The Nature of a Pirate

The Nature of a Pirate

The third novel in the Stormwrack series, following a young woman's odyssey into a fantastical age-of-sail worldMarine videographer and biologist Sophie Hansa has spent the past few months putting her knowledge of science to use on the strange world of Stormwrack, solving seemingly impossible cases where no solution had been found before. When a series of ships within the...

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Title:The Nature of a Pirate
Author:A.M. Dellamonica
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ISBN:0765334518
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages

The Nature of a Pirate Reviews

  • Debbie
    Dec 16, 2016

    I must start by saying I'm so sorry to see this series end. There is still so much more that can be written and more for Sophie to do, but this was a trilogy. The Nature of a Pirate begins with Sophie regretfully taking responsibility for the criminal, Kev Lindman. She was given three choices, either let him be beheaded or sent into slavery or she had one last ridiculous plan. If she was to take Kev back to her father's homeland and claim to be engaged she would be considered an adult and be abl

    I must start by saying I'm so sorry to see this series end. There is still so much more that can be written and more for Sophie to do, but this was a trilogy. The Nature of a Pirate begins with Sophie regretfully taking responsibility for the criminal, Kev Lindman. She was given three choices, either let him be beheaded or sent into slavery or she had one last ridiculous plan. If she was to take Kev back to her father's homeland and claim to be engaged she would be considered an adult and be able to free him. There's magic and monsters involved. They see plenty of action and of course the more important story lines are resolved. I'm still hoping Dellamonica will go back and add just a little more to this very exciting adventure series.

  • Ruth
    Dec 15, 2016

    I absolutely loved the first two books in this series (as well as the short stories centered around Gale and Parrish) and this installment was even better!

  • Jon Chaisson
    Dec 25, 2016

    An exciting end to a wonderful trilogy that I wish went on longer! This series was so much fun to read. Highly recommended, and I'm definitely going to look for more of her books!

  • Michele
    Dec 13, 2016

    This was a thrill read from first to last...

  • Paula
    Jan 20, 2017

    Thanks to Goodreads and Tor/Forge for a free copy of this book.

    The Nature of a Pirate is the story of Marine videographer and biologist Sophie Hanna and her adventures on the strange world of Stormwrack.

    Fantasy is not one of my favourite genres but I loved that Sophie is such a strong female character and became invested in her character.

    There is a lot of exciting and innovative action in this book. For instance, it will be a long time before I get the images of the merman transformation out

    Thanks to Goodreads and Tor/Forge for a free copy of this book.

    The Nature of a Pirate is the story of Marine videographer and biologist Sophie Hanna and her adventures on the strange world of Stormwrack.

    Fantasy is not one of my favourite genres but I loved that Sophie is such a strong female character and became invested in her character.

    There is a lot of exciting and innovative action in this book. For instance, it will be a long time before I get the images of the merman transformation out of my head. The novel is well written, very descriptive with lots of action such that at times, I had a hard time putting it down.

    So why only 3 stars? Well, this book is the 3rd and final book in the Stormwrack series and I found it a bit confusing in parts. I wish that I had read the first two books prior to reading The Nature of a Pirate as I would have enjoyed and appreciated it much more and consequently given it a higher rating.

  • Jen
    Jan 21, 2017

    Upon finishing this book, I went to the Goodreads reviews and said, "wait, what? This was the end of the series?" and sure enough, in the acknowledgements I saw that this was indeed a trilogy. There was definitely room for more, because while the book reached a good wrapping up point, there still seemed to be a lot of questions to be resolved. Then again, that kind of slightly messy ending is a bit like real life; there are always more questions and more things to be happening. Sophie has a futu

    Upon finishing this book, I went to the Goodreads reviews and said, "wait, what? This was the end of the series?" and sure enough, in the acknowledgements I saw that this was indeed a trilogy. There was definitely room for more, because while the book reached a good wrapping up point, there still seemed to be a lot of questions to be resolved. Then again, that kind of slightly messy ending is a bit like real life; there are always more questions and more things to be happening. Sophie has a future, in a way that characters in other book series don't always seem to have.

    This book has Sophie trying to set up her forensic science institute and trying to figure out what to do with a prisoner who turns out to have some complicated motivations for his destructive actions in a previous book. In the process, we get some interesting answers to longstanding questions in the book (such as whether this portal world involves time travel to far future Earth or travel to a parallel universe) and some good character and relationship development, most notably with Cly.

    All in all, this was a fun book in a fun series.

  • Danya
    Jan 09, 2017

    3.5 stars

    Sophie Hansa was adopted as a baby and never knew her biological parents, for good reason: they belong to another world. Stormwrack is similar to earth during the Age of Sail, but with significantly less land mass…and magic. Governed by the Fleet, a floating city comprised of hundreds of ships, Stormwrack is a place where people’s names are powerful ingredients in working spells or intentions; and it’s also a place where Sophie’s knowledge of science is scorned. Sucked into Stormwrack a

    3.5 stars

    Sophie Hansa was adopted as a baby and never knew her biological parents, for good reason: they belong to another world. Stormwrack is similar to earth during the Age of Sail, but with significantly less land mass…and magic. Governed by the Fleet, a floating city comprised of hundreds of ships, Stormwrack is a place where people’s names are powerful ingredients in working spells or intentions; and it’s also a place where Sophie’s knowledge of science is scorned. Sucked into Stormwrack against her will, Sophie gradually begins to fall in love with her biological parents’ home world and takes on a series of missions there.

