Historical fiction set in 1668, shortly after the buccaneers of the Caribbean were rebranded as privateers for the English crown. Kemosha is a teenage slave who gains her freedom and signs up as cook on board Henry Morgan’s ship for a raid on Porto Bello (in today’s Panama). On the whole Wheatle skilfully balances a modern heroine whom contemporary readers can relate to with a narrator who is convincingly grounded in her own time. The story also vividly brings to life 17th century Jamaica.
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