Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Mark of the Golden Dragon by L.A. Meyer

I read The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West, and Pearl of the South China Sea by L.A. Meyer just last year.  Here's what I wrote about it then:

The future looks bright for Jacky and her beloved Jaimy -- against all odds, they are free, reunited, and on their way back to Boston . . . when Jacky is swept overboard in a typhoon.  Her faithful crew (and a distraught Jaimy) search the surrounding area for Jacky or her remains, but eventually give up and head back to British waters.  Jaimy, pushed to the brink of insanity over the loss of his girl, swears vengeance on Bliffil and Flashby, the villains he holds responsible for Jacky's exile and subsequent demise.

Of course, a little thing like a typhoon couldn't actually kill the indomitable Jacky Faber.  She and Ravi, her young Indian ward, wash up on a deserted stretch of the Burmese coast and begin making their way back to civilization (and from there, back to England).  This involves some fighting, some singing, some sailing, a bit of piracy, and some very smooth talking -- all things that Jacky excels at.  Will she be able to return to England in time to save Jaimy from himself . . . or will she be distracted by the charms of various pretty young men along the way?

Full of fun, adventure, and excitement, this book is just as delightfully over-the-top as its predecessors.  Jacky's fans will not be disappointed!  (Readers new to the series, of course, should start with Bloody Jack -- they won't be disappointed, either!)

This time through, I listened to the audiobook. Katherine Kellgren did a fantastic job, as always -- she really shines in this series. I'm looking forward to reading (and listening to) the next installment in the Bloody Jack series, which was released earlier this month.

(Reviewed from an audiobook borrowed through my library system.)

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