Aug 9, 2013
Book Review: Dido's Prize by Eugenia O'Neal
Dido, a slave on a Jamaican sugar plantation, runs away to join Henry Morgan's privateer fleet and find the treasure that will allow her to buy her family's freedom. What she doesn't bargain on is falling in love with El Negro, a pirate captain with no particular yen for a long-lasting relationship. As Morgan sails the Spanish Main, sacking first, El Puerto del Principe in Cuba, and then the great city of Porto Bello in Panama, Dido becomes a valued member of El Negro's crew. After the ships return to Jamaica, Dido thinks she will never see the pirate captain again, but he comes to her rescue when she is in peril. They flee deep into the Blue Mountains, but El Negro knows he will never be safe on the island. Together, Dido and her pirate, head back out to sea to find a place where they can live and love in freedom.
Dido's Prize is well written and very interesting. I like the perspective it shows on this time in history, and the story fits in perfectly with the time period. Some of my favorite books are about slavery, and I was so glad to see Dido escape, then live a life completely different from what she did before.
Dido is such a brave woman. I love all the risks she takes in this book and love that she pulled off being a teenage boy on a ship full of men. El Negro is also a great character and I love his determination and love for Dido. I would love for there to be a sequel, and to find out what the next chapter that their life holds. Eugenia O'Neal is definitely an author worth checking out. I really like this book overall!
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars!