by Margaret McGaffey Fisk
My rating: 5 stars
Series: The Steamship Chronicles - Book 3
Publication Date: July 16, 2015
Publisher: TTO Publishing
Genre: YA Steampunk Fantasy
Print Length: 230 pages
Savor the Joyful Moments
Sam has never been happier than aboard this merchant ship in the middle of the ocean. Most of the crew accepts her despite knowing about Sam’s Natural abilities. They tease and scold as if she were one of their own. She’d do anything to stay, but the captain has made it clear: Come the next port, her voyage is at an end.
Hiding Sam from the crew cost Nat dearly, but he doesn’t want her to go. The sailors view her as a good luck charm now, but as soon as something goes wrong, they will turn on the Natural. Transforming Sam into a boy and giving her Nat’s share of the profits means she might have a decent chance on shore. As long as she stays in control.
If only they could discover a better plan.
This is the third book in The Steamship Chronicles. There is also a prequel, Safe Haven, which occurs eight years before.
Gifts by Margaret McGaffey Fisk
(The Steamship Chronicles, Book 3)
I didn’t have to dig too far down in the hidden gem pile for Margaret McGaffey Fisk’s Gifts and it has earned a place at the top of the pile among other great reads!
Sam and Nat have weathered her discovery, their punishment and lack of trust from the rest of the crew. If not for the captain, she may never have found her place in a world that has never accepted her abilities. As she learns to act like a boy, to avoid discovery when they go ashore, Sam also discovers she does have a purpose if life. Her abilities can bring joy, help and amaze those who dare to see past her differences. As she regains the trust of the crew, she becomes a valuable member and learns the meaning of all for one and one for all.
Margaret McGaffey Fisk has created a steampunk fantasy that opens a world of imagination for young and old readers alike as honor, honesty, patience and acceptance are taught through the actions of some endearing characters. Each page is an adventure waiting to be revealed. The magic of Sam’s gifts, the creations she makes and the trust she learns to give and accept are heartwarming to read as one young girl finally finds a place to belong in a world that has always feared her. Ms. McGaffey’s characters are a delightful group of sailors, normal people doing a job, missing their loved ones and relying on each other to survive. Enjoy the journey, smell the salt air and be amazed at the magic of one young girl and her best friend as they stand tall together.
Give your child the gift of reading, a world of fantasy and an escape just for themselves. Ms. Fisk brings her world to life and makes it an inviting place to be.
I received this copy from Margaret McGaffey Fisk in exchange for my honest review.