The Butcher’s Daughter by Mark M. McMillin
Warning: Contains a feisty heroine, swoony, swashbuckling pirates, sea battles, sex, gold and gore.
Not necessarily in that order.
Also, rape is mentioned, so be warned.
The Butcher’s Daughter by Mark M. McMillin, is a historic tale about a girl named Mary. We’re introduced to her in a rather dramatic fashion, with her discussing her father’s murder and the night she was raped with the Queen of England while Mary sits in the Tower. It’s certainly an attention grabber. For about half the book, Mary is narrating, recounting her story up until her capture, to the Queen. Now the very beginning jumps around a lot, but once I realized what was happening, the book fell into place and Mary reminded me a little of Scheherazade with her storytelling. She covered a lot of history, too, and from a unique perspective!
This book fits a lot of different genres. It’s definitely a historic adventure with pirates and smuggling, but there’s a beautiful romance and yet, at times reads as a naval book, the details are so richly thrown in. But they’re not cumbersome. The style, the way the book tells about major historical events but from the commoner’s perspective reminds me of the Outlander series by Diane Gabaldron but with pirates and ships. Honestly, I can’t find many faults here. The only thing that really bothered me was the use of ellipses at the end of almost every scene/chapter when a period would do. I think it was a stylistic choice because I didn’t find any other typos, or even a spelling error, which was refreshing.
And for those history nerds that love this seafaring era, there’s a fun glossary in the back as well as information on the nautical times the author chose to base this story in. (I loved it)
The author gives Mary a great voice, and develops all of his characters so they come alive. I would have loved to hear more from Gilley and Efendi, as well as a host of other supporting characters, he made them all so real to me! But back to Mary. She’s developed well, is sassy, and still has a lot of room to grow. By the way the author ended it (I cried), I’m hoping for a sequel (please!). But after I recover from this book hangover first.
My Rating: 5/5
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