    Secretive, deeply politically divided, and bound by rules of etiquette that Sophie considers old fashioned, Stormwrack is a fascinating world that I’ve really enjoyed learning about throughout the series. In THE NATURE OF A PIRATE, Dellamonica delves more deeply into the particulars of Stormwrack’s various cultures and practices, most notably the slave trade. Understandably, the slave trade is a bitter pill to swallow for both Sophie and her brother Bram (many Stormwrackers feel the same) but it plays a large role in the social hierarchy of Stormwrack. The siblings get up close and personal with slavers in this book, and the results are pretty spectacular…to say the least!

    Sophie also connects more deeply with her biological family and the Verdanni half of her heritage in THE NATURE OF A PIRATE, which was a treat to read about. The Verdanni are a powerful people in Stormwrack: they lay claim to one of the largest landmasses on Stormwrack and their agricultural practices have made them quite wealth. A matriarchal people, the Verdanni are ruled by the Allmother and celebrate women – but they also expect a lot from them. This means that Sophie’s relatives Beatrice, Verena, and Annela are pretty badass ladies who also have giant chips on their shoulders…much like Sophie herself.

    The character growth in THE NATURE OF A PIRATE is absolutely phenomenal, and as the star of the show, Sophie has really come into her own throughout the series. She’s more confident in her own abilities and intellect, more sure of her place in her family (both adopted and biological), and she’s also more experienced in the ways of Stormwrackers. I’ve also really enjoyed seeing Bram, Sophie’s brother, grow more assertive and stand up to Sophie when he thinks his big sister is trying to walk all over him. Of course, I’m also biased because Bram’s gay and y’all know I love a queer character… But he is really cool, I promise!

    With a satisfying yet slightly open-ended conclusion, THE NATURE OF A PIRATE is a strong instalment in a solid series about magic, family, finding yourself, and – of course – sailing. If you like books with fantastic PoC and queer representation, or you’re hoping to read more stories set at sea, then I recommend the Hidden Sea Tales series.

  • Bibliotropic
    Dec 16, 2016

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    Stormwrack is a world I could constantly — if you’ll excuse the pun — dive into and never be bored reading about. I love the characters, from Sophie’s headstrong intelligence to Garland’s reserved politeness to Verena’s desire to prove herself. They’re whole people, able to stand on their own and tell their own stories. I love the cultures built in the flooded world. I love the little linguistic quirks that get thrown in, pieces of a pu

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    Stormwrack is a world I could constantly — if you’ll excuse the pun — dive into and never be bored reading about. I love the characters, from Sophie’s headstrong intelligence to Garland’s reserved politeness to Verena’s desire to prove herself. They’re whole people, able to stand on their own and tell their own stories. I love the cultures built in the flooded world. I love the little linguistic quirks that get thrown in, pieces of a puzzle to solve. Dellamonica is a fantastically skilled writer, at the top of her game, and I can’t imagine her coming down from those heights any time soon. Do yourself a favour and pick up this series soon if you haven’t already. It’s absolutely worth the time you’ll spend reading it.

  • Ramona
    Dec 20, 2016

    Amazing as usual. Dellamonica's novels are extremely captivating and fascinating and her characters are just loveable :)

  • Henry Lazarus
    Jan 12, 2017

    A. M. Dellamonica concludes her trilogy about Sophia Hansa, a marine biologist from our world sent magically to a world of mainly water, Stormwreck. The natives are well aware of our technology, but dismiss it. Sophia, has found a place for herself as a forensic examiner. She has just brought the technology of fingerprint analysis and has made several trips back and fourth to our Earth, with her digital camera capturing images of Stormwreck’s strange creatures and magical beings. People are atta

    A. M. Dellamonica concludes her trilogy about Sophia Hansa, a marine biologist from our world sent magically to a world of mainly water, Stormwreck. The natives are well aware of our technology, but dismiss it. Sophia, has found a place for herself as a forensic examiner. She has just brought the technology of fingerprint analysis and has made several trips back and fourth to our Earth, with her digital camera capturing images of Stormwreck’s strange creatures and magical beings. People are attacking ships using illegal magical creatures called frighteners. They even sunk her sailing ship. The only way to capture them is to investigate The Nature of a Pirate (hard from Tor) , the pirate she had saved from execution. At the heart of the terror attacks is the question of slavery which several nations still practice using coercion magic. Other questions about Stormwreck and are Earth are answered and Sophie finally finds love. This is a fun Review printed by Philadelphia Weekly Press