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Captain Kyd, Vol. II or, The Wizard of the Sea   By: (1809-1860)

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Captain Kyd, Vol. II or, The Wizard of the Sea by Joseph Holt Ingraham takes readers on a thrilling journey filled with adventure, intrigue, and magic. Set in the early 19th century, this sequel captivates from the very beginning, building upon the events of the first volume.

The story revolves around the enigmatic Captain Kyd, a notorious pirate who has mystified and terrified both sailors and land dwellers alike. In this second installment, readers are transported to the high seas, where Captain Kyd continues his relentless pursuit of riches and power. However, what makes this novel truly stand out is the introduction of a new character - The Wizard of the Sea.

The Wizard of the Sea, known by many names but most commonly as Blackbeard, emerges as the perfect counterpart to Captain Kyd. Ingraham masterfully crafts Blackbeard's character, blending elements of mystery, cunning, and supernatural abilities. As the story unfolds, readers are kept on the edge of their seats, eagerly turning the pages to uncover the secrets behind Blackbeard's powers and the inevitable clash between these two formidable figures.

What makes this novel truly exceptional is Ingraham's ability to seamlessly intertwine historical events with elements of fantasy. While the real-life exploits of Captain Kyd and Blackbeard are well-documented, Ingraham takes this knowledge and weaves a tapestry of magic and sorcery, leaving readers to question what is real and what is mere illusion.

The vivid descriptions of life at sea during this era immerse readers in an atmospheric journey, evoking the salty scent of the ocean and the creaking of wooden ships. Ingraham's writing is richly detailed, painting a vivid picture of the characters, their surroundings, and their emotions. One can easily envision the towering waves crashing against the ship's hull or feel the heat of battle as cannons roar.

While Captain Kyd, Vol. II can be enjoyed as a standalone novel, readers familiar with the first volume will appreciate the continuation and expansion of the characters' stories. Ingraham skillfully develops the relationships among the diverse cast, allowing readers to connect and empathize with their triumphs and heartaches.

As the novel reaches its climax, the stage is set for an epic showdown between Captain Kyd and Blackbeard. Ingraham maintains the suspense until the very end, leading readers through a series of unexpected twists and turns. The final confrontation is both satisfying and bittersweet, leaving readers eagerly anticipating the next installment in the Captain Kyd series.

Captain Kyd, Vol. II or, The Wizard of the Sea is a captivating blend of historical fiction and fantasy, offering a thrilling escapade that will enthrall readers from start to finish. Ingraham's impeccable storytelling, well-drawn characters, and imaginative plot make this novel a must-read for anyone seeking a swashbuckling adventure on the high seas.

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CAPTAIN KYD;

OR,

THE WIZARD OF THE SEA.

A ROMANCE.

BY THE AUTHOR OF

"THE SOUTHWEST," "LAFITTE," "BURTON," &c.

"There's many a one who oft has heard The name of Robert Kyd, Who cannot tell, perhaps, a word Of him, or what he did.

"So, though I never saw the man, And lived not in his day, I'll tell you how his guilt began To what it led the way."

H. F. Gould.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

NEW YORK: HARPER & BROTHERS, 82 CLIFF STREET.

1839.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1838, By HARPER & BROTHERS, In the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New York.

CAPTAIN KYD;

OR,

THE WIZARD OF THE SEA.

BOOK I.

CONTINUED.

CHAPTER VIII.

"The wind blows fair! the vessel feels The pressure of the rising breeze, And swiftest of a thousand keels, She leaps to the careering seas."

WILLIS.

"Commanding, aiding, animating all, Where foe appear'd to press, or friend to fall, Cheers Lara's voice."

Lara.

Towards noon of the day on which the events related in the last chapter transpired, a signal was displayed on one of the towers of Castle Cor, and shortly afterward the yacht, which hitherto had appeared so lifeless, got under weigh... Continue reading book >>




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