Bloody Jack by L.A.Meyer

London.  1797.  The plague is hitting full force and Mary “Jacky” Faber can do nothing as her parents and her only sibling are soon counted among the dead.  Alone and penniless, eight year old Mary takes to the streets with a gang of orphans, doing her best to learn the way of the streets and how to survive.  When the leader of the orphans is killed, Mary once again finds herself alone and struggling to find her way.

When an idea strikes, Mary cuts her hair short, dresses in men’s clothes, changes her name to “Jack” Faber and finds her way to employment as a ships boy on the HMS Dolphin.  During the first battle with a pirates ship, her bravery saves the life of a fellow ship boy and earns her the nickname ‘Bloody Jack’. 

As time goes on and “Jack” learns the way of the sea… she also turns her eye to Jaimy, the boy she saved.  But what is a girl to do who is dressed as a boy, but so desperately wishes she could just be herself.  If anyone finds out her true identity, she will certainly be thrown overboard…

yet she can not keep this charade up forever. 

I have seen this series floating around for about a year now around the blogs.  My first peek of interest was the raving of this series on audio.  Good audio raving always peeks my interest.  But really – a whole series around a young girl on a ship?  Would I really find that interesting?  Would I?

But the blog buzz continued and time and again I seen this title come up and my curiosity grew…


I jumped on board.

(Get it?  A little ship humor…)

At first listen, Katherine Kellgren’s narration of a rough voiced orphan girl with a thick accident takes a little getting used to.  I honestly had to wonder if I would get into this…

It did not take long to change my mind.

Bloody Jack is an amazing story.  Mary “Jacky” Faber tells her take of life on the streets to life on this ship in humorous detail. 

“He’s got muscles like a horse and looks to have a brain to match”

With a variety of voices, narrator Katherine Kellgren covers everyone from the Irish sailor Liam, a Jamaican seaman, creepy and sinister Jacob Sloat as well as the other ship boys, including Jamey, the one who has stolen Mary’s heart – but he thinks she is just another ships boy. 

Before I was done with this audio I had already requested and received the next book in this series, as I wanted to know more about the adventures of Bloody Jack! 

Do not drag your feet like I did on this one, I highly recommend the audio version and sit back and enjoy a tale that I think will surprise you!

Amazon rating

Good Reads review

The 2011 WHERE Are You reading Map has been updated to include Bloody Jack




I borrowed this audio from our local library

14 thoughts on “Bloody Jack by L.A.Meyer

  1. I’ve only recently started to see this title around the blogging world but it seems like everyone is loving it. I’m going to see if I can find the audio at the library. Thanks for the review 🙂

    (P.S. hope your hand is doing better)

  2. I read this series first via print, but a good friend of mine recommended the audio and said she loves the narrator so much she’d name a child after Katherine. 🙂 So, I became addicted. I just finished The Wake of Lorelei Lee and cannot wait for October for the latest book to come out. 🙂 Glad you loved it!

  3. I LOVE Bloody Jack! I haven’t listened to any of the audio books, but I’m up-to-date on reading the series. I think they get better as they go–Meyer keeps spinning the story out, and sending Jacky into new and wilder adventures. So much fun–and I always have to keep reading to find out how Jacky will get out of her latest scrape!

  4. This is the first I am hearing of this one, but it does sound really good. I love the transformation to Jacky. Cute either way.

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