I almost forgot that there’s a novella to go alongside this series that takes place between the fifth and sixth book so when I dug out my kindle for the first time in probably a year, I decided to re-read it because it perfectly aligned to where I was up to in reading the main series. While this novella might be really short, it is still exactly the same lively tone and engaging characters that we’re used to in the main books and has a small mystery to solve as well which keeps the plot moving. This definitely isn’t required reading and the series can be read perfectly well without ever reading this novella but I do think that is another bonus to this series.
Summer 1792. Our favourite adventurer, Cat Royal, is sailing home from the Caribbean in the company of Billy Shepherd. They stumble into a mystery in the Azores involving stargazers, thieves and far too many wasps that force her to reconsider the life she’s always known, her true position in the world and the relationships she has with those closest to her.
The fifth book really marks a turning point for Cat and Billy’s relationship and that is further cemented in this short novella. The development between them is so evidently clear looking between this book and the first book and that’s something that I really love about series – you get to see so much more character development and world building than just in a single book. There’s also quite a lot of new characters introduced in the book and while none of them felt very relatable and could have used a bit more developing, the basis of the book was there.
This book was extremely engaging and enjoyable and fun to read and I’m giving it a 4 out of 5 stars. I’m not even more excited to read the final book in this series because I can remember practically no other details apart from some of it takes place in Scotland.