- File Size: 3065 KB
- Print Length: 185 pages
- Publisher: Authenticity Press (January 28, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MSCKAKN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,187 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Pirates (Shard Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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PLOT: It is my opinion that there is not enough pirate-heavy books out there, and THIS ONE DELIVERS. All the pirates. All the things. YES! *pumps fist* The lore is highly developed and complex - if you start to get confused, it's okay, just hang in there. You'll get what you need eventually and it's not the end of the world if you forget something. I will confess to being a *teeny* bit lost during Shard's explanation of Kirael, but I just kept going and tried not to worry about missing anything important and it was fine! It all came out in the wash so to speak. Also, the prologue will make a lot more sense when you get further into the book. So if you're like me and tend to perseverate on something you don't understand until you do, DON'T. You're not meant to yet. Patience, grasshopper. Overall, I was surprised several times and the author keeps you engaged.
CHARACTERS: This is a HUGE STRENGTH of this novel! I was really, really invested in the characters! They are intriguing and complex, and are consistent to themselves. Elizabeth keeps you guessing about her - at first you might mistake her for a helpless damsel, but she's got a mean sword arm and can pirate with the best of them. And Shard GAH - my favorite character in the book and I just adjfskl my feels omg... *breathes deeply to calm self* He's mysterious and fierce and gentlemanly and BASICALLY AWESOME and just so much <3 <3 <3
OVERALL: I am very anxious for 2, so that's an indicator. ;) I couldn't put it down and read it all in one day. The writing doesn't drag and the descriptions are capturing without wasting words, which shapes this into a concise read, which I dig. When a book changes my heart rate, I know it's good, and this one did!! I got so passionate (and involved) at one point, actually, that it was nearly midnight and I was literally yelling "NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I also almost cried and this book broke me. The ONE AND ONLY reason this book is not 5 stars is because I'm a cantankerous grape and there was one major plot point that upset me (I will elaborate below, but it's spoiler so read with care; if you don't want to have it spoiled, don't read beyond the SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER warning). I know lots of people who would not object to it, and it obviously is not putting me off the series, so there you go. :) Also, I don't want to entirely rule out the possibility of the author "fixing" it later in the series, so there's always that. Anyway, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, especially anyone who likes pirates! I'm not super good at book-matching, but I think fans of Brandon Mull will like this one.
Phew. This was hard because I've literally been WAITING ANXIOUSLY for this series for 3+ years, so! I was trembling with anticipation when I finally got to hold it (well my phone but you know what I mean) in my hands.
SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER
Okay, so as I said, Shard was my favorite character. I mean, the series would appear to named after him. Possibly after the "shard" he has from which he gets his name, if you know what I mean. So, you know, he seemed a bit pivotal. I was... upset... when he died. I did not want him to die!! I liked him too much! I needed him!! And the way he died was just so... [someone find me a word, please and thank you] I mean, I hate but tolerate heroic deaths for noble causes when there's no other choice (but this was not one of those situations so...), but besides that, I don't like any of my protagonists to die EVER. And... well I've spoiled enough, but HOW he dies just broke my heart, peoples. IT WAS TRAGIC.
Now, it seemed pretty clear that he was dead and going to stay that way, but I won't discount the possibility that he might come back? I mean, she is the author, which makes her basically the god of her story so she could work a miracle?? Maybe??? But I'm afraid to get my hopes up, so for now I'm assuming he's dead. :'( D: *heart is irreparably broken* *lights candles for Shard*
This was a great book. Great characters, interesting story and world building. I was a little put off before I bought it by the short length, but it worked just fine, and it didn't feel too short. I had to knock a star off for the ending... Its a personal defect of mine. I like happy endings... but I guess happy endings don't always create the most character growth. I am excited for the next book.
The situations are gripping, the characters are intriguing, and I found myself wondering about each one, puzzling over who they might be in the other world? There are subtle twists which made me question who each person really might be. I really can't bring myself to believe that my favorite character was killed. I am waffling about whether or not I want to read the next book without that character, but I suspect it just isn't true, so I plan to purchase the next in the series.
Best short description I've managed to come up with to convince friends to give it a go: Pirates of the Caribbean meets Lord of the Rings. The pirate components of the story hit all the right notes and strides you'd hope for, but there's an element of worldbuilding and fantasy that reminded me of The Hobbit (without bogging me down as much as Tolkien's work did). Very nice breath of fresh air!
The prologue threw me for a bit of a loop at first and seemed like the start of a completely different story versus the first chapter, but in hindsight, it was absolutely needed and served as the perfect introduction to the book's dual story-structure. The farther in you get, the more sense it makes - at one point I stopped reading and flipped back to it because of an excited "Wait, WHAT?!" moment as everything fell into place.
The characters are strong, the pacing feels just right, bringing the reader back to Kirael just enough so we don't forget about it and its struggles, but holding back just enough to still leave an air of mystery early on. And the mystery continues with the ending - I'm already anxiously awaiting when I'll have funds and time to get book two. Very good writing!