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The Butcher's Daughter

(The Queen’s Privateer #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  19 reviews
In an age ruled by iron men, in a world of new discovery and Spanish gold, a young Irishwoman named Mary rises from the ashes of her broken childhood with ships and men-at-arms under her command. She and her loyal crew prowl the Caribbean and prosper in the New World for a time until the ugly past Mary has fled from in the old one finds her.

Across the great ocean to the ea
ebook, 388 pages
Published September 20th 2017 by Mark McMillin (first published August 15th 2015)
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Toni Osborne
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Queen’s Privateer #1


Based on true historical events, this is an epic story and a swashbuckling adventure of a young girl who grew up to be an influential 16th century seafarer. This tale is filled with gripping scene of murder, sea battles, sex, piracy, treasure galore and a lot of pirate lingo.

“Avast Ye”

This story is certainly an attention grabber. It starts with Mary, the heroine, discussing her father’s murder then the narration moves along for more than half the book recounting
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow-- what a sweeping epic of adventure on the high seas. I loved the Irish heroine and her motley band of men and this book has it all; revenge, murder, sex, adventure, pirating and buccaneering, exploration and treasure. The subtitle refers to the Old and New Worlds and it's hard to say which was more exciting--learning about the New World as it was being settled or chasing own the Spanish Armada at the end of the book. McMillin is obviously a scrupulously researched historian and a master sto ...more
Jul 14, 2016 added it
Shelves: dnf, historical
I received a review copy of this book but the poor formatting in said copy (apparently a second edition!) was annoying and offputting. That's not the only reason I have no intention of finishing it. The writing was sophomoric (but some potential there if a strong editorial hand was supporting it) and I frankly am just kinda done with male authors who think opening with a young girl (or woman) getting raped is the makings of good lit. Maybe it's based on history, but when I'm thrust into the stor ...more
Clare O'Beara
The copy sent to me is very hard to read because on every page I get the like of:
He put his large, beefy hands on my shoulders and moved them 38 The Butcher's Daughter down over my sleeves
as well as;
boat in tow I saw. What does that 39 M.McMillin second boat carry
ost deep in thought, her majesty stood and began pacing around my cell. It was best during these moments of L reflection

I was not enjoying it so did not want to keep making the effort. But it is possible that the copy someone else down
Aimee Ann
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Butcher’s Daughter is a charming, thrilling novel that has made me fall in love with historical fiction all over again. This incredible novel enchanted me both with its beautiful, descriptive literature as well as the incredible characters we encounter along the way. The Butchers Daughter is a read that will keep you engrossed enthralled and enchanted until the very last page. This book was so phenomenal and addictive that I found it unputdownable…in other words I was impatient as I moved to ...more
N.W. Moors
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Butcher's Daughter is based on a true story, the life of an Irish pirate queen in the Elizabethan era. The story is told in the first person from Mary's point of view, which gives a unique perspective on a pirate's life. Mary has her own set of rules that the crew must follow also, but she is not adverse to spilling blood when necessary.
Much of the tale is Mary telling her story to Queen Elizabeth while imprisoned in the Tower with Sir William Cecil taking notes in the background. There are
Melissa Levine
Sep 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this tale but found it a bit too long, particularly the first part of the story. It was developed nicely and there was generally a good flow but did drag a bit in a couple of places. Worth the read if you love seafaring stories with a difference.

My version of the e-book did have some minor grammatical (mostly word choice) errors, not sure if that was the fault of the author, editor or of the person who put it into the e- version but it did not interfere too much with my overall enjoym
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an exciting adventure with some very compelling characters, brought to life through the brilliant narration by Elizabeth Klett. Her performance enhances the story considerably. I can't attest to the historical accuracy, but the history seems sufficiently researched to make the story believable.

Note: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Leigh Ann
I received an audiobook version of The Butcher’s Daughter in exchange for my honest review.

There are many points in the novel where I found myself getting caught up in the action, but there are also many places that I found were bogged down in details of cannons and military equipment.

Mary, who is loosely based on Grace O’Malley and other privateers, is a fair narrator.
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book, the characters were great and I really enjoyed the plot. I look forward to seeing more from the author in the future.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Audiobook Accomplice (Gillian)
Almost like two separate books - preferred the second one m’self - but has you wondering: Okay, WHEN is the sequel coming out?
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Cindy Vallar
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
At the age of twelve, Mary witnesses her father’s murder and is then raped by the perpetrators, whom she kills. Thus begins the tale “Lady” Mary weaves to Queen Elizabeth while imprisoned in the Tower of London on charges of piracy. Young Mary spends the next few years under the tutelage of a smuggler, where she becomes adept at this trade and falls in love with ships and the sea. A bequest gains her sufficient funds to purchase her own vessel, and she becomes a successful smuggler in her own ri ...more
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I must admit that I know little of ships or life at sea, so I’m not sure how accurate this is described in The Butcher’s Daughter, but it does sound pretty realistic.In any case, this is an entertaining read that offers a strong plot and remarkable characters.

Mary, our main character, is captain of her very own ship, prowling the Caribbean, prospering in the New World. But when the past catches up with her, and Queen
Lillian Cummings
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a strong female character, Mary is strong fierce yet very fair to others. She hates a liar, murderer and anyone that has hurt others for fun or money.
Mary is a ship captain, she is a pirate that has a couple of ships and she & her men go out and survive the only way they know how, look after each other.
Mary has grown into a strong woman and I know that her father would have been proud, she was able to avenge her father's death and move forward with her life with the help of some great men.
Helen Hollick
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review:
'a gritty tale not for the faint of heart. It takes place in the years before, during, and after the sailing of the Spanish Armada. McMillan pulls no punches here, and in spite of the violent world in which Mary lives, she possesses a moral compass that draws readers in and never releases them. The story ebbs and flows like the tide with high periods of tension and peaceful interludes where readers can regain their breath. '

Helen Hollick
Aug 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.
This was an interesting book to read. It had a strong female character as the heroine.I loved the idea of a female pirate. There is betrayal, revenge, fighting, and romance all present. I was a bit confused as to the ending. I guess you can make your own conclusions as to what exactly happened. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys historical or pirate stories.
Jennifer Baysinger
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
While the book was great, there were some things that were left unclear; espically towards the end. I didn't like the end, I felt she should have lived on with her 'Hunter' and her crew retired. Overall it was a good read, just needed something extra.
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Mark is a corporate lawyer by day and enjoys writing in his spare time. He presently lives in the Atlanta, GA area.

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