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The Isle of Gold

(Daughters Jones Trilogy #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Mystery, Myth & Magic Meet in an Epic Adventure of Two Women Lost at Sea—
and the Secret that Binds Them Together


The year is 1716—the Golden Age of Pirates. An orphan who sleeps in the dusty kitchens of a quayside brothel, Merrin Smith is desperate to unravel the
Paperback, 239 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Black Spot Books
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Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Goodnight Mermaid Tavern was "teeming with raucous sailors and their purchased women". Captain Erik Winters and crew of his pirate ship "Riptide" are readying their vessel to sail from the tropical Caribbean island of Isla Perla. The year is 1716. The crew consists of men united by a desire for treasure and love of the sea. Captain Winters and crew will sail in search of Winters' lost love, Evangeline, arguably stolen by the gods of the sea.

The Goodnight Mermaid Tavern once belonged to Evang
Dannii Elle
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This pirate story drew on oceanic history, legend, and lore in equal measure and I was hooked from the very first words:

For as long as men have set sail, they have told stories about the sea - of its women, of its treasures, of its beasts, of her.

She's been given many names by the sailors who have traveled her waters. Calypso. Amphitrite. Ursula. Melusine. A goddess, a queen, a witch, a daughter. In all of these she is the sea, and the sea is a cruel mistress.


I will say that this conclude
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
“An orphan left behind like waste on an island. Who cares that I am not a man when the ship is about to be swallowed by the ocean?”

1716, Isla Perla in the Caribbean is a bustling place for merchants, traders, seafarers & explorers. It is the place where myths and tales of those born at sea are told, spread and learned to be feared. One of those is the legend born of the rumors of a love affair between Mistress Evangeline Dahl and Captain Winter. Her disappearance swept the shores of Isla Perla t
J.K. Grice
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
For me, the reading of THE ISLE OF GOLD was bittersweet and it is hard for me to actually rate it. I fell in love with the gorgeous cover and the premise sounded very intriguing, so I didn't hesitate in ordering a paperback copy. I very much liked the character of Merrin Smith and her quest to set sail from Isla Pearla as a member of the RIPTIDE'S crew, hoping to discover her identity and her history. Jane's writing was captivating, and the other characters she created were very compelling. The ...more
The Nerd Daily
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Portia Brown

Seven Jane’s novel The Isle of Gold draws on oceanic mythology, folklore, and mystery. Original pirate stories are hard to find but this book manages to bring an original take. Brilliantly researched and crafted, The Isle of Gold brings the pirates and era to life.

Pirate stories have always been favourites of mine because of the action, adventure, and swoon-worthy romance, and this book did not disappoint.

The Isle of Gold is about an
Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

1716, Merrin Smith is an orphan desperate to unravel the secrets of her past. Disguised as a sailor, she joins the crew of a pirate ship helmed by the tenacious (and rumored a madman) Captain Erik Winters. They will sail for the island of Bracile, a place hidden between air and sea that exists only for a moment every two years, and which has never returned any man who has sailed for its shores. Since Merrin can read, she becomes t
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review below. Review plus cocktail at The Tome & Tankard Inn.

The Isle of Gold is a delightful, well researched and evocative historical fantasy that succeeds in bringing a fascinating era to life. I absolutely adore pirate based fantasy so you’ll have to excuse me if I fangirl about this one a bit. It’s very much my jam. 🙂

We open with our main character, Merrin Smith, and her closest friend Claudette – Merrin is (for want of a better word) absolutely shitfaced drunk and about to do somethin
☙ nemo ❧
gods above, this was dire.

the first half of the book was such tell-not-show - at one point merrin goes "most of the crew liked me" and i'm like okay, why? "except from this one man" WHY? "i loved tom" WHYYYYYYYYY??? it's just a dispassionate recounting of what happened, without actually showing us any interactions.

merrin's reason for setting off to find evangeline was weak as hell. of course, there was an Ex Machina that made everything make sense, and oh, merrin's special, what a fucking surpr
Jennifer (bunnyreads)
If you ever wished they had made a smaller more intimate indie style version of The Pirates of the Caribbean movies, with loads of atmosphere and narrated it with a quiet compelling character that stuck with you long after, then your wait is over.

Merrin (disguised as a boy), joins Captain Erik Winters crew as he sets out to search for his lost love The Mistress Evangeline, of whom he plans to steal back from the Gods of the Sea.

