Historic Naval Fiction is pleased to have obtained an Interview with David Healey whose new novel in the The Sea Lord Chronicles series, First Voyage, was recently released.
What can you tell us about First Voyage, without spoiling the plot for readers?
I imagined this book as a sea adventure story for boys, and so the focus is on Alexander Hope, a young teenager who finds himself on a Royal Navy frigate. He quickly makes friends—and enemies—as he tries to find his place and make himself useful in this unique world that is life aboard a frigate. This is something of an alternate reality in that in this world there is an aerial corps of gryphon flyers and some remnants of magic. Now imagine that Alexander discovers he has inherited some of this magical ability from his ancestor who defeated the Spanish Armada two centuries before. Suddenly Alexander isn’t so ordinary anymore, and a great number of people will want to use him for their own devices.