The Wicked Bargain

The Wicked Bargain
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February 28, 2023
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El Diablo is in the details in this Latinx pirate fantasy starring a transmasculine nonbinary teen with a mission of revenge, redemption, and revolution.

On Mar León de la Rosa's sixteenth birthday, el Diablo comes calling. Mar is a transmasculine nonbinary teen pirate hiding a magical ability to manipulate fire and ice. But their magic isn't enough to reverse a wicked bargain made by their father, and now el Diablo has come to collect his payment: the soul of Mar's father and the entire crew of their ship. 

When Mar is miraculously rescued by the sole remaining pirate crew in the Caribbean, el Diablo returns to give them a choice: give up their soul to save their father by the harvest moon, or never see him again. The task is impossible--Mar refuses to make a bargain, and there's no way their magic is a match for el Diablo. Then Mar finds the most unlikely allies: Bas, an infuriatingly arrogant and handsome pirate--and the captain's son; and Dami, a gender-fluid demonio whose motives are never quite clear. For the first time in their life, Mar may have the courage to use their magic. It could be their only redemption--or it could mean certain death.

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What I liked:
LGBTQIA+ representation by an author who identifies this way makes for a compelling fantasy story centered around Latinx pirate history. We have a pirate adventure with characters who don't pretend to be things they are not and are true to who they are. The basic plot goes as we have young Mar, whose dad essentially made a deal with the devil, and that devil comes to collect—throwing Mar off into the sea and off on a quest to try and save him. Mar's mission will involve revenge, redemption, and eventually revolution.
Final Verdict:
The Wicked Bargain is an immersive, vibrant adventure with swashbuckling, secrets, and deals with a devil. If you're looking for a Caribbean experience with a diverse cast, romantic tension, and heart-warming found family pick up The Wicked Bargain today.
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