Jim Morgan and the Pirates of the Black Skull (Jim Morgan #2)

Jim Morgan and the Pirates of the Black Skull (Jim Morgan #2) – James Matlack Raney

Kindle Edition | Released November 29, 2013| 342 pages

Soon, Jim is thrust into a deadly race against his father’s old enemies, Count Cromier and his son, Bartholomew. This time, he will face terrors beyond his imagination – pirate battles, hidden islands, sorcerers, and sea monsters. New foes and magic forces will tempt and test Jim. For there are terrible secrets he has yet to learn, secrets about his father, the Treasure of the Ocean, and his own incredible destiny… Adventure has a new name – Jim Morgan! – Amazon

My reading time has been quite limited and more focused on YA books than MG over the past year, so I thought it was time to get back into the genre. It was the cover of this book that first grabbed me with its promise of a pirate adventure, so I figured it was time to climb aboard.

Jim Morgan is a young lad who has had a troubled upbringing and finds himself the recipient of an inheritance. But it seems that not all inheritances are equal. This one comes with a lot of baggage. The biggest problem being the foes of his ancestors and the unfinished business of previous disputes.

It’s an underlying plot that’s familiar, and one that can work if it has enough point of difference. This one works fine. I found the characters endearing and that was the main aspect that kept me turning pages. The mix of Jim’s adventurous spirit, the intrigue of pirate folklore, and the legends that needed exploring are a great basis for a story. Much of the story is based on a mysterious island, which is almost impossible to find. But once he stumbles upon it, he finds it’s full of hidden dangers and hopefully the bounty he seeks.

Some parts of the book were better at capturing the ‘piraty’ feel more than others. And when that was the case, they were the parts I enjoyed most. There were times when I forgot we were pirates, like whenever Jim encountered a new magical creature. I’m not sure why, but sometimes it felt like I’d crossed into the realm of something like The Neverending Story.

Even with points mentioned above, I did enjoy this hearty tale. There’s nothing I encountered that really made me dislike the book. Jim Morgan and the Pirates of the Black Skull would make a worthwhile read for fans of pirates and magical creatures. It’s only as I write this review that I realize that this is book 2 in a series and I haven’t read book 1. I guess you could conclude that reading book 1 first isn’t essential to get into the story.

A fun read if you’re after an escape into the land of pirates. This tale moves along at a good pace and kept my attention. Recommended for MG fans of pirates and magical creatures.

Warning: Readers of this series will:
  • Travel through time. If you suffer from motion sickness, you may experience some uncomfortable symptoms.
  • If you currently suffer from boredom, you will experience un-boredom.
  • If you have a tendency to laugh-out-loud, you will annoy others.
  • If you like action and adventure, strap yourself in for the ride of your life
  • Please have a safe and comfortable place available for a rest once you have finished
  • If you are a chicken, then please move on.


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9 responses to “Jim Morgan and the Pirates of the Black Skull (Jim Morgan #2)”

  1. I know many kids who will dive right into a pirate story. They like the danger and excitement aspects. I have not heard of this series but will be looking for it. Thanks for featuring on MMGM.

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    1. Thanks for your visit Greg. It’s nice to be part of MMGM after such a long break.


  2. It’s been a few years since I read a novel that included pirates, but your stellar review captured my imagination and I am interested. Thank you for stopping by and sharing today!


    1. Thanks for visiting. It’s been a while for me too but this one sure did rekindle some piratey memories.


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    Welcome back to MMGM! This book sounds great—the combo of pirates and magic sounds like a neat one. Thanks for the great post!


    1. Thanks. Although I have been keeping an eye and visiting MMGM I thought it was about time to joined in 😀

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  4. Sometimes you just want to escape to a world of pirates! Thanks for the review…

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  5. This sounds like a fun book for those who like pirate stories. I’m not on that list, but I know some kids who will like this one. That is a terrific cover. Thanks for your thoughts.


    1. I agree, I think it was the cover that first caught my eye.


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