We bought the book and tore through it during nightly bedtime reads. Then we waited, and waited for September to roll around again for Book II.
Oh, sequels. As a reader you can’t wait, but there’s that little sliver of doubt. Will the sequel be Empire Strikes Back great or Blues Brother 2000 bad?
Fear not, scallywags, The Terror of the Southlands is Empire Strikes Back great.
Once again the Hills gather at the appointed time (bedtime) to follow the harrowing adventures of Hilary and her merry band of pirates. So, what makes these books so good? Um, everything?
And I really love that my son is cheering for a female protagonist who gets by on her skills and dogged determination, who won’t let her world’s stereotypes hold her back from her goals, and who gets the job done. That’s important because I want my son to know heroic girls that are awesome, and not just half-baked secondary characters. Which is not to suggest that the book is didactic or preachy in any way. Hilary rules because she handles her business, and takes no guff.
Okay, so maybe this isn’t much of a review. I refuse to offer plot points or spoilers. What I do offer is a 21 cannon salute to these books, and a hearty yo-ho-ho-you ought to race right out and get them.
Bonus Link: Caroline has an excellent post on Through the Tollbooth that discusses some writing choices she made about chapter length in this series. Writers take note!