Mini Review of The Devil’s Fire

When I posted yesterday’s review of Not Quite Dead, which deals with woman who is being haunted by the ghost of Pirate Anne Bonny, I started thinking of other books historical fiction I’ve read in the past about pirates and remembered Matt Tomerlin’s Devil’s Fire. I read it about two years ago, but it was memorable because it’s a direct contrast to the pirate romances I usually find and read. Here’s a pithy review that may be helpful in your consideration of the book:

The Devil’s Fire: A Pirate Adventure Novel by Matt Tomerlin

Publication Date: August 2011

Genre: Historical Fiction 


From debut author Matt Tomerlin comes a brutal tale of revenge during the Golden Age of Piracy.

Katherine Lindsay, the pampered young wife of a wealthy ship captain, has left her leisurely life in London to accompany her husband to America. So far, their journey has been uneventful, even boring. But when ruthless pirates suddenly storm the ship to plunder her husband’s riches, Katherine is one of the treasures they steal, sparking a bloody chain of events that will alter the course of piracy in the Caribbean forever. Pirate lovers will find no shortage of treachery, cutlass duels, ship-to-ship battles, buried treasure and much, much more.

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If you like fictional novels about Pirates and their lives on the high seas, but aren’t looking for a romance, I can recommend The Devil’s Fire: A Pirate Adventure Novel, by Matt Tomerlin, the first book in his Devil Fires Trilogy:

Tomerlin takes readers into the raw and gritty world of piracy, and one woman’s struggle after she and her ship captain husband are kidnapped after their merchant ship is overtaken by a treacherous band of pirates whose brutality and violence are not for those who are easily unnerved by violence. The protagonist, Katherine, is forced to reluctantly accept that she is included in the “treasure” plundered from her husband’s ship, and through her experiences as a captive, she is transformed into a hardened woman obsessed with revenge, who reaches the brink of her humanity. It’s a gripping story narrated from multiple characters’ perspectives, and these characters are richly developed and deeply flawed. There are no admirable heroes to be found, none who will rescue and save Katherine. She must unflinchingly stand on her own  if she is to have any hope of  outmaneuvering those who have taken her freedom.

Source: Purchased Book



Purchase from Amazon:  The Devil’s Fire: A Pirate Adventure Novel


If you like historical pirate fiction and have some books, you’d like to recommend, please share them with me! 

2 comments on “Mini Review of The Devil’s Fire

    • Definitely check it out. It dispels any romantic notion of a life of piracy. It’s dark and violent but I liked Katherine’s growth into a shrewd, resourceful woman who learns to take care of herself. It was an intense read.

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