The Left-Handed Fate

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The Left-Handed Fate ❦ [KINDLE] ❁ The Left-Handed Fate By Kate Milford ➡ – Polishdarling.co.uk Lucy Bluecrowne and Maxwell Ault are on a mission find the three pieces of a strange and arcane engine They re not exactly sure what this machine does, but they have it on good authority that it will Lucy Bluecrowne and Maxwell Ault are on a mission find the three pieces of a strange and arcane engine They re not exactly sure what this machine does, but they The Left-Handed PDF/EPUB or have it on good authority that it will stop the war that s raging between their home country of England and Napoleon Bonaparte s France Despite being followed by mysterious men dressed all in black, they re well on their way to finding everything they need when their ship, the famous Left Handed Fate, is taken by the AmericansAnd not just any Americans The Fate and with it, Lucy and Max are put under the command of Oliver Dexter, who s only just turned twelveBut Lucy and Max aren t the only ones trying to put the engine together, and if the pieces fall into the wrong hands, it could prove disastrous Oliver is faced with a choice help Lucy and Max and become a traitor to his country Or follow orders and risk endangering that same country and many others at the same time not to mention his friends.

    Download Book Best Sellers in PDF format to finding everything they need when their ship, the famous Left Handed Fate, is taken by the AmericansAnd not just any Americans The Fate and with it, Lucy and Max are put under the command of Oliver Dexter, who s only just turned twelveBut Lucy and Max aren t the only ones trying to put the engine together, and if the pieces fall into the wrong hands, it could prove disastrous Oliver is faced with a choice help Lucy and Max and become a traitor to his country Or follow orders and risk endangering that same country and many others at the same time not to mention his friends."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 375 pages
  • The Left-Handed Fate
  • Kate Milford
  • English
  • 14 December 2019
  • 0805098003

About the Author: Kate Milford

Kate is the author of THE THIEF KNOT, GREENGLASS HOUSE, GHOSTS OF GREENGLASS HOUSE, BLUECROWNE, THE LEFT HANDED FATE, THE BONESHAKER, THE BROKEN LANDS, THE KAIROS MECHANISM, and the forthcoming The Left-Handed PDF/EPUB or THE RACONTEUR S COMMONPLACE BOOK February Originally from Annapolis, MD, Kate now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Nathan and son Griffin and their dogs, Ed and Sprocket She has written for stage and screen and is a frequent travel columnist for the Nagspeake Board of Tourism and Culture nagspeake.



10 thoughts on “The Left-Handed Fate

  1. Brandy Painter Brandy Painter says:

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.Kate Milford is an auto buy author for me I love all of her books The Left Handed Fate, which I was lucky enough to read an ARC of, is no exception It has been a long time since I was so thoroughly enraptured with a book and in that mode where I never want to stop reading or leave this world and its characters.Max Ault is attempting to complete his late father s mission to put together the pieces of an ancient puzzle that lead to the b Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.Kate Milford is an auto buy author for me I love all of her books The Left Handed Fate, which I was lucky enough to read an ARC of, is no exception It has been a long time since I was so thoroughly enraptured with a book and in that mode where I never want to stop reading or leave this world and its characters.Max Ault is attempting to complete his late father s mission to put together the pieces of an ancient puzzle that lead to the building of a magnificent machine a machine that will have the power to end all wars.Lucy Bluecrowne is a privateer determined to help Max complete his mission and continue her family s legacy of honor and commitment.Oliver Dexter wants to live up to the legacy of his famous ship captain father and not embarrass himself as a midshipman turned captain of a prize vessel.Liao Bluecrowne just wants everyone to stop fighting and let him make fireworks in peace.Together these four headstrong determined characters have to dodge the most undiplomatic of French diplomats, outrun mysterious pursuers dressed in all black whose ship seems to appear out of nowhere, navigate the mysterious unexplainable port of Nagspeake, and deal with betrayals, plots, and politics Most importantly they have to learn to trust each other and work together before they all lose everything they are working hardest to hold on to.As always with Milford s work, the characters shine brightest in The Left Handed Fate I can not even begin to tell you how much I love these people My brain is a jumble of incoherent ramblings and heart eye emojis Lucy is brave, smart, strategical, and a masterful leader Max is determined, loyal, intelligent, and capable of backing down when necessary And can the boy ever think outside the box Oliver is vulnerable yet stalwart, honorable, and smart enough to know when he is in over his head and ask for help Liao is wise beyond his years, energetic, and artistic The way Milford weaves their relationships to bring out their characteristics is nothing short of phenomenal writer s craft Through it we see the people they are in how they behave with each other And different interactions and groupings bring out different characteristics and shades of who they are It Is Brilliant Oliver is a foil for both Lucy and Max He has certain qualities in common with Lucy and others with Max This shows how much Lucy and Max really have in common despite seeming to be complete opposites In addition to that, Oliver is very much his own character Liao is so completely self possessed and runs circles around the older characters and it is vastly entertaining I loved all of Liao s scenes The developing relationships and how each is carefully circling around the others for a variety of different reasons makes for fascinating reading too I adored each of these characters individually and every permutation of them together I loved how they needed each other to be their best possible selves too My favorite is Lucy Max though because I m a hopeless romantic and I shipped that hard from the first chapter, which, if you read this blog often enough, will tell you everything you need to know about Lucy and Max The plot is fast paced There is really no peace at all to be had while reading this book The end of each chapter just left me wanting to know , desperate to see what happens next I ve made no secret of how little I tend to enjoy books that take place on boats I had no trouble with this here There was exactly enough about ships for me to be firmly set in the world without making me want to go set fire to an entire fleet out of sheer frustration if I got onedetail about how ships work This is a fine balance no other author writing about boats has managed for me Milford does a fabulous job of showing life on ship and also the bringing to life the town of Nagspeake, which is changeable and hard to pin down I was fully immersed in the world she created from beginning to end.The story takes place during the War of 1812 shortly after America s declaration of war The Left Handed Fate is a British privateer vessel Oliver is a midshipman in the US Navy Max is doing what he is doing to help Britain stop the advance of Napoleon I appreciated how well Milford added historical details including how complicated the politics of all this were at the time Max has a line about how inconsequential the American war is in comparison to Britain s problem with Napoleon True She also manages to include how awful and unfair impressment and the British seizing of America s ships was Also true She does this deftly, not turning her plot into a history lesson It is simply part of the world and who these characters are These issues color how the characters see each other, how they choose their words, and what actions they take At the fear of repeating myself too much, it is BRILLIANT.I am labeling this as Middle Grade because that s how it is being marketed, but truly it is one of those books that defies age category Okay, that s also a trademark of Kate Milford s books She is in the same category in my head with Diana Wynne Jones, Elizabeth Marie Pope, and Megan Whalen Turner that way Child Teen Adult Who cares Enjoy a good adventure with politics and characters who will feel like family Then this book is for you.I read an ARC made available by the publisher, Henry Holt and Co., via Edelweiss The Left Handed Fate is on sale August 23rd

