Lt. Lawrence Brayden came to Nassau to help deal with the growing pirate problem, but instead finds himself captured and held hostage by the notorious captains Edward Teach, Benjamin Hornigold, and John Martel. The Navy won’t save him and that would mean a death sentence for anyone else. But back home in London, Lawrence’s devoted lovers, Thomas and Helena Arubdel, are determined to save him.
As Thomas and Helena plan their rescue attempt, Thomas’ father Richard plots to have his son declared mad and to have his freedom stripped away. Old anger and familial betrayals collide and leave Thomas and Helena on the run. Under the blazing heat of the Nassau sun and surrounded by enemies on all sides, Thomas, Helena, and Lawrence will have to fight, and perhaps even die, for their chance at happiness.
Sow the Wind was one of those books I found insanely frustrating. The story is engaging enough and the characters are decent, but the writing and overall structure is so chaotic that reading it became something of a grind.
Who doesn’t love pirates? They always make for a good story and in Sow the Wind, we brush against some of the most famous pirates in history, including Blackbeard. There’s enough historical scaffolding to give the plot a nice, solid base and while there’s quite a bit of fictional license, there was still the air of authenticity about the events on page. Thomas, Lawrence, and Helena are clearly a devoted triad, but I wanted to know more about their backstory. We’re given a few flashbacks, but nothing that really fleshed out the depth of their relationship. I think the author gives readers enough to make a connection though, and I enjoyed the scenes they shared.
The first third of Sow the Wind was chaos, at least to me. Too many names were thrown around, along with changes in time and setting. Additionally, it felt as though I was just dumped into the story. As a result, the early transitions were abrupt and uneven. I felt like characters were tossed on to the page with minimal purpose, only to be removed and tangentially addressed later. The book calmed down towards the halfway mark and became more enjoyable from that point on.
Sow the Wind had many good points, but wasn’t always a smooth read. The characters were generally strong and the basic story had its compelling moments. Unfortunately, some chaos early on gave the book a rough start. Despite this, I think most fans of historical fiction will enjoy this one.