Author David Healey recently released the first book in The Sea Lord Chronicles, a naval fiction series with a fantasy element written for the young adult market. First Voyage, is available in paperback worldwide.
When 14-year-old Alexander Hope is sent by his stingy uncle to become a junior officer in the Royal Navy, he has never seen the sea or been very far from the ramshackle manor house where he grew up. He’s also never seen a gryphon. There are high expectations for Alexander, whose famous ancestor was Sir Algernon Hope, a sea elemental who defeated the Spanish Armada and saved England from invasion.
England is once again fighting for survival, this time against the Emperor Napoleon. However, Alexander gets seasick before the ship H.M.S. Resolution leaves harbor and is highly embarrassed when he dives to the deck as a gryphon swoops overhead. He also finds himself at odds with an older boy who has the other junior officers bullied. Homesick and feeling out of place, he wishes he had never come aboard the ship.
Read More First Voyage (PB) – Historic Naval Fiction.