In this, the latest in Stockwin’s Kydd series, war has once again broken out with France and Kydd has been assigned to patrol the coast of England in search of privateers and smugglers. The coast itself becomes a character. It’s an unusual environment as well as good example of Stockwin’s ability to come up with fresh ideas within the “fighting sail” genre.
Stockwin’s books aren’t all storm and cannon fire. In this novel Kydd’s social advancement seems assured when he reaches an “understanding” with his admiral’s daughter but eventually he must decide whether he values love more than status.
As usual with the Kydd books, I read this one quickly and am eagerly awaiting the next one.