Review: A.C. Crispin’s PotC: The Price of Freedom

May 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Books, Reviews | 2 Comments

Today sees the release of Ann Crispin’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom.  Now I haven’t read any of Ann’s work since the Han Solo trilogy so I was very, very excited to see what she did with the Pirates of the Caribbean world.  After the break you can read my review of Ann’s newest work.

I have to admit that I’m a fairly big fan of the PotC world, not as much as Star Wars but close.  I also have to admit that I’ve never read any of the young adult novels that were done that covered Captain Sparrow’s adventures as a child.  When I got this novel I wasn’t to worried about any of that and ultimately it didn’t matter any way.  Ann has done such a great job of capturing the feeling of the PotC world that it felt like I could feel the spray of the sea as we set sail with Captain Jack Sparrow.

The novel finds Jack trying to stay on the straight and narrow, working for the East India Trading Company.  Trying to save enough money to own his own ship.  But Jack has an interesting enough past that gets him out of scrapes that would slow down the normal seaman and before we know it Jack is thrust in to his first official Captain position.  It’s during these harrowing times in the beginning of the novel that we meet Esmeralda (Dona Pirata), a woman who Jack is very familiar with, and we see their backstory fleshed out in flashbacks.

I would have to say that Ann’s ability to flow from present narration to flashbacks of Jack’s youth make the story both fun and fascinating and none of it ever seems forced.  It just flows naturally from the story and within the story.

We get to meet a lot of neat characters along the way as well.  We see Beckett, form the films, in Africa, who makes Jack’s Captainship official and gets his own flashbacks to his youth as well.  We meet Ayisha/Amenirdis, a woman who Jack has to seduce in order to lead him to a mysterious island nation. Esmeralda, Dona Pirata the Pirate Lord of the Caribbean.  A brief mention and introduction to Captian Hook, truly a memorable scene.

Now all of these characters come together to bring Jack to his destiny as the Captain Jack Sparrow we know and love from the films.  What works out great is that the established characters read and act like you would expect them too, whether it’s Cutler Beckett or Jack himself.  They feel like they do in the films and the original characters that Ann has created feel like they belong in the films.

I won’t go into too much more detail on the novel, mainly because I think you should do yourself a favor and go out and buy it.  I will say this there is a dramatic stand point that Jack makes in this novel that made me respect him as a character even more, as a hint it involves slavery.  Ann brought these characters to life and the whole novel played out like a movie in my mind.  It felt like I was right there on the deck of the Wicked Wench with Captain Sparrow and I didn’t want this adventure to end.

I’m going to close this review with this:  I want to see Ann continue doing novels about Captain Jack Sparrow or at the very least make a triumphant return to that little galaxy far, far away that we all know and love.

DISCLAIMER: This novel was provided by Disney Books.

Review by Corax


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  1. Great review, Cory. Makes me want to go out and get the book.

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