I was introduced to this series by a huge fan who bought and read all 12 books in the series before getting me my own copy. I enjoyed the story tremendously and I am on to the second book immediately.
The main character, Mary “Jacky” Faber, is perfectly written. An orphan growing up on the streets of London, she is street-smart and naive simultaneously. She catches a lucky break in her miserable existence and gets aboard a Naval ship, where the adventure really begins.
Between an engaging story, solid writing, and wonderful supporting characters, I have to rate this a solid 5 stars and recommend it highly.