Name: Gideon Horn, the Pirate Lord, terror of sea-going aristocrats, Robin Hood-like wealth re-distributor, Utopian visionary.
Falls For: Miss Sara Willis, righteous prison reformer and champion of female convicts, stepsister of the Earl of Blackmore.
Story Recounted By: Sabrina Jeffries, in The Pirate Lord (originally published 1998)
Hangs Out In/On: The high seas, aboard the Satyr; an uncharted island in the South Atlantic.
Likes: Flies a horn-y Jolly Roger, yearns for a mother’s love, dreams of a utopian colony, kidnaps a boatload of convict women to get things started.
Dislikes: Anyone with a title.
Badass Hero Moment: Capture of the Defiant.
Badass Annoying Moment: The Atlantis/Utopia concept is so flawed it’s hard to take Gideon’s insistence on the kidnapping and forced marriages seriously.
(too) Frequently Described As: Thunderous. Taut.
Not really, but it’s funny to think about. I’m pretty sure the re-issue cover image is Avon’s attempt at a mash-up of Jack Sparrow-beadazzled style with traditional chiseled chest romance hero.
To Read Or Not To Read? First and favorite in the Lord trilogy. Somehow SJ mixes together pirates, convict ships, struggles for survival, and class conflict while keeping the whole thing frothy and fantastical. Yet in spite of the fact that it lacks grit and substance (even the “mean” convicted prostitute is a pushover for Sara’s good nature, and the pirates are as tame as Disney — think Peter Pan or Pirates of the Caribbean), it works as a setting for Gideon’s and Sara’s character-driven story. There are very nice secondary romances, and Sara’s determined and ruthless brother the Earl of Blackmore certainly got my attention as the future hero of the next book.
(Possibly) Amusing, Tangentially Related:
Information about St. Helena, the island SJ used as inspiration for the fictional “Atlantis”
Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19), official site
What is your favorite pirate romance and/or who is your favorite pirate badass?