Book Review – The Maiden Ship

The Maiden Ship
by Micheline Ryckman

I tried to pace myself with this book. I tried. I really did.

I finished it.

I had to set it aside.

I felt I couldn’t do it justice – I couldn’t explain it to you with just a simple review, but I am going to do my best.

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The Maiden Ship
by Micheline Ryckman

Book Description:

There’s a time to hide, a time to run, and a time to fight.

Dain Alloway was only nine years old when he began a new life with his father, sailing aboard The Maiden. Eight years later, the aristocratic city-boy turned merchant-sailor feels like he lives with one foot on land, and one foot in the sea. Life floats smoothly by until the night he wakes to find a mysterious woman in his cabin.

The events that unfold after her appearance transform Dain’s world. Now, hunted by empty-faced demons, he finds himself thrown into a dangerous web of intrigue and magic. As the crisis grows, the young sailor discovers powerful gifts buried deep within, talents that might shift the tide of a centuries-old war. Whether or not he’s ready, Dain will have to risk it all for the salvation and freedom of those he loves.

My Take:

The simplest answer is – YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!

I know – that’s not fair. I recommend a lot of books, so let me do better.

This book is so well written it is just about perfect.

Often a fantasy book can become word-heavy as the author necessarily needs to world build and transport the reader to a new setting – before only existing in their brain. Sometimes this exposition can become tedious and distracting. That is not the case with The Maiden Ship. The Four Kingdoms come to life throughout the story and I found myself eagerly anticipating more.

The pacing of the story was so great. As I mentioned, I tried to restrain myself – which worked in the beginning. We were learning about the new characters and the new world, easy to take in small chunks. By the time I hit the middle of the book, any idea of restraint went right out the window.

I could not read fast enough.

The characters are well-rounded and likeable and you feel for them and with them as significant actions take place.

I loved reading this book and can only ask:


The Final Verdict

My rating: 5 stars

Would I recommend? Yes


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Welcome to Skewed Clues!

This is a collection of things I think about, find,
want to share, but don’t need a dedicated blog post for.


Things I Learned in April

1. My Child is amazingly resilient.

She loves “distance learning” because she gets her schoolwork done in 2-3 hours and then has free reign of her tablet, Nintendo Switch and Animal Crossing, her art supplies, the recorder she has decided she wants to learn, a large backyard to play in, constant attention from her two favorite adults. A bit of a homebody to begin with, she doesn’t really mind that we can’t run all the weekend errands we had to pre-quarantine.
She’s had to face the reality that we will [obviously] not be taking our family vacation to Universal Studios this year. This is a hard blow to all of us – it’s something we truly look forward to. A full week of not being at home, not being required to do anything. Just the three of us and relaxing. The fact that we probably won’t be going anywhere this summer hit her hard.
Trying to help her navigate emotions in a world of chaos when I want to throw a temper tantrum myself is not fun. Parenting is hard.

2. Working from home doesn’t really affect my job. I am relishing in the fact of having windows and natural light while handling my tasks, but the computer location hasn’t really changed what I am able to accomplish.
What it has brought to the forefront is how much of my (typical) office work is solving other people’s problems and cleaning other people’s messes. It’s not nearly as easy for coworkers to compose a thought-out email explaining the situation as it was to just walk down the hallway, complain, and know that I could solve it in a minute.

3. [Not necessarily learned, but reinforced] I don’t really like holidays that focus on me. I’ve had my birthday, my 10-year anniversary, and will soon have Mother’s Day in quarantine. We haven’t really done much for any of them. And I am FINE with that. The funny thing is – while those days are about me (at least 50% on the anniversary one), they are more about the things My Child and My Husband want to do. Blame my personality types (INFJ, Enneagram 6, Aries) or whatever, but having the focus on me and having clandestine happenings going on is not a comfortable environment for me. BUT, I am learning.

Things We Should Know

Ahmaud Arbery – Say His Name. He Deserves Justice.

Florida Panhandle wild fires

Wuhan students back to school

Plandemic – Conspiracy video full of false information

Earl Thomas – “Stuff like this happens. We try to live the best lives we possibly can. Sometimes it doesn’t go as planned.”

WHY is there a war on the US Postal System?!?!



Things We Should Still Be Talking About

Coronavirus Numbers

US-Mexico Border: 90% expelled under new coronavirus order

Brexit: Reckoning coming for Boris?

Hong Kong Protests: China stopping protesters as lock-down measures ease

U.S. 2020 Election: Tara Reade’s story

Lift the Mood

In Venice, the pollution has reduced so much that even Louis Vuitton bags are starting to swim again

Local Loves

I live in Houston. I love living in Houston.
Here’s were I share some of that love.

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