Rodkey, Geoff. Blue Sea Burning (The Chronicles of Egg #3). G. P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin), 2014. $16.99. 374 pages. Language: G (several made up curse words). Sexual Content: G. Violence: PG (pirate violence).
The final book of Egg’s story does not disappoint. Author Georff Rodkey’s offbeat humor, adventurous storytelling, and unforgettable characters are coupled with a few twists that will definitely surprise the reader. Egg and his friends Kira and Guts, as well as his elder brother Adonis are onboard the pirate ship Grift which just happens to be sinking. The pirates blame Egg and his companions for the damage and the fact they didn’t get paid. The only person standing between them is the legendary captain Burn Healy, who happens to be Egg’s uncle. Burn Healy offers the pirates his own money in exchange for what was lost and the crew attempts to outrun their enemies whom are hot on their tail. Egg, who was almost hung by Roger Pembroke in the previous book, is obsessed with revenge. He convinces Li Homaya to attack Pella Nonna which Pembroke has taken. His friends Kira and Guts want to at last discover the lost treasure and Kira knows someone who can translate the map. Egg also discovers his love, Millicent Pembroke, is in prison with his rival Cyril. Millicent wants to free the slaves in her father’s silver mine. The friends must work together against: corrupt governments, pirates, and volcanos. Egg and Healy have a fascinating discussion about good, bad, and a whole lot of gray, which is a major theme of the book. Everything ends just as it should. Readers will need to read the first two entertaining volumes to understand the third. Highly recommended.
EL/MS-ADVISABLE. Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.