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Mad Kestrel

Misty Massey

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A rip-roaring pirate romance and mystery
 
In a world where infants with magical powers are torn from their parents to be raised by the mysterious and powerful Danisoba, who have a monopoly on magic, Kestrel has managed to keep her abilities concealed—and herself free. First hiding in back alleys as a street urchin, she hid when they killed her parents, and then served as a young tavern maid before escaping to sea, where magic is cancelled by water.
 
Now an adult, as the quartermaster of a pirate ship, Kestrel loves the freedom of living on the seas. But her way of life could end if anyone on board learns her closely guarded secret—that she has magical control over the wind.
 
One day a black ship appears, and her life changes. Its captain is a handsome rogue of whom Kestrel is strangely, constantly aware.
 
When Kestrel’s captain is led into a trap and is arrested, she gathers her crew and sets sail in relentless pursuit. . . .

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CHAPTER OneAnd now the storm blast came, and he Was tyrannous and strong; He struck with his o'ertaking wings And chas'd us south along.--SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE 
 
Cold waves splashed across the railings, nearly knocking Kestrel over. She gripped the wet wood tighter, squinting into the rain-whipped darkness. Lightning split the sky, and Kestrel began counting under her breath. One ... two ... three ... four ... Thunder rumbled suddenly, loud and gut-shaking, but one second farther away than it had been moments ago. She breathed out in relief. Whether they were outrunning
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“Anyone who has ever dreamed of the colorful adventure and swashbuckling intrigue of a pirate’s life at sea will find lots to like here. Laced with magic and misdirection, Misty Massey’s fast paced and intriguing tale kept me guessing and guessing again as layers of mystery unfolded right to the end.” —Mark Ferrari, author of The Book of Joby 

“Imagine ‘Captain Blood’ starring a young woman with a hidden talent for sorcery, and you’ve got a hint of what you’ll find in Mad Kestrel, a lively tale of reckless pirates, ruthless bounty hunters, reluctant mages, and romantic adversaries. Fun, fast-paced, and full of action, Misty Massey’s first novel takes a few fine old adventure story traditions and mixes them with magic.” —Sharon Shin, author of The Thirteenth House

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  • Misty Massey lives in South Carolina. Mad Kestrel is her first novel.

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