A Pirate in the High Court. A Review for Pirate of Phantoms Deep by Megan Derr

 

Boy was I happy to see Lesto’s story! Don’t get me wrong, I loved High King’s Golden Tongue, but throughout that story Lesto had me intrigued from the start! I wasn’t disappointed that’s for sure!

So, what is Pirate of Phantoms Deep about?

Pirate is the continuation of the Tales of the High Court series. The focus is on Lesto and the story starts with a bang, with a situation only Lesto can get into. Luckily for him, the bad situation has a silver lining when he meets a certain pirate again. Lesto met Shemal in the first story, though we never saw them together, only heard about it. Now we get the details and more.

Tell us about the characters of the story.
The focus of the story is on Lesto and Shemal of course. The (mis)adventures they get up to, the mystery that is set at the heart of the story and their romance that is all integrated with the story and the high court. The basis for Lesto’s character was already crafted in the first story, now it gets depth. We see a whole new side to the prickly, tough commander and best friend of the High King.

Shemal is new and we get to see more of the Farlander culture that was hinted at in the previous book. Shemal is somewhat of an enigma. He doesn’t fit in anywhere really, but an encounter with Lesto changed his world.

How is the writing?
The writing is typically Megan Derr. It’s good and flowing, though the writing was rougher than High King. There is a lot of swearing and use of fuck. It had a rougher edge than the flowing narrative of High King. In a way it fit in with the story, but I thought all the fucks flying around were overdone. It didn’t fit in with the world

There is wit and humour in the story that, combined with all the characters, the action and adventure gives it a lighter quality and makes it so that it isn’t terribly heavy and dark/dramatic as some of this author’s characters tend to be.

Is there world-building in Pirate?
Most of the world of Tales of the High Court was established in the first book. Nevertheless, more details were added and we get depth to the world and we see new sides through Lesto and Shemal and I loved seeing Phantoms Deep. The author has a tendency to add original quirks to fantasy world you normally do not see. It’s a trait in authors I really appreciate

Were there things you didn’t like?
Overall I really loved this continuation of Tales of the High Court. Something I didn’t like was the constant miscommunication between Lesto and Shemal. There is a lot of assumption and not enough talking. While understandable from two tough, independent characters, the amount of it was a bit too much. You’d expect they would learn, especially Lesto.

Do you recommend Pirate of Phantoms Deep?
Yes! Definitely! If you loved High King’s Golden Tongue, you will love this one! And if you’re a bit like me, you will want Heart of the Lost Star, the third story RIGHT NOW! Damn, the little synopsis only wet my tongue!

How to you rate Pirate of Phantoms Deep?
With four stars!

The Pirate of Phantoms Deep Book Cover The Pirate of Phantoms Deep
Tales of the High Court
Megan derr
Fantasy
Less than Three Press
July 13, 2016
A copy was provided through Netgalley

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.

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