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Pathfinder Tales: Pirate's Honor

****½ (based on 15 ratings)
Pathfinder Tales: Pirate's Honor
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By Chris A. Jackson

A pirate captain of the Inner Sea, Torius Vin makes a living raiding wealthy merchant ships with his crew of loyal buccaneers. Few things matter more to Captain Torius than ill-gotten gold—but one of those is Celeste, his beautiful snake-bodied navigator. When a crafty courtesan offers the pirate crew a chance at the heist of a lifetime, it’s time for both man and naga to hoist the black flag and lead the Stargazer’s crew to fame and fortune. But will stealing the legendary Star of Thumen chart the corsairs a course to untold riches—or send them all to a watery grave?

From award-winning author Chris A. Jackson comes a fantastical new adventure of high-seas combat and romance set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

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464-page mass market paperback

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-523-5
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-524-2

Pirate's Honor is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. Its Chronicle Sheet is available as a free download (397 KB zip/PDF).

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Pirate's Delight

***( )( )

If you love pirate adventures on the the high seas, this is the book for you. If you don't care for sea reaver stories though, it doesn't have a lot to offer.

Love, Revenge, and Other Drugs


I was a bit hesitant about getting a Pirate themed novel but passing by Chris' booth at Dragoncon I couldn't resist and ending up getting it (Which now I attribute to his Stupid Pirate Charm and dashing good looks *flails fists*). I do not regret that decision, this story is all kinds of awesome. The relationship and how it changes, evolves, and matures between Torius and Celeste is beautifully well written, I seriously felt warm and fuzzy at parts reading how they interacted. I'd actually say it's them and their relationship that is the main story, with the revenge and pirating an aside, not to say that those parts arn't well written or not any good, the relationship between the two main characters and how the events and revelations of the other plots and stories affect them and how they overcome is JUST THAT GOOD.

Highly recommended.

Best Pathfinder Tale Available


Absolute, 100% best Pathfinder Tale you can buy. Great use of the setting, well written characters, and great action and plot. Started reading it and 400 ish pages and hours later, I was done and wanted a sequel.

If no sequel presents itself, we will riot in the streets! :P

Or just read Scimitar Moon. Which I plan on doing as soon as possible.

My favourite so far


This has been my favourite Pathfinder Tale to date - and I've read all of them bar two.

Jackson has a written a piratical/nautical/revenge/heist novel. Torius Vin, swashbuckler and captain has been tricked by one of his former victims, and is determined to take revenge. But when that revenge involves his naga lover pretending to fall for the mark, things start to get messy...

I was really impressed with how much tension Jackson got out of this narrative - and it wasn't from the physical struggle, but the internal emotional danger his characters were in. I was genuinely excited and ripping through pages as fast as I could.

It is, ironically, a ballsy writer that makes the lynchpin of his RPG novel a romance, but Jackson does so, and he does it so effectively the book gets more mileage out of its central romance than any of the derring-do amongst the rigging.

Not that the derring lacks do, far from it. Pirate's Honor has some great show-stopper scenes that call to mind Captain Blood and the like. Jackson's experience on actual boats is clear and his prose is comfortable and confident on the high seas.

His characterisation is equally assured, which is critical due to the nature of the story. I really loved reading a sword-and-sorcery novel where the writer isn't afraid to invest so much time and plot into the characters and their feelings. I thought it worked brilliantly, and is a real sign of maturity in a genre that often lacks it.

I'm very keen for a sequel to this one.

Meh. Just OK

***( )( )

The story gets kudos for interesting characters with complex personalities but is plagued by the logistics of betrayal-based storytelling. I got tired of the triple and quadruple-crossings, and because they are integral to the story arc, I got disinterested rather quickly. The motivation for some plot turns seemed... forced or railroaded, also.

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