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Pathfinder Tales: Pirate's Honor

****½ (based on 13 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.

464-page mass market paperback

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-523-5

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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.


Completely Worth Reading

*****

This is one of the best Pathfinder Tales novels I have ever read.
If you have liked the movie Ocean's 11 then you'll absolutely love this book. But there's more to it than planning a huge heist. There is a great amount of romance and trouble.
Plus the characters are VERY memorable and you grow into loving the whole Stargazer crew.
This is a must read and I guarantee it!


Adventuring, treasure hunting, sword fighting, betrayal, love, and more

*****

I really enjoyed first that the book had strong female characters that were equal to the men, representing the hero and the foe in the novel. Second, I was surprised how versatile the book was in the direction it went. I had prepared myself for a straight up adventuring book but this novel offered so much more.

Celeste, the navigator of a pirate ship, struggles with the basic human emotion involved in her relationship with the Captain, Torius Vin, although she herself is not human. Emotions such as love, trust, deception, betrayal, and humility come into play on more then one occasion.

Torius Vin, a captain you'll quickly relate with and be routing for, has a little more than honor as he protects his crew like family. After being betrayed by his first mate he must find another one not to mention another job to pay the crew and more. but Vin is after all human and well, a man, so certain distractions and challenges arise that keep you wondering what will happen next.

Verva, a crafty courtesan will have you ready to jump into a cold shower. The woman is hot and a seductress like no other. 50 shades of Verva anyone? Any scene with her in it is definitely worth the read! She was easily one of my favorite characters in the book.

Speaking of favorites, Snick a gnome is another character who had me giggling and shaking my head as I read her interactions. She provides just enough chaotic excitement and sarcasm that any adventuring party needs.

The half orc bosun lives up to his name in every manner. He saves Vin's butt in more ways than one. But the handsome merchant Benrahi Ekhan will keep you guessing right until the end.

Truly a great book full of excitement, adventuring, treasure hunting, and sword fighting; not to mention betrayal, love, and vengeance. In conclusion, a must read!


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