  2. Beth Beth says:

    Look this is, objectively speaking, a decent book Even a good one But it s somehow both clinically good and a confusing jumble The plot is messy, but it s covered in a veneer of competent storytelling.I don t want competence, though I want an immersive experience I want a story greater than the sum of its parts I want something that reaches for the heights of Greenglass House, something ambitious and exciting and urgent. Instead, I get a treasure hunt that s a theme Milford plays with in Look this is, objectively speaking, a decent book Even a good one But it s somehow both clinically good and a confusing jumble The plot is messy, but it s covered in a veneer of competent storytelling.I don t want competence, though I want an immersive experience I want a story greater than the sum of its parts I want something that reaches for the heights of Greenglass House, something ambitious and exciting and urgent. Instead, I get a treasure hunt that s a theme Milford plays with in a few books and fireworks same only here I m supposed to believe the treasure hunt isthan a treasure hunt and the fireworks arethan fireworks And I don t Also, I m left wondering why people treat these characters as adults when all I m shown from their points of view, over and over, is just how young they feel and consequently behave This isn t a flaw in and of itself, but it is a contradiction when people don t notice their less than adult perspectives and act instead as if nothing is amiss The main problem I have, though, resembles the problem I had with The Broken Lands too many big ideas are dumped into the narrative and given short shrift Between the orphans, the treasure hunt that can end everything, the convenient independent principality with its growing metal and wandering streets and frustratingly unsurprising madhouse, and the very real war, neither the fantastic aspects nor the horror of the war of 1812 are properly developed The characters, who are supposedly propelled by these elements, suffer as a result There are also ahistorical details, mostly about the treatment of women at the time, that border on preachy and are awkwardly linked to the treatment of children at the time I ignored them.The writing doesn t strike me as particularly clever, either, but there is one great line When you call things fairy tales, you mean stories for children, in which fantastic things stand in for real ones and some sort of truth hides behind a wondrous fiction, yes If only this book lived up to the promise implied in those words

  3. Skip Skip says:

    Lucy Bluecrowne and Maxwell Ault are on a mission find and combine the three pieces of a strange and arcane engine that will have the power to end all wars The book takes place after therecently published book Bluecrowne, at the outset of the war of 1812, with America battling England while England is worried about France and Napoleon Others are after the machine, including the French and some mysterious men in black The privateer, Left Handed Fate, is captured by the Americans and put Lucy Bluecrowne and Maxwell Ault are on a mission find and combine the three pieces of a strange and arcane engine that will have the power to end all wars The book takes place after therecently published book Bluecrowne, at the outset of the war of 1812, with America battling England while England is worried about France and Napoleon Others are after the machine, including the French and some mysterious men in black The privateer, Left Handed Fate, is captured by the Americans and put under the command of young Oliver Dexter, who is only twelve and is promoted to acting Lieutenant Oliver and Lucy are both forced into positions of leadership, making difficult decisions affecting the lives of their crews, leading them to the independent town of Nagspeake, where they are able to learn what the loom cards mean and find the second piece in a wonderfully illustrated, weird bizarre Liao Bluecrowne s fascination with fireworks plays an important role Milford weaves another interesting tale, with steampunk elements

