This is just the book you’ve been looking for: A book that has great characterization, beautiful prose, some philosophy/symbolisms, an in-depth world that reveals itself naturally, combines the scale and intensity of epic fantasy with the plotting/drama of mystery, realism that doesn’t take away from the fantastical world, morally gray characters (that aren’t completely reprehensible), healthy romance, elements of both comedy and tragedy, and an actual conclusion.
Set in a fantasy setting modeled on the Caribbean c. 1700, Tom and Katie are two lovers who are separated just as a slave revolt and an Indian war break out. They must navigate a perilous landscape to be reunited. When Tom is captured by a savage band of pirates and Kate becomes convinced that he is dead, it seems they will never find one another . . .
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