Review: “The Restitution” by M.L. Tyndall

It is necessary to have read volumes one and two in M.L. Tyndall’s Legacy of the King’s Pirates trilogy in order to fully follow the last volume in the trilogy.  However, The Restitution does bring out many new characters and new settings in a new storyline; it could be considered a solitary adventure by itself.  Furthermore, this volume is perhaps the best in the trilogy it belongs to.

Port Royal, the main port of Jamaica, in 1669 is now the home of Lady Isabel Ashton, who is the mother of Frederick, Captain Kent Carlton’s illegitimate son.  Her family and the “nobility” have refused to take her and her son under their support and protection because of Isabel’s “sullied” reputation, reducing them both to poverty.  As if the situation couldn’t get worse, Frederick is suddenly kidnapped by unknown enemy.  Isabel is then forced to gather all her strength, her faith in God, and her love for Frederick by enlisting the help of the man she despises.  Isabel and Kent start out as enemies; as the narrative shifts between Isabel’s and Kent’s outlooks, the reader can see one character is consumed by love and regret, the other by hatred and disdain.  Isabel’s desire for wealth, title, and position mislead her to trust nefarious men like Richard Sawkins, whose purpose on Kent’s ship (now re-named the “Restitution”) is only truly revealed when it is too late.

Nevertheless, Isabel’s opinions change during her itinerary after she learns more about Kent’s personal history and his reformation from villain to noble captain.  No longer spoiled and pretentious, Isabel keeps her intelligence, wits, and fiery courage in an effort to preserve her spirit and prevent her growing attraction to a pirate without title or position.  Kent has unquestionably transformed during the series from being a cold-hearted knave in The Redemption.  A talented and just captain, Kent’s sole motive now for helping Isabel is to earn her forgiveness.  No longer a wicked pirate, Kent has the makings of a hero who unselfishly loves the heroine and wants to gain her trust, a course of emotions that Tyndall builds gradually in accordance with her knowledge of piracy and seventeenth century history.  Along with more historical figures participating in The Restitution, the author also intensifies her use of romanticism and binds a love triangle into the story.

Unlike the critique of religion and law in The Redemption and the overlapping of fidelity and feminism in The Reliance, Tyndall considers the motives behind revenge and if there are any justifications for vengeance.  The lead characters find their faith in God and each other; wealth and power are put aside for true love and happiness.  More sea battles, betrayal, disguised stowaways, and varied surprises lie in this moving, fluid novel; love of the soul, forgiveness, and disregard for physical appearances are compared with deceptive good looks and the timeless question of why bad things happen to good people.  Tyndall certainly completes her Legacy of the King’s Pirates trilogy in The Restitution with its pirates and its themes of mutual love and faith in God.

Original review: Part 3: This trilogy is better than the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film trilogy,


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