  4. Mike Mike says:

    The unlikely pairing of a pirate s daughter, a philosopher s son, and a 12 year old naval captain might be just the right combination of brains, heart, and bravery to decipher the cryptic clues whispering of an ancient machine that could wipe all war from the planet Such a powerful tool in the wrong hands The adventure begins on the high seas before Max, Lucy, and Oliver find themselves on the other side of the wardrobe as their quest delivers them to the otherworldly, Sovereign City of Nagsp The unlikely pairing of a pirate s daughter, a philosopher s son, and a 12 year old naval captain might be just the right combination of brains, heart, and bravery to decipher the cryptic clues whispering of an ancient machine that could wipe all war from the planet Such a powerful tool in the wrong hands The adventure begins on the high seas before Max, Lucy, and Oliver find themselves on the other side of the wardrobe as their quest delivers them to the otherworldly, Sovereign City of Nagspeake where places and people aren t always as they appear It s a story that unfolds on the edge of imagination and reality Left Handed Fate s subtle rumination on weapons may very well help the sophisticated readers of today shape a violence free tomorrow

  5. QNPoohBear QNPoohBear says:

    3.5 starsLucy Bluecrowne is the daughter of Captain Bluecrowne of the Left Handed Fate and privateer Lucy and her little brother Liao love their life at sea It s all Lucy has ever known though Liao remembers living in China with his mother The ship and crew are sailing the Atlantic in search of French ships and also searching for a mysterious machine part Max Ault is determined to finish the job his father, a natural philosopher, started and bring about an end to the war between Britain and 3.5 starsLucy Bluecrowne is the daughter of Captain Bluecrowne of the Left Handed Fate and privateer Lucy and her little brother Liao love their life at sea It s all Lucy has ever known though Liao remembers living in China with his mother The ship and crew are sailing the Atlantic in search of French ships and also searching for a mysterious machine part Max Ault is determined to finish the job his father, a natural philosopher, started and bring about an end to the war between Britain and France Max has one part of the machine and the next is hidden in Balti Unfortunately for the ship s crew, America has just declared war on Britain so it won t be easy navigating Balti as British subjects If Max wants to succeed he has to talk his way past a nervous shopkeeper, seek help from a young American acting Lieutenant U.S Navy , rely on Lucy and Liao to help rescue him from his own clumsiness and avoid some mysterious sailors in all black who only appear after seeing mysterious purple lights Can a quartet of children figure out the solution to the mysterious machine that will end war forever This story is a light fantasy novel for older middle grade readers young adults set during the War of 1812 It s a time period not many people know about from the American perspective outside of key areas like Balti I was really intrigued to see how the war would affect the characters The plot was interesting but I felt it wasn t as unputdownable as I had expected It felt a little too slow moving in the beginning I dropped my rating because of an excessive battle scene involving a lot of carnage That was a bit too much for a middle grade book It was confusing after that to figure out who was on which ship and who was an ally of Lucy s and who was not That becomes muchambiguous as the story goes on Once they get to Nagspeake the story becomes a lotinteresting I just loved the description of Nagspeake It s so fantastical and amazing I loved the living iron philosophical iron and the bazaar The author did an amazing job world building I dropped my rating a bitbecause the moral was hammered home I also really liked the strong female characters in this novel Lucy has spent her entire life at sea and she can be a bit tough but she also has a heart She is capable of feelings and emotions that all teen girls experience She has a lot to deal with in this novel and I really liked her Lucy is a bit bossy at times but she is a natural leader and gets things done in her own way Nell Levinflash is the other strong female character She s a leader like Lucy but unlike Lucy, she doesn t seem to have emotions She does what she has to do to protect her home and while I found her ethics a bit dubious, I did appreciate her character Another strong female character is The Mad Spinster She s a minor character but crucial to the plot I loved learning about the history of weaving I don t believe she is truly mad but perhaps elderly and a bit too consumed by her work The male characters here are all very different but quite as endearing as the females Max is a gawky, awkward teenage boy who wants to do the right thing but is unsure of what to do I loved his clumsiness and how he figures out what to do at the end Liao is adorable He is so sweet and loving He reminded me of my niece E They re the same age Liao embodies the sweet innocence of young children His pyromania made me a bit nervous but I liked how he only used it for fun and for helping a friend in need Oliver Dexter, age 12, is an eager young lad, determined to go to sea and follow in the footsteps of his hero Is he named after Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the War of 1812 When he finds himself in over his head he behaves as any other young teen boy would I really liked his character development and how Lucy points out his positive traits Britain had better look out The adult males are not as well rounded as the children because obviously this book is intended for children Like the Series of Unfortunate Events, the children are smarter than the adults Lucy s father seems indulgent of her and a loving father He s a tough Captain but fair The crew members aren t fleshed out much Mr Cascon is Oliver s trusted friend and father figure I didn t trust him at first but his story is tragic and horrific Of Lucy s friends, only Harrick really becomes part of the story and he basically exists in the background to move the children from point A to point B The crew of the LHF are like Lucy s family so I m sure I would like them They re certainly loyal Then there s the villains from France who also want the same machine Max is after Cloutier and Voclain are a bit stereotypical They re single minded in pursuit of stopping the British without thought to consequences The author refrains from making them cartoonish at least The mysterious men in black are a bit scary They surprised me a lot I enjoyed this novel enough to want a sequel I d like to know how things turned out for Oliver and what Lucy gets up to next.This book is for those who likePatrick O Brian s Aubrey Maturin novelsL.A Meyer s Jacky Faber seriesHoratio Hornblower 1 11.A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket steampunkContent Graphic battle sequencehonest, brutal account of the French Revolutionoccasional language

