The Contract of Maddox Black
The Chronicles of Maddox Black
by E Earle
Pub Date 3 Jan 2017
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Determined. Daring. And soon to be Dead.
Hanging for witchcraft is the least of Maddox Black's problems. Becoming sworn to a demon Hunter is another…
Thought dead for seven years, Maddox returns home to Greyport, intent on claiming her deceased father’s infamous travel journals.
Before she can lay her hands on her inheritance, she discovers her drunkard cousin has already promised the journals to the Grim. To make things worse, the bankrupt Earl of Greyport is blackmailing her to race for them across the Damned Seas and a Hunter is knocking on her door, claiming she’s to join his Demon-exorcising Order.
Running out of options, Maddox does the unthinkable and strikes a deal with the unnatural Hunter, leading her down a whirlwind of walking corpses, using dismembered fingers as currency, burning down plague-ridden villages and bribed to find a mad prince’s kidnapped sister.
To survive, she will have to become the very thing people feared her to be...
If you like Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, you will love this book! As I was reading this book, I told my husband - this will be a movie someday!
Interesting story of a heroine mariner wanting to claim her father's journals to open up the navigational passageways to return some semblance of prosperity to her town. To accomplish this she works hard to acquire a fishing sloop from a retired captain while trying to claim her inheritance. While she walks in the footsteps of her well known and respected father, she is hindered by whatever her mother was or was perceived to be. Things being what they are, she cannot accomplish her goals without creating new partnerships that take her on a bigger journey than what the readers initially signed on for.
I understand the author sailed the skeleton coast and crossed the Atlantic on a Super Maramu while putting the finishing touches on the next installation in the series. I'm already interested in the next story but now I'm curious how her gypsy-sailing adventure influenced the story of Maddox Black.
I was super excited to read this book as I have read plenty of blogs from the author about her world travels. Being a fictional piece I went in with an open mind and a tall rum and coke. To my delight the story took an unexpected turn from what seemed to be a Robin Hood of the sea feel to more pirates of the Caribbean vibes. I absolutely loved the story! Excited to start the next book in this series!
Great book. I finished it in two days because I couldn’t put it down. The sequel is just as good.