“Ship of Spies: The Sea Lord Chronicles” continues the adventures of Alexander Hope, an ensign in the Royal Navy during an alternative history of the Napoleonic Wars in the Age of Sail.
Three weeks after Alexander single-handedly sinks three attacking Napoleonist ships, he awakens in a strange room to find that an assassin is about to stab him. He narrowly escapes by gryphon to the vast estate of his friend Lord Parkington. Together, the boys return to HMS Resolution, but Alexander does not get a warm welcome. Instead, the crew and even some of the officers are suspicious and jealous of his new powers as an elemental who can command the sea.
Instead of resuming his duties as a Royal Navy ensign, Alexander is assigned to find the thief who stole something mysterious from an American diplomat aboard the ship. He finds himself dodging more assassins, storms, lies and spies in a mission every bit as dangerous as what he encountered in “First Voyage.” A climactic battle with a Napoleonist ship that seems just as interested in the diplomat’s mission as the thief aboard HMS Resolution will test all of Alexander’s abilities and bring him to the attention of a dangerous new enemy.