The Pirate of Fathom’s Deep, by Megan Derr
Series: Tales of the High Court, Book #2
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
High Commander Lesto Arseni is the most feared man in the Harken Empire. None but the High King dares risk his wrath—and a pirate who once punched him in the middle of the imperial pavilion. A pirate who later snuck away with Lesto to an empty room, touched him in ways far more memorable. And then immediately bolted like a man who’d gotten what he wanted.
Shemal just wants to live a normal life, leave his pirating days behind him and prove that he’s respectable now. The last thing he needs is the two idiots who show up wanting his help with the noble they’ve kidnapped—the very man Shemal had been hoping to prove himself to, the man he hasn’t forgotten since Shemal punched him a year and a half ago.
Like with the first book in the series, The High King’s Golden Tongue, I absolutely enjoyed this high fantasy romance and got lost in this world and the characters. I was already really fond of High Commander Lesto and to see him fall heads over heels in love with the ex-pirate who punched him in the face in the last book and fucked him senseless was very rewarding.
I totally dig the narration style of the alternating point of views. I think it’s amazingly well done and always switches in the right moment and allows for wonderful pacing.
It’s a little surprising—in a good way—that these two, from the outside very gruff appearing men, are so openly affectionate with each other and are good in talking about their feelings as well (ok, most of the time). There is more sex here in the book than in the first one, which is befitting the story line and really lovely and hot.
What stands out for me is the endearing and hilarious banter between Lesto and everyone else. I love the ease that he shares with Sarrica and the rest of his adopted family. I want to see more of everyone. Seriously, it is a delight to spend time with them all.
The action plot was interesting and, um, never mind… Wasn’t that important to me, lol. Oh God… *feels totally inadequate* I like the setting and the world and everything, really. It is just the right amount of density and feels complete without giving me every long and tiresome detail.
This was a great sequel and I’m happy to see that there is another book coming out next year. Can’t wait to revisit all my friends.
Writing and reading are my life. I’m pretty equal opportunity, there is very little I do not like to read. But, I think it’s safe to say that romance and fantasy are my primary stomping grounds :3 I love writing slash, it works for me in a way that writing other things never did. Past that, I’m all over the board – fantasy, supernatural, contemporary, space operas, you name it.
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