I so love reading the Pathfinder Tales stories. This installment, "Pirate’s Prophecy" by Chris A. Jackson, was really enjoyable. It was hard for me to put this book down! I loved it! And as I read this story, I thought, Wow, the author really knows his way around a boat! And he knows sailing, too. So I wasn’t surprised to learn that the author is actually a sailor with many years of experience being at sea. He’s the perfect guy to write a nautical story – even a story with pirates! And he’s a good writer, too. As an example of his skill with words: "Torius wondered if the quartermaster was still breathing. Snick was deadlier than she looked, and if the man had given her that shiner, the gnome had probably repaid the assault with interest." (Page 313)
"Pirate’s Prophecy" is an awesome pirate story with a good mix of a variety of characters. There’s a gnome, half-orc, a naga and even witches. When I saw “Hell on the High Seas” for the back cover quote on this book, I thought the author was being dramatic. Nope! The characters in this book – most of them being pirates – really do endure a sort of Hell-like setting in the huge battle that takes place towards the end of the story – that is, Hell as if it were set on the seas! It’s a pirate sort of Hell the characters go through, battling a REAL devil – actually, a drowning devil!
I really loved this book and enjoyed the story. Vreva, Torius, Kalli, Lacy Jane and Celeste are all my favorite characters. And of course, I can't forget Mathias. Vreva and Mathias are not pirates of course (and as a cat, Mathias would rather stay on dry land, thank you very much!) but they totally rocked in their roles as assassins for hire! I thought it was cool the characters could take on another person’s image – and also funny that they end up being completely in their birthday suit because of it, in Celeste’s case! And any gamer would certainly love this book, because it’s like being a character in a game! Any time that a character drank a potion and was instantly or mostly healed reminded me of that.
"Pirate’s Prophecy" was the kind of fantasy novel that really took me away to the seas to fight alongside pirates and work together with the crew to repair a battle-weary ship. This novel is an action-packed story full of adventure, fantasy, mystery and even a bit of romance! Good story and good writing! And definitely a good addition to the Pathfinder Tales series.
Paizo Publishing is the award-winning publisher of fantasy role playing games, accessories, and board games.Pathfinder Tales: Pirate's Prophecy is the continuation of their popular novel series.
Captain Torius Vin and the crew of the Stargazer have given up the pirate life, instead becoming abolitionist privateers bent on capturing slave ships and setting their prisoners free. But when rumors surface of a new secret weapon in devil-ruled Cheliax, are the Stargazers willing to go up against a navy backed by Hell itself?