Summary

A pirate captain of the Inner Sea, Torius Vin makes a living raiding wealthy merchant ships with his crew of loyal buccaneers. Few things matter more to Captain Torius than ill-gotten gold-but one of those is Celeste, his beautiful snake-bodied navigator. When a crafty courtesan offers the pirate crew a chance at the heist of a lifetime, it's time for both man and naga to hoist the black flag and lead the Stargazer's crew to fame and fortune. But will stealing the legendary Star of Thumen chart the corsairs a course to untold riches-or send them all to a watery grave?
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3 out of 5 stars
By wyman reed on 27-06-18

good characters and world but annoying story

I listened to this based on liking "Pirate's Promise" by the same author set chronologically after this one. If you want an easy to listen to pirate adventure set in the Pathfinder universe I would start there. It summarizes this book neatly before getting it's own story going and you do not have to slog through listening to this.

This one was a struggle. The plot is that this pirate crew is going to pull off an elaborate heist and manipulate their way into a bunch of money. It hinges on the naga character Celeste being able to transform into a human often enough and for long enough to convincingly pretend to be an oppressed slave concubine in the presence of their target and seduce him to the point he is malleable to the pirate crew's ends.
So there is much to do about whether Celeste can convincingly seduce a man, and how she feels about it, and whether or not their target "really" likes her or or is just responding to all the seducing and charm magic and drugs they slip him, and is he truly a good man or not?, and since Celeste's true love is supposed to be Captain Torius Vin how does HE feel about all the seducing and manipulating?

For all that this is a book about pirates it feels more like a cheap romance. The focus was almost totally on the romance with very little action to break things up. Romance is fine when it is done well but for me it was not here. The whole premise of Celeste feeling doubts about seducing the slaver man because maybe he's actually a good guy is infuriating. From the reader perspective the slaver man is obviously a bad dude and Celeste thinking maybe he isn't comes off as extremely naive on her part and completely out of character, especially given what we know of her backstory.

The next book, "Pirate's Promise", manages some of these themes and dynamics far better and in a way that is actually compelling and does not detract from the story. At least the ending of this book wraps everything up in a satisfying way and keeps the experience from being a total annoyance. I would not listen to it more then once though.

John Pruden does a good job narrating again. He adds a little bit of campiness but in an entertaining way.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kenny Hall on 27-03-18

Gozreh’s Guts

I’m so freaking tired of this stupid catchphrase it’s ruining the story for me. I’m hardly 2 hours in and this character trait is terrible.

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