Today, September 19th, was Talk Like a Pirate Day, so I thought today would be the perfect day to read Sea Queens. I was right -- I love it when that happens.
Sea Queens is wonderfully well-researched, but it does not read like a textbook. Actually, if textbooks read like this, I would have been far more interested in history when I was in school. It reads like a well-told tale that happens to be factual. I devoured it quickly, I learned quite a bit, and I will be re-reading it over the years.
The illustrations are not necessary -- this book would still be interesting and accessible without them -- but they do add a layer of intrigue. The woodblock style artwork is a perfect choice for the subject matter.