Hi there! It’s been a long winter already for a lot of us in the northeast, and I’ve been spending the chilly days deep in the drafts of a new book. But I’m told that spring will be here eventually, and then summer, and after THAT…well, naturally, it will be pirate season.
The third and final installment in the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates trilogy is called THE BUCCANEERS’ CODE, and it’ll be available for you to read in September of this year. I had a ridiculous amount of fun writing this book, taking Hilary and the gargoyle to new parts of the kingdom, bringing back old characters and introducing a few new ones, and ending the series in a way that feels right to me–with plenty of jokes, two big ocean battles, a little romance, a lot of gargoyle attitude, good etiquette, new career directions for some old friends, and a pitcher of molasses. I hope you’ll like it, too.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Hilary Westfield is a freelance pirate now. When Captain Blacktooth showed his entirely dishonorable side by teaming up with the Mutineers and threatening the kingdom, Hilary forfeited her sword and hoped that the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates would one day secure a new leader—an honorable one (or very nearly).
Hilary’s devoted crew—including the talking gargoyle—believes she’s the perfect person for the job, so she picks up her sword again and challenges Captain Blacktooth and his villainous friends to a High Seas battle. If she wins, Hilary will become the new president of the League. If she loses? She’ll perish or, at best, she’ll be forced to spend the rest of her days at the Pestilent Home for Foul-Tempered Pirates while the Mutineers steal all the kingdom’s magic. To gather supporters, Hilary and her crew set sail on a quest that may or may not involve fearsome pirates, even more fearsome finishing school girls, and . . . chickens.
Caroline Carlson returns once again to the world of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates in the conclusion to this fantastically funny and adventure-filled series.
And here is the cover! I adore it. It’s illustrated once again by the brilliant Petur Antonsson and designed by one of my many heroes at HarperCollins, Amy Ryan:
I’m really excited that this scene (from Chapter 3) was the one chosen for the cover, since it was one of the scenes that popped into my head fully formed when I first came up with the idea for this book. You can see that the pirates are ON LAND this time–in Gunpowder Square, to be precise. (Check out the Maps store on the left and the Traps store on the right! I just noticed them as I was writing this blog post.)