A swashbuckler set in the West Indies of the early 19th Century, THE WITCH FROM THE SEA is a love story, a coming-of-age adventure and an eccentric comedy of manners about a woman who runs with the pirates to free herself from the conventional "rules" of gender, race and class.

Tory Lightfoot, an orphan of mixed white and Mohawk blood, flees the stifling gentility of 1823 Boston for the freedom of the open sea. But the merchant ship on which she stows away is boarded by pirates off the coast of Cuba, and Tory is forced to join the pirate crew to save her life. Making herself useful as both log-keeper and spy, she begins to earn a measure of the independence she craves. But fate, fever and the relentless U. S. Navy West Indian Squadron close in, and Tory must risk her hard-won freedom to save the man she loves.
"I highly recommend this book to any lover of historical fiction."
— The Historical Novel Society Review
"The Witch From The Sea is that rare creation, an historical romance with guts as well as glamour. Wild-spirited Tory is an irresistible character."
— Nautical historian Joan Druett (She-Captains; Hen Frigates)
"I am in love with this book. A+."
Reading Rocks / YA Fiction Review

Foreign Editions

This was the first appearance of The Witch From the Sea in print.

It's the 1998 hardcover German edition, Die Heimliche Piratin (The Secret Female Pirate), from List Verlag.

It's a beautiful production with a wonderful, atmospheric original painting, and a stitched-in red silk bookmark.

 Here's the second, trade paperback edition of Die Heimliche Piratin, published in 2000 by Econ & List. It has another fabulous cover, a lovely 1826 Delacroix painting that fits the time period exactly.

Brush up your German and buy it on Amazon.de

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