Kai Meyer – Pirate Curse (The Wave Walkers Trilogy #1)/ Die Wellenläufer

Die Wellenläufer

© Loewe Verlag

published: 2006
publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Loewe Verlag (German)
pages: 320


The Pirates of the Caribbean have a name for kids who walk on water — they call them polliwogs. As far as fourteen-year-old Jolly knows, she’s the last polliwog still alive — and this special talent makes her invaluable to the pirate captain who raised her.
When someone sets a trap for Jolly’s ship, she alone escapes. Washed up on a tiny island, she meets Munk, who has been raised in hiding. Munk longs to go to sea, but his parents are afraid of pirates. They have forbidden Munk to reveal his true identity — he, too, is a polliwog.
But pirates are not the only threat in the Caribbean. Evil forces are stirring, and a demon from the sea attacks and murders Munk’s parents. Was the demon really after Munk? And Jolly, too? Why are the polliwogs so valuable, and who’s willing to kill to possess them?
Jolly and Munk must sail with a strange crew of outcasts, led by the mysterious Ghost Trader, to avenge their loved ones and try to stop an ancient, malevolent force known as the Maelstrom. What it will cost both teens, no one can tell — in this thrilling fantasy from the extraordinary Kai Meyer. (Goodreads)

In (Very) Short:

+ wonderful middle grade adventure book with pirates
+ kids who can walk on water
+ fast-paced, thrilling and a fantastic story world

My Opinion:

This wonderful adventure story is not only a good read for the middle grade reading group but was very entertaining for this old person 🙂

I listened to this novel as an audiobook and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Kai Meyer is one of Germanys successful fantasy authors, who has also dabbled in other genres, yet I really love his childrens’ books.

Jolly and her friend Munk are the last two children who can walk on water – called polliwogs. Though Jolly grew up on a pirate ship – she has to escape that ship once it was attacked by poisonous spiders. So, when she met Munk, they not only discover that they are both polliwogs, but that the oceans and the sea is slowly starting to change and monstrous creatures start to appear. Evil forces are stirring and are hunting the two kids. In order to survive, avenge their loved ones, and safe the world, Jolly and Munk travel to a strange place with a quite a strange crew.

The novel is fast-paced and the explanations of the world are incorporated into the story without taking the tempo out of the narration. Yet they satisfied curiosities. I enjoyed the characters and their development though I did not always understand their occasional blindness. Munk was a little annoying at times, but since he spend his entire life on an island by himself, I could understand him. The mixture of strange outcasts – who else is accompanied by a pitbull-man – was wonderfully eccentric and fun to read. All together I could not stop the audiobook and quickly continued with the next installments.

Bottom Line:

A fast-paced adventure pirate novel – what is not to love.


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