found that I really enjoyed it. The book is definitely not for younger children who haven't completely determined fantasy from reality--shoot, they discuss slitting throats as justifiable homicide on the first page. I actually found the pirates as animals really added to the plot line and the relate-ability of the characters. The book keeps you reading and guessing the entire time.
I must admit--I would make a horrible pirate, so I won't even attempt to sound like one, but The Tides of Avarice was a very entertaining, intriguing and even humorous read the either gender and people, teenager and above would enjoy. Check it out for yourself!
Thank you to The Tides of Avarice for my sample used in this review, opinions are honest review by Michelle.
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