I love the books, the way he creates a sense of history & the way the characters interact is just fantastic. They are also brilliantly funny at times. I don’t think I have read any historical novels which seem to depict the past quite so vividly. For me there is a sweet spot in the series between books 3 & 8-ish. Master & Commander isn’t really like the rest of the series, Post Captain is him beginning to find his feet. The later books are a bit formulaic with the pair of them apparently permanently voyaging the globe, playing their instruments and eating toasted cheese.
But at the end of the day we all have different tastes, so maybe they aren’t for you.
Post Captain is a bit of a drag in terms of events but I love the storytelling of it, and the massive jumps in style and feel depending on whose story’s being told and what’s happening in it, like there’s a dozen different narrators. Jack’s slow realisation that Stephen is actually a stone dead bad-ass is beautifully done.
My favourite series of books. Read them all through in order 4 or 5 times now and always found them amazing each time. I found that from HMS Surprise onwards they really got there stride with my favourites being the Mauritius campaign and desolation island.
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