Book twelve of the Bloody Jack Adventures
By L.A. Meyer
Available now from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt BFYR
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When I read BOSTON JACKY, I noted that it felt like the "same old, same old, and the new elements introduced never go as far as they might." When I saw that WILD ROVER NO MORE was going to be the final book in the Bloody Jack Adventures, I felt relief. It was a fun ride, but it ran out of new ideas a few books ago.
(Then I learned that author L.A. Meyer died in July and was quite sad, but I am happy he managed to finish this series as he wanted.)
WILD ROVER NO MORE follows the usual pattern. Jacky gets in trouble, Jacky runs and hides in a new identity, flirts with a new man, eventually reunites with old friends just as the danger is greatest. I did particularly enjoy the stretch where Jacky hides as a governess since it required her to use more of her respectable skills, too often unemployed. I was very confused by the section where she disguises herself as a red-haired Russian named Natasha Romanoff. Was that a deliberate reference to The Avengers or did everyone involved in the book somehow miss that?
I enjoyed WILD ROVER NO MORE much more than BOSTON JACKY. The early reunion didn't entirely reconcile me to Jaimy, but I accepted that it worked for Jacky. I do always enjoy spending time with Jacky as she wreaks havoc through nineteenth century history.
If you've been following this series, do yourself a favor and pick up the conclusion. Meyer concludes most of the major strands of the story and provides a finish that does Bloody Jack Faber proud. If you haven't read this series, give it a whirl if you're into adventurous girls, age of sail, and hijinks in wacky disguises.