  6. Fran Fran says:

    I lived in Fell s Point, where The Left Handed Fate begins, and still consider it home To find it captured in time between these pages, and well in the grip of plots and contorted mechanisms was a complete joy More soon, once I wrest the book back from a young friend.

  7. Ava Thompson Ava Thompson says:

    When I first found this book in the library, I was incredibly excited A Kate Milford book I haven t read yetI asked myself And what s , one about Lucy, a Bluecrowne and a founder of Greenglass House, my introduction to Kate MilfordObviously, I grabbed it and held it close to my chest until it was safely home and in my bookshelf.Lucy Bluecrowne and her stepbrother Liao are back on their ship The Left Handed Fate, this time not privateering, but hired by Maxwell Ault to assist him in the When I first found this book in the library, I was incredibly excited A Kate Milford book I haven t read yetI asked myself And what s , one about Lucy, a Bluecrowne and a founder of Greenglass House, my introduction to Kate MilfordObviously, I grabbed it and held it close to my chest until it was safely home and in my bookshelf.Lucy Bluecrowne and her stepbrother Liao are back on their ship The Left Handed Fate, this time not privateering, but hired by Maxwell Ault to assist him in the quest his father begun to end the years long war between their country of England and France under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte by finding the pieces to and building an ancient, fabled weapon of massive power But they re being tailed by the Marie Colette, a ship containing the Frenchman that was Max s father s main rival, and a mysterious black brig keeps appearing out of nowhere, heralded by the glowing corpusants of St Elmo s Fire.Oliver Dexter is an acting midshipman of the US Navy, only there because his father, a famous naval commander, pulled strings He expects to serve for a few years before ever being promoted, but when America enters into the War of 1812 with Britain and the ship Oliver serves on captures a beautiful British privateer vessel, he s propelled into returning as acting lieutenant with a small prize crew to take the ship back to an American port at twelve years old.In a quintessential Kate Milford book, including oceanic battles, twisting pathways, riddles and fireworks, is contained another deep woven tale of betrayal, magic, mysteries, wars, and friendships, all combined to create a book it would be incredibly hard not to likeSay the words Of these is the world made, by these is the world contained From the singularities is built the great engine that in turn builds the vision of the dreamer and rains down upon the others the end of dreaming Tolle et lege

  8. Sam Musher Sam Musher says:

    I was all set to love this, because Greenglass House is one of my favorite books of the last few years and because 18th century sailing ships but with steampunky magic Unfortunately I found the first half a slog The characters are chasing around after a few plot coupons, other non point of view enemy characters are chasing after them as well basically everyone was shuttling back and forth around Balti Harbor firing at each others ships and boarding each other, and the stakes were to I was all set to love this, because Greenglass House is one of my favorite books of the last few years and because 18th century sailing ships but with steampunky magic Unfortunately I found the first half a slog The characters are chasing around after a few plot coupons, other non point of view enemy characters are chasing after them as well basically everyone was shuttling back and forth around Balti Harbor firing at each others ships and boarding each other, and the stakes were too mysterious for me to care.I persevered because I trust Milford, and the book did pick up for me when they arrived in the strange city state of Nagspeake also the setting of Greenglass, 200 years later Her gift for creating quirky, cozy settings with a hint of danger was able to shine there I can read about Nagspeake hot cocoa and jam all day The end was a bit Diana Wynne Jones offbeat to work perfectly for me The Homeward Bounders is probably the one I m thinking of here, though it was a general feelingthan any specific title I adore them, but I m not sure anyone can do DWJ endings but DWJ view spoiler And I m not convinced Lucy and Max needed to fall in love rather than just being friends hide spoiler Overall reasonably satisfying, but I kind of wish I d reread Greenglass House instead

