Summary: It was a slender length of rusted steel, tapered to a point at one end and jagged at the other, as if it had broken. A thousand people would step over it and think it trash, but not her. This was the tip of a rapier.
Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure.
The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past and surrounded by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. But a pirate’s life is bloody and brief, and as Jill learns about the dark magic that brought her there, she forms a desperate scheme to get home—one that risks everything in a duel to the death with a villainous pirate captain.
My Thoughts: After reading and enjoying Vaughn’s first YA novel, Voices of Dragons, I was pretty excited when I found out she’d written another one. However, Steel bored me. It was fairly formulaic and I predicted every single thing that happened. I like Vaughn’s writing style, but her plot in Steel didn’t interest me at all.
I’ll still be checking out more of her books because I enjoyed Voices of Dragons so much, but I wouldn’t recommend this one.
Author Website: http://www.carrievaughn.com