King of the Vagabonds: The Baroque Cycle #2
A chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe -- London street urchin-turned-legendary swashbuckling adventurer -- risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox. . . and Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent a contentious continent through the newborn power of finance.
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Review: King of the Vagabonds (The Baroque Cycle (8 volume) #2)User Review - Joe Labriola - Goodreads
While not quite as exquisitely written as its predecessor, Quicksilver, book two of Neal Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle, King of the Vagabonds, is much more adventuresome - a candid and Candidesque ... Read full review
Review: King of the Vagabonds (The Baroque Cycle (8 volume) #2)User Review - Jonathan - Goodreads
Feels a bit more real than its predecessor as it doesn't almost entirely focus on academics or the elite. Read full review