  9. Mike Jung Mike Jung says:

    I feel like I m running out of superlatives to use when describing Kate Milford s work, because wowie zowie, she just keeps throwing armfuls of greatness out the windows and into the streets, you know THE LEFT HANDED FATE is fabulously good It has all of the qualities I ve come to associate with the Kate Milford Literary Experience an intricate web of historical detail an air of tension that builds slowly but inexorably to a supernova state deeply realized characters who are flinty, stubbor I feel like I m running out of superlatives to use when describing Kate Milford s work, because wowie zowie, she just keeps throwing armfuls of greatness out the windows and into the streets, you know THE LEFT HANDED FATE is fabulously good It has all of the qualities I ve come to associate with the Kate Milford Literary Experience an intricate web of historical detail an air of tension that builds slowly but inexorably to a supernova state deeply realized characters who are flinty, stubborn, courageous, uncertain, and altogether lovable and a current of humor that s sly, understated, and irresistible She just can t write books fast enough for me, is what I m saying DAMN IT, KATE, WRITE FASTER

  10. Ariel Cummins Ariel Cummins says:

    This book is very, very well written Not a book I would ever normally pick up maritime adventure No, thanks , but definitely worth the ride.Lots of adventure, strong female characters, delightful world building, and all around fun A great recommendation for those kids who are reading on a level that puts them outside the children s room, but aren t ready for a lot of the content of YA.

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  1. Brandy Painter Brandy Painter says:

    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.Kate Milford is an auto buy author for me I love all of her books The Left Handed Fate, which I was lucky enough to read an ARC of, is no exception It has been a long time since I was so thoroughly enraptured with a book and in that mode where I never want to stop reading or leave this world and its characters.Max Ault is attempting to complete his late father s mission to put together the pieces of an ancient puzzle that lead to the b Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.Kate Milford is an auto buy author for me I love all of her books The Left Handed Fate, which I was lucky enough to read an ARC of, is no exception It has been a long time since I was so thoroughly enraptured with a book and in that mode where I never want to stop reading or leave this world and its characters.Max Ault is attempting to complete his late father s mission to put together the pieces of an ancient puzzle that lead to the building of a magnificent machine a machine that will have the power to end all wars.Lucy Bluecrowne is a privateer determined to help Max complete his mission and continue her family s legacy of honor and commitment.Oliver Dexter wants to live up to the legacy of his famous ship captain father and not embarrass himself as a midshipman turned captain of a prize vessel.Liao Bluecrowne just wants everyone to stop fighting and let him make fireworks in peace.Together these four headstrong determined characters have to dodge the most undiplomatic of French diplomats, outrun mysterious pursuers dressed in all black whose ship seems to appear out of nowhere, navigate the mysterious unexplainable port of Nagspeake, and deal with betrayals, plots, and politics Most importantly they have to learn to trust each other and work together before they all lose everything they are working hardest to hold on to.As always with Milford s work, the characters shine brightest in The Left Handed Fate I can not even begin to tell you how much I love these people My brain is a jumble of incoherent ramblings and heart eye emojis Lucy is brave, smart, strategical, and a masterful leader Max is determined, loyal, intelligent, and capable of backing down when necessary And can the boy ever think outside the box Oliver is vulnerable yet stalwart, honorable, and smart enough to know when he is in over his head and ask for help Liao is wise beyond his years, energetic, and artistic The way Milford weaves their relationships to bring out their characteristics is nothing short of phenomenal writer s craft Through it we see the people they are in how they behave with each other And different interactions and groupings bring out different characteristics and shades of who they are It Is Brilliant Oliver is a foil for both Lucy and Max He has certain qualities in common with Lucy and others with Max This shows how much Lucy and Max really have in common despite seeming to be complete opposites In addition to that, Oliver is very much his own character Liao is so completely self possessed and runs circles around the older characters and it is vastly entertaining I loved all of Liao s scenes The developing relationships and how each is carefully circling around the others for a variety of different reasons makes for fascinating reading too I adored each of these characters individually and every permutation of them together I loved how they needed each other to be their best possible selves too My favorite is Lucy Max though because I m a hopeless romantic and I shipped that hard from the first chapter, which, if you read this blog often enough, will tell you everything you need to know about Lucy and Max The plot is fast paced There is really no peace at all to be had while reading this book The end of each chapter just left me wanting to know , desperate to see what happens next I ve made no secret of how little I tend to enjoy books that take place on boats I had no trouble with this here There was exactly enough about ships for me to be firmly set in the world without making me want to go set fire to an entire fleet out of sheer frustration if I got onedetail about how ships work This is a fine balance no other author writing about boats has managed for me Milford does a fabulous job of showing life on ship and also the bringing to life the town of Nagspeake, which is changeable and hard to pin down I was fully immersed in the world she created from beginning to end.The story takes place during the War of 1812 shortly after America s declaration of war The Left Handed Fate is a British privateer vessel Oliver is a midshipman in the US Navy Max is doing what he is doing to help Britain stop the advance of Napoleon I appreciated how well Milford added historical details including how complicated the politics of all this were at the time Max has a line about how inconsequential the American war is in comparison to Britain s problem with Napoleon True She also manages to include how awful and unfair impressment and the British seizing of America s ships was Also true She does this deftly, not turning her plot into a history lesson It is simply part of the world and who these characters are These issues color how the characters see each other, how they choose their words, and what actions they take At the fear of repeating myself too much, it is BRILLIANT.I am labeling this as Middle Grade because that s how it is being marketed, but truly it is one of those books that defies age category Okay, that s also a trademark of Kate Milford s books She is in the same category in my head with Diana Wynne Jones, Elizabeth Marie Pope, and Megan Whalen Turner that way Child Teen Adult Who cares Enjoy a good adventure with politics and characters who will feel like family Then this book is for you.I read an ARC made available by the publisher, Henry Holt and Co., via Edelweiss The Left Handed Fate is on sale August 23rd


