Intrigued by a college student studying English and American Studies who has recently written her first novel, I knew I wanted to read Colleen Caitin’s Leeway.
The story revolves around Captain Lian, a pirate with dreamy green eyes, and Princess Mila, the youngest and often ignored daughter of King Aaron IV of Platgo. When the two meet by chance, both learn appearances and preconceived notions are not always what they seem to be.
Told from the alternating point of views of the two protagonists, initially the novel has a slow, nearly repetitive start with both Mila and Lian’s telling, but quickly picks up momentum and complexity as the pages are turned with elements of the deep sea supernatural and the unfolding of less than ideal childhoods. In fact, the end of this breakthrough fiction leaves me wanting to read more.
As always, the English teacher within longs for a more thorough editing throughout of this work. Quotation mark errors and wrong word errors such as “Her eyelids flatter. . .” (7) which should read “flutter” and “. . . now wears a red west instead of a black one” (62) which should read “vest” do make my skin crawl. In addition, “overboard” is one word, not two.
Nevertheless, an ambitious piece of literature for an aspiring young author, and one whose body of work, I hope, continues to grow.
If you would like to read more about author Colleen Caitin, read through her author interview here.