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!