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Quintspinner: A Pirate's Quest [Paperback]

Dianne Greenlay
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July 9 2010
As the daughter of a London physician in 1717, sixteen-year-old Tess Willoughby has seen her share of horrors and been to some of the city's shadiest quarters. But a simple trip through the chaos of a London marketplace takes a bizarre twist. Tess witnesses the murder of a renowned elderly seer and unwittingly becomes the mistress of the woman's prophetic spinner ring. Even worse, Tess's panic-stricken trip home leads her to discover a secret family history that shocks Tess to her core. Unable to give up the bejeweled ring, Tess must embark on a treacherous voyage to the pirate-infested waters of the West Indies. Trapped on a merchant ship and unwillingly betrothed to the murderer who covets the power of her ring, Tess finds strength and comfort in the company of a handsome sailor, even though this growing temptation will most certainly jeopardize their lives. Even stranger, she soon realizes that even though her fiancé is ruthless, he alone can secure her safety throughout their perilous journey. Thrust into a world she doesn't understand to fulfill a role she is only beginning to grasp, Tess questions everything she has believed up to now. Her only hope of saving those she loves is to accept her destiny. And yet, the strange influence of her spinner ring could change everything ... Full of high seas action, dangerous magic, and a dash of romance, Quintspinner is a swashbuckling adventure that twists and turns with the fury of a hurricane.

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Dianne Greenlay is the author of Quintspinner - A Pirate's Quest, a novel that has won numerous awards including Best YA, Best Historical, and was runner-up for Book of the Year, She lives on the Canadian prairies, where she shares her home and yard with numerous animals both wild and tame. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good quick read Aug. 11 2013
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If you want something quick and fun to read during the summer, this is it. THere is a lot of action to keep you entertained. SOmetimes it is a little predictable but overall a fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When does the sequel come out? March 15 2013
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Unlike one reviewer, I did not find that the beginning dragged at all. The author nicely wove together the stories of the early characters. Obviously, from the richness of the details, Greenlay has done extensive research for this book.

The only problem I have is waiting for the sequel to see how their lives work out on the island.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Keeper April 23 2011
When I received "Quintspinner" from the author, Dianne Greenlay, it came well recommended: shortlisted for the 2010 Saskatchewan Book Awards; honorable mention for the Creative Arts Council 2011 Fiction Book Award and recipient of the Reader Views 2011 Reviewers Choice Award. All very well and good but I have had bad luck with highly lauded and award winning books lately so a grain of salt was warranted here. Or not.

It has been said that I devour books and rightly so. I did not devour this novel, however. "Quintspinner" is not a book to be devoured - it is a book to be savoured! Just look at the front cover: warm, inviting, hinting at adventure. It made me happy to look at. And then I opened it and was introduced to an era of hard times and strong people; of superstition, adventure and romance; magic rings, the high seas and pirates that would eat (perhaps literally) Captain Jack Sparrow for lunch and go looking for more. I will say that I was a little lost for the first couple of chapters but stick with it. It all comes together and pretty soon you will be drawn in just as I was. I wasn't even half way through the 324 pages when I started hoping there would be a sequel. I knew I wouldn't be ready to let the characters go at the end of this amazing book.

Appropriate for older teens and adults, this pirate's quest makes a great foil to the overdone vampire and werewolf stories out there. Available at amazon, chapters/indigo, iUniverse and elsewhere. Trust me - keep your eye on this author, she's a keeper!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read ! April 10 2011
By Kas
I read this book on holiday and really enjoyed it. One reviewer claimed that she needed to go back and review parts of the book, but I did not have this problem. I enjoyed it from start to finish. It held my attention throughout. I found the story line was believable, and look forward to the sequel - I hope there is one! The author had obviously done a lot of research and that paid off admirably. I would recommend this book. To put it into perspective I also read The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest on holiday, and I had more fun reading this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quintspinner Jan. 17 2011
By Chelsa
This is a great book; I couldn't put it down. The adventurous feel and the multi-dimensional characters give life to a wonderful story from a brilliant new author. I can't wait to read the rest of the story when the subsequent books come out. I think anyone who likes historical fantasy will absolutely love this book; I know I did. It was a pleasure to read.
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