The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford

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Though it may be overwrought in its complications, it’s impossible not to admire “The Left-Handed Fate” for its epic scope, joyful evocation of life on the high seas and suspenseful mystery.
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Return to Nagspeake for a new fantasy adventure from the bestselling author of National Book Award nominee Greenglass House.

Lucy Bluecrowne and Maxwell Ault are on a mission: find the three pieces of a strange and arcane engine they believe can stop the endless war raging between their home country of England and Napoleon Bonaparte’s France. During the search, however, their ship, the famous privateer the Left-Handed Fate, is taken by the Americans, who have just declared war on England, too. The Fate (and with it, Lucy and Max) is put under the command of new midshipman Oliver Dexter . . . who’s only just turned twelve.

But Lucy and Max aren’t the only ones trying to assemble the engine; the French are after it, as well as the crew of a mysterious vessel that seems able to appear out of thin air. When Oliver discovers what his prisoners are really up to―and how dangerous the device could be if it falls into the wrong hands―he is faced with a choice: Help Lucy and Max even if it makes him a traitor to his own country? Or follow orders and risk endangering countless lives, including those of the enemies who have somehow become his friends?

 

About Kate Milford

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Kate Milford is the author of The Boneshaker, has written for stage and screen, and is a regular travel columnist for the Nagspeake Board of Tourism and Culture. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. To learn more, visit www.clockworkfoundry.com. Andrea Offermann attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and now lives in Hamburg, Germany. Her illustrations for The Boneshaker marked her U.S. publishing debut. To find out more about Andrea and her work, please visit www.andreaoffermann.com.
 
Published August 23, 2016 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 384 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on May 18 2016

The labyrinthine Nagspeake itself is magical and vivid enough to serve as more than just a setting (and deservedly sports a metafictional website)...Rich and strange of place and premise; suspenseful and thought-provoking.

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Above average
Reviewed by Catherine Hong on Sep 09 2016

Though it may be overwrought in its complications, it’s impossible not to admire “The Left-Handed Fate” for its epic scope, joyful evocation of life on the high seas and suspenseful mystery.

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