Fantastic Retelling

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A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix is the first novel in C.B. Lee's latest series, Remixed Classics. This series is something that I never knew I needed, but now I live and breathe by this concept. More! Please!

The year is 1826, and young Xiang has only ever met a pirate in her imagination. She grew up hearing of the pirates known as the Dragon Fleet, and their ruthless leader is the Head of the Dragon.

To think, her imagination might have stayed unchanged forever, if not for one fateful day. Xiang's life changed when Anh tried to steal her necklace – a cherished memento of her late father. Somehow, this is the moment that sent two women off on a whole new adventure.

“Words may disappear like the wind; a story is passed on forever.”

Yes, a million times yes! A Clash of Steel is by far the most unique pirate novel I've ever read – and quite possibly by my favorite as well. This was such a thrilling read; I'm struggling to hold back everything running through my thoughts.

For those wondering, yes, this is very much a sapphic pirates novel, and I am here for it. Once again, it's one of those things I didn't realize I needed – right up until it was handed to me on a silver platter. But now I want more.

Likewise, A Clash of Steel very much brings real historical relevance into the mix, and it enhanced this classic tale (Treasure Island, in case it wasn't obvious), turning it into something new and almost magical.

I'll confess that A Clash of Steel has a slightly slow beginning, but I promise it will pick up within the first third of the novel. And when it does, it's going to be nonstop action, romance, and adventure.

Thanks to Feiwel and Friends and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.