|Branded AnnCaptain “Branded Ann” Goddard is one of the most feared pirates of the 18th century–and she’s had to be, in order to survive the dangerous, male-dominated world of Caribbean piracy. Her infamous ruthlessness has recently led her to acquire her own ship, the Ice Queen, and ever since she has been in hot pursuit of a legendary treasure. The mission is a very personal one for Ann, and she refuses to let anything get in the way of accomplishing it.
Ann is well known for her skill with a cutlass, hair-trigger temper, and severe methods for keeping her crew under control. She has a proclivity for strong coffee and busty tavern girls. But her most well-reknowned feature is the mysterious cross-shaped scar on her face. Rumors abound as to its origin, all of them sinister and frightening; but the truth is, Ann is nowhere near as evil or heartless as she would have others believe…
|Violet WattsAt first glance, the newly-widowed Violet appears to be the consummate damsel in distress. She possesses a fragile, ethereal beauty that is both her greatest asset and her greatest liability, and she, too, is first and foremost a survivor. But where Ann uses fear and violence to gain power, Violet is an unapologetic seductress. Her beauty and sensuality are weapons, and she wields them as skillfully as Ann does her blade.
Violet fascinates the pirate crew, quoting Bible verses one moment and leading vulgar drinking songs the next. She is opportunistic, fearless and compassionate, and as the dark secrets of her past are revealed, so is the remarkable depth of her strength.
|Charlie PriceLittle Charlie dreams of growing up to be a pirate, just like her idol Branded Ann. Impetuous and naive, Charlie is the cause of innumerable troubles for Ann and her crew. She has a habit of making herself the center of attention wherever she goes, and it doesn’t seem to matter to her whether that attention is positive. Charlie is a sweet and cheerful tomboy, and she views even the worst situations as an epic adventure.|