A great follow-up to Death's Heretic, and in my opinion, an improvement on what was already a pretty good book. Great cast of characters, a mystery, twists, action, and wonderful visits to Kaer Maga and some of the Outer Planes. Plus, some welcome character development for Salim. It would have bothered me a little if he stayed too static over the course of the 2 books.
The only thing I didn't care for was the interaction w/ the Aeons, but that's only b/c I think they're a rare misfire in Paizo's otherwise great collection of planar races. Conceptually, I find them ridiculous. But that's not the author's fault (unless he's responsible for them, I guess). The editing was not too bad. Like pretty much every other book in this line, there's always room for improvement.
If the Tales line ever continues, I hope it includes another book w/ Salim. This was one of my all-time favorites in the line.
High marks for a pretty unique, interesting main protagonist. The mini-tour of a few Outer Planes, and the First World, woven into a murder-mystery, was also quite enjoyable. Some interesting encounters all around. Not a lot to add given the extensive reviews already here. I'm looking forward to reading the next book w/ Salim.
Editing was pretty good, though w/ room for improvement.
Another great entry in this series, and like the previous book, it builds logically on that which came before. The stakes continue to rise, as does the tension (though the 2nd book had that in spades!). It's not just the main (3) characters that are interesting, though, but the supporting cast is pretty cool too (who wouldn't love Snick?!). Plenty of intrigue, espionage, and high-seas drama.
An interesting development was w/ Celeste, who became an unwitting (won't spoil it)...let's just say her capabilities grew w/ her newfound abilities. But the fact that it was unwitting and even unwanted was a cool twist.
Editing the same as the last 2 novels in the series.
Wow, this was quite the follow-up to Pirate's Honor. I very much liked the new place of honor given to Vreva Jhafae, who becomes easily as interesting a character as any of the others. There were some brutal twists in this book which added to the shock value, but it was a rollicking tale.
The relationship between Vreva and the Inquisitor set against her was an emotional rollercoaster. Harrowing stuff by the end. I liked also how this book built upon what came before in a logical fashion (which is continued in the 3rd book, Pirate's Prophecy, of course).
Editing was similar. Better in the 1st half than the latter half; a pattern I can't quite explain.
My only criticism would be the undoing...shall we say...of a particular character's demise. I kept that vague to avoid spoilers. Why I hated that the character perished, it added to the lethality of the stakes underway, and I was a bit disappointed when it was undone.
This was pretty interesting. A diverse crew of pirates a bit more ethical than the usual, and the romance between the captain and the navigator--no spoilers, though the back cover quickly gives it away--was not your typical fantasy romance. The story is a long con job w/ many twists, some unforeseen. The foil (mark) was an atypical antagonist in some ways.
I'm not quite the nautical enthusiast the author is, though, so some of the extensive use of (no doubt) true-to-life nautical terminology left me a bit cold. The editing was pretty good, w/ some stumbles in the latter parts of the book.