A swashbuckler set in the West Indies of the early 19th Century THE WITCH FROM THE SEA is a love story, a coming-of-age adventure and an eccentric comedy of manners about a woman who runs with the pirates to free herself from the conventional "rules" of gender, race and class. Tory Lightfoot, an orphan of mixed white and Mohawk blood, flees the stifling gentility of 1823 Boston for the freedom of the open sea. But the merchant ship on which she stows away is boarded by pirates off the coast of Cuba, and Tory is forced to join the pirate crew to save her life. Making herself useful as both log-keeper and spy, she begins to earn a measure of the independence she craves. But fate, fever and the relentless U. S. Navy West Indian Squadron close in, and Tory must risk her hard-won freedom to save the man she loves.
"THE WITCH FROM THE SEA is that rare creation, an historical romance with guts as well as glamour. Wild-spirited Tory is an irresistible character."
- Joan Druett, author and nautical historian (She-Captains; Hen Frigates)
"Jensen combines action and romance in this gritty and realistic portrait of life on the seas." - Booklist
"I highly recommend this book to any lover of historical fiction." - Historical Novel Society Review
"I am in love with this book. Full of romance and piracy and danger. The author writes with a deep respect for all people--white, black, Spanish--and a feminist voice. Grade: A+" -Reading Rocks YA Fiction Review site