  2. Beth Beth says:

    Look this is, objectively speaking, a decent book Even a good one But it s somehow both clinically good and a confusing jumble The plot is messy, but it s covered in a veneer of competent storytelling.I don t want competence, though I want an immersive experience I want a story greater than the sum of its parts I want something that reaches for the heights of Greenglass House, something ambitious and exciting and urgent. Instead, I get a treasure hunt that s a theme Milford plays with in Look this is, objectively speaking, a decent book Even a good one But it s somehow both clinically good and a confusing jumble The plot is messy, but it s covered in a veneer of competent storytelling.I don t want competence, though I want an immersive experience I want a story greater than the sum of its parts I want something that reaches for the heights of Greenglass House, something ambitious and exciting and urgent. Instead, I get a treasure hunt that s a theme Milford plays with in a few books and fireworks same only here I m supposed to believe the treasure hunt isthan a treasure hunt and the fireworks arethan fireworks And I don t Also, I m left wondering why people treat these characters as adults when all I m shown from their points of view, over and over, is just how young they feel and consequently behave This isn t a flaw in and of itself, but it is a contradiction when people don t notice their less than adult perspectives and act instead as if nothing is amiss The main problem I have, though, resembles the problem I had with The Broken Lands too many big ideas are dumped into the narrative and given short shrift Between the orphans, the treasure hunt that can end everything, the convenient independent principality with its growing metal and wandering streets and frustratingly unsurprising madhouse, and the very real war, neither the fantastic aspects nor the horror of the war of 1812 are properly developed The characters, who are supposedly propelled by these elements, suffer as a result There are also ahistorical details, mostly about the treatment of women at the time, that border on preachy and are awkwardly linked to the treatment of children at the time I ignored them.The writing doesn t strike me as particularly clever, either, but there is one great line When you call things fairy tales, you mean stories for children, in which fantastic things stand in for real ones and some sort of truth hides behind a wondrous fiction, yes If only this book lived up to the promise implied in those words


  3. Skip Skip says:

    Lucy Bluecrowne and Maxwell Ault are on a mission find and combine the three pieces of a strange and arcane engine that will have the power to end all wars The book takes place after therecently published book Bluecrowne, at the outset of the war of 1812, with America battling England while England is worried about France and Napoleon Others are after the machine, including the French and some mysterious men in black The privateer, Left Handed Fate, is captured by the Americans and put Lucy Bluecrowne and Maxwell Ault are on a mission find and combine the three pieces of a strange and arcane engine that will have the power to end all wars The book takes place after therecently published book Bluecrowne, at the outset of the war of 1812, with America battling England while England is worried about France and Napoleon Others are after the machine, including the French and some mysterious men in black The privateer, Left Handed Fate, is captured by the Americans and put under the command of young Oliver Dexter, who is only twelve and is promoted to acting Lieutenant Oliver and Lucy are both forced into positions of leadership, making difficult decisions affecting the lives of their crews, leading them to the independent town of Nagspeake, where they are able to learn what the loom cards mean and find the second piece in a wonderfully illustrated, weird bizarre Liao Bluecrowne s fascination with fireworks plays an important role Milford weaves another interesting tale, with steampunk elements


  4. Mike Mike says:

    The unlikely pairing of a pirate s daughter, a philosopher s son, and a 12 year old naval captain might be just the right combination of brains, heart, and bravery to decipher the cryptic clues whispering of an ancient machine that could wipe all war from the planet Such a powerful tool in the wrong hands The adventure begins on the high seas before Max, Lucy, and Oliver find themselves on the other side of the wardrobe as their quest delivers them to the otherworldly, Sovereign City of Nagsp The unlikely pairing of a pirate s daughter, a philosopher s son, and a 12 year old naval captain might be just the right combination of brains, heart, and bravery to decipher the cryptic clues whispering of an ancient machine that could wipe all war from the planet Such a powerful tool in the wrong hands The adventure begins on the high seas before Max, Lucy, and Oliver find themselves on the other side of the wardrobe as their quest delivers them to the otherworldly, Sovereign City of Nagspeake where places and people aren t always as they appear It s a story that unfolds on the edge of imagination and reality Left Handed Fate s subtle rumination on weapons may very well help the sophisticated readers of today shape a violence free tomorrow


