On Stranger Tides

On Stranger Tides

Illustration By James Gurney

Dust jacket by James Gurney

"Join us," said the pirate captain Philip Davies, "wholly adopt our goals as your own, or be killed right now where you stand."

Puppeteer John Chandagnac, who was sailing to Jamaica to get revenge on the uncle who had stolen his father's inheritance, has no choice but to join the buccaneers who have taken him prisoner--and soon, known now as the pirate Jack Shandy, he finds himself learning to survive in a treacherous new world of cutlass-fights, sea-battles, and voodoo magic on sun-blinded tropical islands. The legendary Blackbeard is assembling a ruthless navy of pirates living and undead to voyage to the fabled Fountain of Youth, and Jack Shandy must use magic, swordsmanship, and even his puppeteer skills to free himself and the girl he has fallen in love with from Blackbeard's deadly supernatural domination.

The Subterranean Press edition of On Stranger Tides will be available in three unique editions:

Trade: fully cloth bound hardcover
Limited: 250 signed numbered hardcovers, bound in a premium cloth and a different dust jacket design, with an exclusive portfolio section of piratical illustrations by Powers, as well as previously unpublished sketches by James Gurney.
Lettered: 26 copies, bound in cloth and housed in a custom traycase, with one additional illustration not in the Limited

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):
"This dark fantasy tale will appeal not just to pirate fans but also to anyone who appreciates Powers's talent for blending the most unlikely elements into a brilliantly cohesive whole."

From Kage Baker, in Green Man Review:
"The intricacies of handling a sailing ship are carefully and accurately represented, clearly well-researched. The supernatural elements in the story work exceptionally well. Powers is brilliant at describing consistent, plausible systems of magic, and pays close attention to folklore. As with any of his books, the pages are crammed with neat concepts, dazzling invention, secret history, exotic locales. It's no wonder this book is a modern classic: after all, Powers revived and reinvented a genre defunct since Sabatini's day."

James Gurney
Tim Powers
326 pages
United States
Out of Print