Pathfinder Tales: Pirate's Promise

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Freedom's Privateer!

Torius Vin is perfectly happy with his life as a pirate captain, sailing the Inner Sea with a bold crew of buccaneers and Celeste, his snake-bodied navigator and one true love. Yet all that changes when his sometime friend Vreva Jhafae—a high-powered courtesan and abolitionist spy in the slaver stronghold of Okeno—draws him into her shadowy network of secret agents. Caught between the slavers he hates and a navy that sees him as a criminal, can Torius continue to choose the path of piracy? Or will he sign on as a privateer, bringing freedom to others—at the price of his own?

From critically acclaimed author Chris A. Jackson comes a fantastical tale of love, espionage, and high-seas adventure, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

400-page mass market paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-664-5
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-665-2

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The best-laid plans of corsairs and courtesans...

****( )

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.


I love this book and this entire series

*****

I can't believe how shocked I was by the surprises in this book.
Things I liked:
I loved how it started right where the first one ended. I didn't expect that and since I didn't want Pirate's Honor to end and I got my wish. It was really nice.
The relationships deepen and friendships form plus there are shocking relationships in this story that are indefinitely more intense than the relationships in the first book. I was amazed by the intensity that these relationships burn and it continued to make me turn the page and not want to book down. That's what I want in a book.

Chris is amazing and this makes me want to look into his non-Pathfinder titles.


*****


Relationships

*****

The relationships between the characters is what makes this book so enthralling. Even the relationship between antagonists and protagonists is well written, and not just a cardboard cutout.

I'm looking forward to the continued adventures of the Stargazers.

GH


*****


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Webstore Gninja Minion

Announced! Product image and description subject to change.

Paizo Employee Developer

Yay! More Chris Jackson!

Webstore Gninja Minion

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Adam Daigle wrote:
Yay! More Chris Jackson!

More nautical action...Jackson!

Paizo Employee Developer

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And Celeste!

Contributor

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Thanks for posting, Liz!

Yes, more of everyone...Nautical mayhem ensues!!!

And more Vreva Jhafae!

So psyched to see this coming out! Thanks to everyone who enjoyed Pirate's Honor. This one's for you!

Liberty's Edge

\o/ I enjoyed that crew in the first novel. Looking forward to more stories about them.

Scarab Sages

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Great news!

Liberty's Edge

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Fantastic news! This was one of my favorite books in the Tales line. Looking forward to reading this!


Awesome! I really enjoyed the first book, so I'm sure I'll love this too.


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I also am eagerly anticipating this novel in my grubby little hands.

O_o

*Washes hands*

I also am eagerly anticipating this novel in my clean little hands.


December, but that's in like.....FOREVER!


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber

Moved discussion here out of the Nightblade thread.

Chris A. Jackson wrote:
Itchy wrote:

-Pirate's Honor?

I'm not sure on that last one. See above about that being a foggy period of time...

Well, if you're still fuzzy on that one, catch up quickly. Pirate's Promise will be out in December!

;-)

I know! I was actually fuzzy about whether I read Pirate's Honor during the sleep deprived fugue that I existed in for the first 6 months of my daughter's life, or if I read it before then.

What I KNOW for SURE is that I have loaned Pirate's Honor out to multiple folks as one of the "introduction to Pathfinder Tales" books. I enjoyed it that much! Sooooooo... I am eagerly anticipating getting this book in my dishwater-soaked hands!

Shadow Lodge

I am so far behind on my Pathfinder Tales novels (and every other series I read) but I just started Pirates Honor. I am excited to know that there is more Torius and Celeste waiting for me around my birthday. Guess I better hurry.

Sovereign Court

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I was just thinking the other day about how I hoped there'd be more books with Captain Vin. And now I'm happy.


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I received the first book in the series as a Con gift. I read it in one sitting yesterday (and am on a intravenous coffee this morning as a result). I am happy that my body will be recovered by the time the next novel releases!

Dark Archive

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So much excited, can't word properly!

Pirate's Honor was the best Pathfinder Tale so far, so I am really looking forward to this!

Silver Crusade

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Loved Pirate's Honor so I definitely can't wait for this.

Given the theme presented in the synopsis up there I wonder if

Spoiler:
Pok-Nal will make an appearance?

Webstore Gninja Minion

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Cover image and description updated.


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Ooh! Shiny!

Dark Archive

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Can I say Arrr now?


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber

Nice new cover! And December is not farrr away!


When does the PDF come out? looking forward to reading it.

Webstore Gninja Minion

December 17th is the retail release date.

Contributor

Free sample chapter, and artwork of Vreva Jhafae on the Paizo Blog page: http://paizo.com/paizo/blog

Enjoy!


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Just got this and I like it a lot


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I finished reading this book this morning. For no reason, I woke up at 3:30AM. I got children back into bed that ALSO woke up at 3:30AM for no particular reason. When I couldn't get back to sleep, I read until the book was done 2 minutes before my alarm went off.

This book was very good. I will work on getting a review written and posted tonight. Well done, Mr. Chris Jackson. Well done.

Contributor

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Yeah, this was really good. I thought it was very well-built and the story did a great job of putting all the major characters through the wringer. The stakes really felt like they mattered and the outcome was far from certain -- and that's a hard trick to pull off within the constraints of a continuing series!

Top-tier Tales for me, can't wait to see what the crew gets up to next. :)


Forgot to post this last night when I initially put the review up.

Reviewed here and at The Grassy Gnoll.


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Just finished it in less than 24 hours...which I have not done with a book in a long time(though it helped it was a Friday night so it was not like I had work or anything.)

But my compliments to Chris Jackson for a great novel one I am certain to read again. Can't wait till the next one.


....Well....I can see I'll be in the minority here but - no. Didn't like it. Couldn't, in fact, finish it. Just like "Pirates Honour" actually. I thought the writing was flat & the characterisation two dimensional. Boring, to be blunt. "Pirates Promise" will be part of the VERY short list of Pathfinder novels I've purchased (all of them, thus far) that will be headed towards the 2nd hand bookstore.


A question to Chris, if Torius or any of the rest of the crew to find a stowaway, what would they do with him/her ?

How does the crew of the Stargazer go about recruiting new members who won't cause any issues with Celeste ?

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Shadow_Charlatan wrote:

A question to Chris, if Torius or any of the rest of the crew to find a stowaway, what would they do with him/her ?

How does the crew of the Stargazer go about recruiting new members who won't cause any issues with Celeste ?

Hmm...I suppose that would depend on the stowaway. They're not so heartless as to simply throw a stowaway overboard, and circumstances would certainly enter into the decision whether or not the person was put ashore at the first convenient port, taken to someplace safe, or taken on as one of the crew. Nothing is impossible, but if said stowaway turns out to be a soul-eating demon from the Abyss in the form of a harmless looking, doe-eyed halfling waif...well that would be an entirely different dilemma...


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Chris A Jackson wrote:
Shadow_Charlatan wrote:

A question to Chris, if Torius or any of the rest of the crew to find a stowaway, what would they do with him/her ?

How does the crew of the Stargazer go about recruiting new members who won't cause any issues with Celeste ?

Hmm...I suppose that would depend on the stowaway. They're not so heartless as to simply throw a stowaway overboard, and circumstances would certainly enter into the decision whether or not the person was put ashore at the first convenient port, taken to someplace safe, or taken on as one of the crew. Nothing is impossible, but if said stowaway turns out to be a soul-eating demon from the Abyss in the form of a harmless looking, doe-eyed halfling waif...well that would be an entirely different dilemma...

"Spoilers" ;-)

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