  5. QNPoohBear QNPoohBear says:

    3.5 starsLucy Bluecrowne is the daughter of Captain Bluecrowne of the Left Handed Fate and privateer Lucy and her little brother Liao love their life at sea It s all Lucy has ever known though Liao remembers living in China with his mother The ship and crew are sailing the Atlantic in search of French ships and also searching for a mysterious machine part Max Ault is determined to finish the job his father, a natural philosopher, started and bring about an end to the war between Britain and 3.5 starsLucy Bluecrowne is the daughter of Captain Bluecrowne of the Left Handed Fate and privateer Lucy and her little brother Liao love their life at sea It s all Lucy has ever known though Liao remembers living in China with his mother The ship and crew are sailing the Atlantic in search of French ships and also searching for a mysterious machine part Max Ault is determined to finish the job his father, a natural philosopher, started and bring about an end to the war between Britain and France Max has one part of the machine and the next is hidden in Balti Unfortunately for the ship s crew, America has just declared war on Britain so it won t be easy navigating Balti as British subjects If Max wants to succeed he has to talk his way past a nervous shopkeeper, seek help from a young American acting Lieutenant U.S Navy , rely on Lucy and Liao to help rescue him from his own clumsiness and avoid some mysterious sailors in all black who only appear after seeing mysterious purple lights Can a quartet of children figure out the solution to the mysterious machine that will end war forever This story is a light fantasy novel for older middle grade readers young adults set during the War of 1812 It s a time period not many people know about from the American perspective outside of key areas like Balti I was really intrigued to see how the war would affect the characters The plot was interesting but I felt it wasn t as unputdownable as I had expected It felt a little too slow moving in the beginning I dropped my rating because of an excessive battle scene involving a lot of carnage That was a bit too much for a middle grade book It was confusing after that to figure out who was on which ship and who was an ally of Lucy s and who was not That becomes muchambiguous as the story goes on Once they get to Nagspeake the story becomes a lotinteresting I just loved the description of Nagspeake It s so fantastical and amazing I loved the living iron philosophical iron and the bazaar The author did an amazing job world building I dropped my rating a bitbecause the moral was hammered home I also really liked the strong female characters in this novel Lucy has spent her entire life at sea and she can be a bit tough but she also has a heart She is capable of feelings and emotions that all teen girls experience She has a lot to deal with in this novel and I really liked her Lucy is a bit bossy at times but she is a natural leader and gets things done in her own way Nell Levinflash is the other strong female character She s a leader like Lucy but unlike Lucy, she doesn t seem to have emotions She does what she has to do to protect her home and while I found her ethics a bit dubious, I did appreciate her character Another strong female character is The Mad Spinster She s a minor character but crucial to the plot I loved learning about the history of weaving I don t believe she is truly mad but perhaps elderly and a bit too consumed by her work The male characters here are all very different but quite as endearing as the females Max is a gawky, awkward teenage boy who wants to do the right thing but is unsure of what to do I loved his clumsiness and how he figures out what to do at the end Liao is adorable He is so sweet and loving He reminded me of my niece E They re the same age Liao embodies the sweet innocence of young children His pyromania made me a bit nervous but I liked how he only used it for fun and for helping a friend in need Oliver Dexter, age 12, is an eager young lad, determined to go to sea and follow in the footsteps of his hero Is he named after Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the War of 1812 When he finds himself in over his head he behaves as any other young teen boy would I really liked his character development and how Lucy points out his positive traits Britain had better look out The adult males are not as well rounded as the children because obviously this book is intended for children Like the Series of Unfortunate Events, the children are smarter than the adults Lucy s father seems indulgent of her and a loving father He s a tough Captain but fair The crew members aren t fleshed out much Mr Cascon is Oliver s trusted friend and father figure I didn t trust him at first but his story is tragic and horrific Of Lucy s friends, only Harrick really becomes part of the story and he basically exists in the background to move the children from point A to point B The crew of the LHF are like Lucy s family so I m sure I would like them They re certainly loyal Then there s the villains from France who also want the same machine Max is after Cloutier and Voclain are a bit stereotypical They re single minded in pursuit of stopping the British without thought to consequences The author refrains from making them cartoonish at least The mysterious men in black are a bit scary They surprised me a lot I enjoyed this novel enough to want a sequel I d like to know how things turned out for Oliver and what Lucy gets up to next.This book is for those who likePatrick O Brian s Aubrey Maturin novelsL.A Meyer s Jacky Faber seriesHoratio Hornblower 1 11.A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket steampunkContent Graphic battle sequencehonest, brutal account of the French Revolutionoccasional language


  6. Fran Fran says:

    I lived in Fell s Point, where The Left Handed Fate begins, and still consider it home To find it captured in time between these pages, and well in the grip of plots and contorted mechanisms was a complete joy More soon, once I wrest the book back from a young friend.


