author- Carrie Vaughn
Publication date- March 1st 2011
Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure.
The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past and surrounded by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. But a pirate's life is bloody and brief, and as Jill learns about the dark magic that brought her there, she forms a desperate scheme to get home—one that risks everything in a duel to the death with a villainous pirate captain.
Time travel, swordplay, and romance combine in an original high-seas adventure from New York Times bestseller Carrie Vaughn.
Steel is a quick and entertaining read.
Jill the main character in the story is obsessed with fencing. She loves the sport and she’s very dedicated to it. She loses herself in it. That’s why when Jill losses a competition she is very upset with herself. She thought she was better than that. While she is moping around her family then goes on vacation. While she’s there, her life changes forever.
Jill finds a broken rusted sword that washed up from shore; she pockets it and cleans it so it would sparkle. It never left her side. But while she’s out on a boat she falls overboard and finds herself in a whole other century. She’s living with real life pirates. They take her in and welcome her aboard. They all become a family. But she is desperately trying to find her own way back home.
While she’s on the ship she has to go under many battles from other ships and learns to fight with a real sword.
The sword she found lying on the beach is magical. One of the pirate ships is looking for the other half of the sword that Jill has. Once it becomes one it holds great power.
The one thing that annoyed me was the romance spectra of the story. I was expecting more of it. There were hints here and there that they were attracted to each other but I really didn’t see it till the end of the book.
Carrie Vaughn has a type of writing that I love but don’t like at the same time. It’s hard to explain. I absolutely love her work but while I’m reading I get a little bored. Yet by the time its finished I give it 4 stars.
This book was fun and enjoyable; it had time travel, pirates and some action in it! There aren’t many good girl pirate stories. This is a must read!