Pearl of the Seas A fairytale prequel to 'Black Inked Pearl'

Pearl of the Seas A fairytale prequel to 'Black Inked Pearl'

by Ruth Finnegan, Rachel Backshall


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An award-winning unput-downable tale of two children building a boat from a log they find buried in the sand and sailing off to far-off fantastic lands in a stormy sea-driven adventure with their faithful - but accident-prone - dog Holly. There they learn much wisdom from a king who, like God, has many names'. After an incredible sacrifice of his dearest dream by the boy (now growing up) they return - another dream - to a family tea with their loved ones. The tale is a prequel and companion to Ruth Finnegan's award-winning epic romance 'Black inked pearl', here adapted for preteens but characterised by (in a simpler form) the same unique dream-like and enchanted style as in the original novel.

Five Star Review (Readers' Favorite)

Silver Award (Hungry Monster).

""It really fizzes""

Inspirational Christian fantasy fiction.

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ISBN-13: 9781326929268
Publication date: 01/27/2017
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.23(d)

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Pearl of the Seas A fairytale prequel to 'Black Inked Pearl' 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Two children and a dog embark on a mystical, magical journey into the unknown of growing up in Pearl of the Seas: A Fairytale Prequel to Black Inked Pearl by Ruth Finnegan. Chris discovers a piece of driftwood and with Kate's help, his best friend for years, and her dog, Holly, digs it out ... only to discover it is a magic sailing ship. Chris decides to sail around the world and Holly happily joins him, but Kate is afraid and stays behind. Despondent without her friend, Kate encounters an old man, Yahwiel, who is a magical man of wisdom. He challenges Kate with some riddles and when she proves to be in search of wisdom, he sends her to the boat to join her friend. Chris and Kate encounter numerous difficulties on their journey and wash ashore with the boat heavily damaged. Finding an enchanting city with a King with Many Names and his Queen, they learn a lot about life, sharing and getting along with others. When their time is up in the land of Where-No-Where, the King and the Queen present them with gifts to help them on their way. Chris and Kate return home with Chris’ dream of sailing all around the world unfinished, but new happiness will be uncovered as Kate and Chris think about everything that has happened along the way. Written in a very poetic style, Pearl of the Seas draws from numerous literary and cultural sources as well as African tribal tales and biblical inspiration. Ruth Finnegan delves deeply into what it means to be alive and a good person as Kate and Chris encounter many obstacles in their magical adventure. While the style can be a bit overwhelming at times, it reminds the reader of stories told in oral tradition intended to be learned as lessons. As a prequel to Black Inked Pearl, in Pearl of the Seas we meet developing characters who have some flaws. Kate seems to be rather weak and dependent on Chris, her Hero, who in turn can be rude and actually hits Kate in anger. Although these are images we don’t want our children to see, the important issue is how the characters get past the problems and come to terms with the realities of life. The story is wonderful and provides plenty of inspiration. This is certainly a story worth reading and Ruth Finnegan has included excellent questions at the end that can help parents or teachers discuss the content with their children.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite Pearl of the Seas is a fairytale prequel to Ruth Finnegan’s novel Black Inked Pearl, with illustrations by Rachel Blacksall. It follows the adventures of Chris and Kate, along with Holly, a dog with magical powers, as they construct a boat from driftwood found on the beach and set off with Chris as the hero captain to travel around the world. It is a lyrical, magical tale full of allegory and metaphor, designed to be read out loud in the best fireside storytelling tradition. The trio are shipwrecked on an island governed by King Aahal of The Many Names, where Chris learns the story of how languages became confused and the world’s creatures could no longer communicate with each other, and where Kate teaches the island’s lions to communicate again with humans. Along the way, Chris and Kate’s experiences help them to learn about God, about loss and longing, love and joy, pride and humility. After a year and a day, they must leave the island, but with their precious boat, Pearl of the Seas, wrecked on the shore, can they ever get home again? Pearl of the Seas is written in a stream of consciousness style which reminded me greatly of the work of James Joyce. It is a style that needs some application and is probably more in keeping with the spoken word rather than written prose. I can imagine Ruth Finnegan standing by a flickering fire in an old stone cottage, candles dotted around, telling her story with sweeping words and gestures to a rapt and wide-eyed audience. She hails from a land of folklore, myth and magic with an ancient oral tradition, the influences of which are obvious in her work. I enjoyed the book and can recommend it for a good ‘read aloud’ to your children, whatever age they may be.