Merrin has spent her life on the Isla Perla, admiring Evangeline fr
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
One of my not-so-guilty literary pleasures is devouring books that feature pirates. I’ve been fascinated by them since I first watched Peter Pan and The Goonies, and have since then always kept an eye out for books which featured — no matter how shortly — pirates. I’ve read everything from YA to romance to historical novels, and the one thing they all have in common is how FUN they are. They’re all punctuated by adventure and moral ambiguity and fast paced action, and this book was so different. ...more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Orphan Merrin Smith was brought to the Carribean island Isla Perla as a small child.  She's slept in the local brothel and been raised by its occupants since that time but now she's ready to set sail for answers to her past.

Disguised as a man, she visits the Goodnight Mermaid Tavern and joins the crew of the pirate ship Riptide.  Led by the legendary Captain Erik Winters, the ship is headed to the mythical island Bracile (also called Ogygia and said to appear only once every two years) to search
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, we need to talk about the elephant in the room. How has no one mentioned yet that this book is essentially the plots of the first two Pirates of the Caribbean movies but with a Will Turner/Elizabeth Swan mashup character?

Let's compare.

Pirates of the Caribbean: An orphan with a mysterious piece of treasure is recovered by a sea captain and brought to an island where he scrapes out a living. Struggling again
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


The first aspect of this book that stood out to me was the prose. Isle of Gold has a beautifully rich and descriptive prose that gives both the setting and tone of the book so much life. We get lush descriptions of appearances and settings, especially of the ship and her crew through for the majority of the story. Through the writing, we get a very good sense of how Merrin feels at all times, especially because this is a ver
Personally, I’m not into books about pirates. However, the year of 1716 and the Golden Age of Pirates somehow attracted me as I wanted to familiarize myself with that period of piracy.

The main character is very engaging. However, I couldn’t get into the storyline of the pirates.

I gave up after 25%.

I’m not the right person to review this book. Therefore, I don’t want to rate it.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
THE ISLE OF GOLD is a story of swashbuckling pirates, danger on the high seas, old pirate tales, sacrificing for love, and the curse of Davey Jones. Pirate fans will find much to love about this tale, particularly the mix of pirate lore, fantasy, adventure, and romance.

I wasn't sure, as this story began, how I felt about it and the characters. Merrin is very timid in the beginning. However, I enjoyed seeing how she grows and changes as the tale unfolds, especially as she comes into her own in th
The Isle of Gold (Black Spot Books) is Seven Jane’s debut novel, but you would assume she was a practiced author with the intricate tale she spins. In 1716, the Golden Age of the Pirates, she takes readers on a fantastical voyage following Merrin Smith, who manages to smuggle herself onto a pirate ship bound for gold and adventure. While most of the Riptide crew is hunting fortune, Merrin seeks something far more valuable for herself, answers to her mysterious past.

As an orphan who knows nothing
Sheela Kean
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazingly fun pirate Adventure filled with Legends, folklore and mystery. The world and characters are both so rich that you fall in love easily, a quick read you definitely won't want to put down. I was beyond excited after finishing this to discover the author is writing more to the series because let me tell you I did not want it to stop.
Just A Hufflepuff Reading
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, netgalley-arcs

Y’all are SLEEPINNNG on this right now. This is an AMAZING fun, fast paced bad ass pirate story with mythology all wrapped in!

I absolutely fucking loved this! From the very first page I was in awe of how fast and fun this was.

From the very first page you are thrust into a fast paced story of an orphan girl, Merrin, who is disguised as a boy and trying to gain passage on the most ruthless pirate ship in the seas, under Captain Erik Winters.
Erik Win
Nicki Markus
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Isle of Gold was an interesting read--one about which I am still pondering as I pen this review. There was a lot to like about it, with pirates and adventure blending with fantasy and mythology. I appreciated the character of Merrin. However, I struggled to feel the connection between her and Tom, which seemed purely physical lust rather than love. To me, the person of greatest interest was Captain Winters, and I would have enjoyed the opportunity to get to know him a little more. I liked th ...more
Dani Winland
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical fiction and mythology lovers
Recommended to Dani by: NetGalley
When I first was notified by NetGalley that Black Spot Books had granted me permission to read The Isle of Gold I was ecstatic! The cover and synopsis of this book pulled me in right away, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! I was also incredibly bummed because I had several other book review deadlines that I had already been given from other entities, that I had to put this one on hold for a while.

