Sunday, August 2, 2009
In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber
By L.A. Meyer
Back in the 19th century girls and young women weren't taught to fight. They were taught to be respectful, gentile, subservient, and rely on men for protection. Which is not all to different from what we occasionally get these days. Most of them where raised to be young ladies, plain and simple. If you've been following this series, you know that is one thing Jacky Faber is not. Sure, she can put on an act and act like a lady thanks to her training at the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls, but who are we kidding. Thankfully that didn't really matter. There is no way she could charm herself out this one. Nope, not at all.
After the British government put out a price on her head for piracy she rows her way into the Boston Harbor, and proceeds to her old school. Not without a few detours at first; making amends with Amy, talking to her lawyer Mr. Pickering, finding ways to make a profit; you know, the usual. After a little while they're back at school. Everything seems good, are as good as it will be considering the fact that her archenemy Clarissa Worthington Howe is back, with a slave, none the less. All of the loathe they share towards one another soon dissipates, although not entirely, because the girls are in for the cruise of their lives. They have become captives of the slaver, Bloodhound. The only chance they have of not being sold to North African Harems is if they get some grit and fight. Let's be honest though, what can a bunch of young ladies do against brutes. Guess it's a good thing one of them isn't much of a lady.
The girls, with the exception of Amy and Jacky, ticked me off. Suppose I can understand where they where coming from, but still, they seemed so impossibly helpless. It wasn't entirely their fault, it's how they were raised. If you are a young, well-mannered snob...I mean, lady, then you will do well and good things will happen to you in life. It's a belief they are tainted with. That's why I can't say this is one of my favorites. But, I will say, that I enjoyed it, a lot.