Saturday, November 28, 2015

Book Review: Pirate's Promise by Chris A. Jackson


Torius Vin and the crew of the Stargazer always enjoy a chance to tweak the noses of slave traders, but those opportunities don't come often. Especially now that Torius and his lover Celeste are on vacation out in the desert. but when an old "friend", Vreva Jhafae, contacts Torius with an offer to join a band of slave liberators, he can't refuse the change. There's just one problem-- Vreva is being hounded by a inquisitor who doesn't realize her quarry is right under her nose. And worse, Vreva is falling for her. Will Vreva's cover be blown and bring down Torius and his crew? Or will Vreva be able to take her new lover out of the equation before that happens?

That's my summary. Here's the one I pulled from

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?


Pirate's Promise takes place not too long after the previous book in the series, Pirate's Honor. While a reader doesn't have to read the first book for this one to make sense, it would help establish the characters and their interpersonal relationships better.

My Thoughts

Pirate's Promise is a fitting followup to Pirate's Honor. While we still have the good old crew, we get more information on some smaller characters this time, and the original main people are developed even further. The adventure aspect is still high, with some great battles and promises of intrigue and tension.  I love the way Torius's relationship with Celeste has grown, and how he and Vreva get along in this book. But I honestly think my favorite character line in this book was actually Vreva's. She intrigued me from the beginning in Pirate's Honor, and my curiosity was well-sated with this book.

The plot was the rich tapestry I've come to expect from Jackson, with three solid threads (Vreva, Celeste, and Torius) each with compelling trials and conflicts that were just plain excellent. And of course, they all tied together perfectly come the end. I won't lie, I want more of these books. A lot more.

Would I Recommend This Book? Absolutely! With Torius and his crew on a new adventure, there's plenty of fun and excitement to be had. Throw in answers to questions about characters' pasts that I desperately wanted, and this was a recipe for success. I give Pirate's Promise an iron-collar-wearing 5 of 5 stars!

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