PAGES: 246 at 6x9 trade paperback trim
PUBLISHER: KDP and CreateSpace
Mina is a hundred-and-four-year-old woman in an eleven-year-old’s body. Despite all the years she has sailed as Captain of the Transcendent, she often feels like more of a passenger than a leader. Appointed with no shipboard experience, Mina is Captain only so that she can fulfill her mother’s secret wishes in faraway places.
Fed up with being sent from port to port to do morally questionable jobs, Mina decides it is time to distance herself from her powerful mother, even if it means losing eternal life. This proves to be a difficult task, because no matter how many evil deeds her mother does, a part of Mina still loves her. What makes the story truly interesting is the dynamic between these two women. Mina’s mother is not only powerful, corrupt and manipulative, she is also driven by a desperate sort of motherly love and will do anything to keep her eleven-year-old daughter young. Forever.
Set in the 19th century, The Captain’s Door has an intriguing mix of alternate history and fantasy. The geography is familiar, but the political boundaries and city names are different enough to make you think. At first this mix threw me off, but as the story went on I found myself enjoying the familiar-yet-original world that C. S. Houghton had created.
The day after I finished The Captain’s Door, I picked up my Kindle again, excited to continue reading. I was disappointed when I remembered that the book was already over. Although the story is not incomplete, there are plenty of directions in which it could continue, and the world begs for more exploration. I hope that C. S. Houghton has a sequel in mind.
If you’re looking for a short book that makes you think, and you aren’t daunted by shipboard terms like halyard and forecastle, The Captain’s Door is an adventure to put on your reading list. History buffs with an open mind, and fantasy fans who can stand to be grounded on earth, will find C. S. Houghton’s world intriguing. Although geared towards an adult audience, it would be a suitable read for mature young adults as well.
Buy it on Amazon
Find it on Goodreads
Like it on Facebook
Follow Craig on Twitter @cshoughton
Visit the the official website