Finally, my reading schedule slowed down (however, only by a smidge!) enough that I finally
Annette Jordan
Historical YA adventures with pirates? I'm in, and that glorious cover is just the icing on the cake.
The Isle of Gold by Seven Jane is the story of a young orphan girl, Merrin Smith who disguises herself as a boy and takes to the sea on a pirate ship in search of answers to the mystery of her family and how she ended up on the Caribbean island where she grew up. Sailing on the Riptide under the mercurial Captain Winters, she finds herself on a quest to find the mysterious and magical island of
Felicia Allen
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finally, a pirate novel that I absolutely loved! Marrin Smith disguises herself and boards a ship looking for Evangeline. Merrin discovers that she is not an orphan and that her parents are things of pirates tales. This journey full of twists and turns was unique and amazing. Recommended for fans for Pirates of the Carribean.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok, this book may not be for everyone. I totally enjoyed this book. I even took my time to savor this story. It was a delight to read a very different novel for once. History (think of 1700s), missing woman, mad man captain, mythology, girl disguised as a lad, a beautiful ship with at least 5 masts, Caribbean sea, islands, and mystery does this gal's heart good. Love how the author tied in the story with the title. Her prose is so beautiful causing me to absorb them gently and carefully. This is ...more
Jul 28, 2018 marked it as dnf
Review copy provided by Netgalley.

I'm afraid the writing in this book just did not work for me. Within the first couple of chapters I noticed a few clichés that were completely jarring. For example, at one point the narration says "and so it was to be a pirate's life for me". These kind of sayings don't make sense within the world of the story and so hindered my ability to be immersed whenever they appeared. There were also many uncomfortable similarities between this and Pirates of the Caribbea
Review originally from EmpirestateBookshelf

This was a book that had a lot of potential, and could have been a really, really good story. It had a unique plot, a main protagonist that I could actually get behind, and all the makings of my Next Favorite Book. There were just too many words that got in the way, unfortunately. 

Merrin Smith, an orphan, has never felt like she belonged anywhere. However, she has always felt a strange connection to Evangeline Dahl, the proprietress of the Goodnight Mer
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Isle of Gold tells the tale of Merrin Smith: orphan and adventure seeker. She was brought to Isla Perla as a young child and raised in brothel where she harboured dreams of the sea. Following her dreams, she signs on as crew of the "Riptide" and begins a journey to the mythical island Bracile in order to save the love of her Captain Winters..but fate has other plans for our young heroine.

One part seafarer tale, one part mythology and plenty of magic, this young adult adventure was without a
Linda (My Reading Chronicles)
*I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review*

First of all I loved the cover. I thought it was fitting for the subject matter. The idea for this book was really, really good. However, the execution could have been better. It was very difficult to get into the book during the first 30%. It wasn't bad but it was overly descriptive. The writing was actually really good. The thing that bothered me the most was that in between the dialogue there was so much being described that I wo
Cassondra Windwalker
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you'd asked me before I picked up this book, I'd have told you emphatically that I put away pirates as protagonists around age ten, when I decided that murderers, rapists, and thieves weren't really all that. But Isle of Gold is no typical pirate tale, with no typical protagonists. Beautifully drawn characters, a thoroughly magical world somehow seated in our own geography, and a delightful voice drew me back on board before I knew what had happened. Seven Jane draws on all the stereotypes an ...more
Sam Hooker
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic story from beginning to end. Engaging characters, rich writing style, and a plot that unfolds one tantalizing bit at a time. A satisfying escape into the romance of high seas piracy.
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
The Isle of Gold by Seven Jane is equal parts fantasy, adventure, legend, and lore. I was drawn into the hauntingly beautiful tale of Merrin Smith as she set sail on the Riptide in search of discovering herself and her past. The gorgeous descriptions made me feel like part of the Crew. This tale of pirates and treasure is much more than it appears. It is a tale of love and loss, heartbreak and torment, commitment and determination. I was blown away by the layers of this tidal wave of a story. IO ...more
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Seven Jane is a bestselling and award-winning author of dark fantasy and speculative fiction. Her debut novel, The Isle of Gold, was published by Black Spot Books in October 2018. She is a member of the Havenwood Falls collective. Currently, Seven is collaborating as the lead author on a franchise project with a top veteran Hollywood director and an award-winning screenwriter.

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