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite Pearl of the Seas by Ruth Finnegan is a children’s book and a prequel to Black Inked Pearl, written by the same author. Having read Black Inked Pearl, I actually enjoyed this book even more - probably because it is written for a younger audience and thus follows a more simplistic style. Pearl of the Seas also follows the magical adventures of Kate, Chris, and of course the dog, Holly. In this book, Chris and Kate are on the beach and find themselves on a ship by magic. Holly, the dog, of course is an integral part of their magic and accompanies them. Their sailing adventures thus take them through magical places, where they encounter a king and queen, lions and beasts, and more. Most of all, they encounter philosophical truths which turn them into who they are as they grow up and follow their destiny. Pearl of the Seas is written in the same lyrical, part prose, part poetry style of Black Inked Pearl. The main difference is the writing is simpler and meant for older children or pre-teens. I loved how the young Chris and Kate are portrayed, which really helps to put their relationship into perspective once they are older. The illustrations in this book are a nice accompaniment to the text. My favorite part, however, was the little nuggets of wisdom throughout this story such as the riddles posed to the children. This is a fun and easy read and I would certainly recommend it for older children.
JanetChavez21 More than 1 year ago
Pearl of the Seas is a prequel book leading to Black Inked Pearl, you will get the names when you get to the ending ot this book. When two friends, Kate and Chris, along with their sidkick their faithful dog, Holly, go on an adventure that leads them to a marvelous place. In their journey both grow up a little and learn thaer are bigger things out their in the world. When their journey comes to a close they also figure out their own selves and the meaning behind many things. Ther are a few errors for example, "as only here mom". But overall it's a great writing style. It does get some getting used to as the author tends to rhyme a lot and repeat words three times in the sentence. Plus the author also writes as a narrorater who tells the reader what we might be thinking. Overall this book was very intersting and is recommended for parents, children and anyone with an overactive imagination.
Ebienic More than 1 year ago
Kate and Chris, along with faithful companion and all around day-saver, Holly, have built a boat and are now on an epic round the world journey in search of adventure, despite Kate’s initial misgivings. The voyage is full of turmoil and peril, and both Kate and Chris manage to grow up a little as they learn how to support each other in good times and bad. A prequel to Ms. Finnegan’s adult novel Black Inked Pearl, and written more for young adult audiences, the Pearl of the Seas follows a young Kate and Chris at the start of Kate’s self actualization, which is more fully shadowed in the Black Inked Pearl. The style of writing is slightly Homeric or like the Voyage of the Dawn Treader style and does take some getting used to as it waxes more poetic than I was expecting for a YA book. But it is a really good introduction to a different style for kids and adults can really dig into it as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This short fantasy story follows the adventures of two kids and their dog. Chris and Kate build a boat out of a log. They begin an exciting adventure of wanting to sail around the world. Leaving behind their home they embark upon the unknown. On their travels they meet an interesting king who has many namesTheir dog, Holly, tends to have misadventures but is a valued member of their little crew. While adapted to the preteen set, it has the same tone and stlye of the author's writings. Written in a flowery, poetic manner, I did find it a bit hard to follow. One can't deny though that this is a fantastical journey and their voyage is anything but ordinary. This story will have the reader contemplating deeply and philiosophically. As we read we watch Chris and Kate grow up get a ring side seats. This is an enchanting read for young and old alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pearl of the Seas, a fairy tale prequel to Black Inked Pearl by Ruth Finnegan is a beautiful novel with great characters. Readers meet two kids on an unusual adventure, building a ship using a log and sailing in the high seas with a dog that seems to go from mishap to another. This is a story written about two kids journey towards wisdom as they meet a mysterious elder who shares timeless wisdom to them, but it is also a tale for grownups, a courage about courage and self-discovery. Above all, this is a book about friendship. Ruth Finnegan's writing is seducing, crisp and beautiful. The story is written in a way that makes it hard to put down; there is suspense and conflict and the reader is very keen about what could happen to the characters. This book reminded me of a world I have left behind, a journey my heart has always yearned to make.