Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Fantasy lovers know Susan Cooper from the Dark is Rising series. Victory has some of those elements of fantasy, but only in Molly’s mind. Molly has recently come to America after her mother married an American. She doesn’t feel “at home” in Connecticut. On a visit to Mystic Seaport, CT, she purchases a book, The Biography of Lord Nelson. In that book she finds a scrap of cloth wrapped in an envelope with a note saying the scrap is part of the sail from HMS Victory – the ship on which Lord Nelson was killed. Suddenly she begins to have visions that bother her.

In the other chapters, the reader is introduced to Sam Robbins who lived in the early 1800s. Sam had just begun his apprenticeship to become a ropemaker when he was “pressed” into service for the Royal Navy.

This is almost like two novels in one. They are related, but you don’t see how closely until the end of the story.


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