  7. Ava Thompson Ava Thompson says:

    When I first found this book in the library, I was incredibly excited A Kate Milford book I haven t read yetI asked myself And what s , one about Lucy, a Bluecrowne and a founder of Greenglass House, my introduction to Kate MilfordObviously, I grabbed it and held it close to my chest until it was safely home and in my bookshelf.Lucy Bluecrowne and her stepbrother Liao are back on their ship The Left Handed Fate, this time not privateering, but hired by Maxwell Ault to assist him in the When I first found this book in the library, I was incredibly excited A Kate Milford book I haven t read yetI asked myself And what s , one about Lucy, a Bluecrowne and a founder of Greenglass House, my introduction to Kate MilfordObviously, I grabbed it and held it close to my chest until it was safely home and in my bookshelf.Lucy Bluecrowne and her stepbrother Liao are back on their ship The Left Handed Fate, this time not privateering, but hired by Maxwell Ault to assist him in the quest his father begun to end the years long war between their country of England and France under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte by finding the pieces to and building an ancient, fabled weapon of massive power But they re being tailed by the Marie Colette, a ship containing the Frenchman that was Max s father s main rival, and a mysterious black brig keeps appearing out of nowhere, heralded by the glowing corpusants of St Elmo s Fire.Oliver Dexter is an acting midshipman of the US Navy, only there because his father, a famous naval commander, pulled strings He expects to serve for a few years before ever being promoted, but when America enters into the War of 1812 with Britain and the ship Oliver serves on captures a beautiful British privateer vessel, he s propelled into returning as acting lieutenant with a small prize crew to take the ship back to an American port at twelve years old.In a quintessential Kate Milford book, including oceanic battles, twisting pathways, riddles and fireworks, is contained another deep woven tale of betrayal, magic, mysteries, wars, and friendships, all combined to create a book it would be incredibly hard not to likeSay the words Of these is the world made, by these is the world contained From the singularities is built the great engine that in turn builds the vision of the dreamer and rains down upon the others the end of dreaming Tolle et lege


  8. Sam Musher Sam Musher says:

    I was all set to love this, because Greenglass House is one of my favorite books of the last few years and because 18th century sailing ships but with steampunky magic Unfortunately I found the first half a slog The characters are chasing around after a few plot coupons, other non point of view enemy characters are chasing after them as well basically everyone was shuttling back and forth around Balti Harbor firing at each others ships and boarding each other, and the stakes were to I was all set to love this, because Greenglass House is one of my favorite books of the last few years and because 18th century sailing ships but with steampunky magic Unfortunately I found the first half a slog The characters are chasing around after a few plot coupons, other non point of view enemy characters are chasing after them as well basically everyone was shuttling back and forth around Balti Harbor firing at each others ships and boarding each other, and the stakes were too mysterious for me to care.I persevered because I trust Milford, and the book did pick up for me when they arrived in the strange city state of Nagspeake also the setting of Greenglass, 200 years later Her gift for creating quirky, cozy settings with a hint of danger was able to shine there I can read about Nagspeake hot cocoa and jam all day The end was a bit Diana Wynne Jones offbeat to work perfectly for me The Homeward Bounders is probably the one I m thinking of here, though it was a general feelingthan any specific title I adore them, but I m not sure anyone can do DWJ endings but DWJ view spoiler And I m not convinced Lucy and Max needed to fall in love rather than just being friends hide spoiler Overall reasonably satisfying, but I kind of wish I d reread Greenglass House instead


  9. Mike Jung Mike Jung says:

    I feel like I m running out of superlatives to use when describing Kate Milford s work, because wowie zowie, she just keeps throwing armfuls of greatness out the windows and into the streets, you know THE LEFT HANDED FATE is fabulously good It has all of the qualities I ve come to associate with the Kate Milford Literary Experience an intricate web of historical detail an air of tension that builds slowly but inexorably to a supernova state deeply realized characters who are flinty, stubbor I feel like I m running out of superlatives to use when describing Kate Milford s work, because wowie zowie, she just keeps throwing armfuls of greatness out the windows and into the streets, you know THE LEFT HANDED FATE is fabulously good It has all of the qualities I ve come to associate with the Kate Milford Literary Experience an intricate web of historical detail an air of tension that builds slowly but inexorably to a supernova state deeply realized characters who are flinty, stubborn, courageous, uncertain, and altogether lovable and a current of humor that s sly, understated, and irresistible She just can t write books fast enough for me, is what I m saying DAMN IT, KATE, WRITE FASTER


  10. Ariel Cummins Ariel Cummins says:

    This book is very, very well written Not a book I would ever normally pick up maritime adventure No, thanks , but definitely worth the ride.Lots of adventure, strong female characters, delightful world building, and all around fun A great recommendation for those kids who are reading on a level that puts them outside the children s room, but aren t ready for a lot of the content of YA.


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