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By Cristi Taijeron

Queen Of My Nightmare (Uncharted Secrets, Book 2) was written by Cristi Taijeron and published by Create Space in 2014. You may purchase it at the author on Facebook.


I didn’t want to be a pirate, but there are times one must do undesirable things in order to survive. Under Mason Bentley’s black flag, I ended up finding more than just the refuge I was seeking. He taught me to fight, inspired me to navigate, and by the time we reached Tortuga I was drawing maps so fine I could sell them. No longer a weeping, helpless woman, I took hold of my courage to face the cursed world that wished to punish me for witchcraft. Strong, rich, and free, I finally claimed my throne in this kingdom of thieves, but it was the love I shared with their king that cursed me with a burden I was not strong enough to bear. What good was it to be a queen if the only dominion I held was over a nightmare? -Midnight-

What intrigues and delights me with these stories of old, in this case a pirate story, is the ability of the author to bring a colorful sense of realism to the tale.  I often think of pirates in the same way as I think of gangsters. Bad men who have not an ounce of good in them. But human nature doesn’t work that way. We can find good in anyone if we just take the time. And so it was with Hannah when she boarded Mason’s ship. To make it safe for Hannah, on board with many drunk and dastardly men, she had to become a man or at least to look and act like a man. In order to be at Mason’s side Hannah became Midnight and she was soon out to sea experiencing the agonizing and brutal ways of a pirate. To sail along with Midnight as he attempted to maintain his disguise, while also being engaged in a vicious and bloody war with another ship, was very entertaining. As the years continue Hannah struggles with life and her trust in Mason wanes but she holds on.

The author is exceptionally good at descriptions of place and actions.  It’s as if she thru colorful buckets of paint onto a black and white distant past. This is a love story that is very well balanced with just the right amount of interesting twists and turns in it to keep you reading until the very end. 
This author has talent and I would encourage her to continue to write and to think about lengthening her stories. I want to read more.

I give
Queen Of My Nightmare (Uncharted Secrets, Book 2) 5 stars


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