- Series: Tales of the Black Raven (Book 2)
- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Ragnarok Publications (September 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1941987575
- ISBN-13: 978-1941987575
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,844,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sea of Quills (Tales of the Black Raven) (Volume 2) Paperback – September 27, 2015
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My favourite stories were Temptation's Proposal, Treasure of Bogen Helm, The Blossom of Eternity and The Second Gift, though it is hard to actually pick favourites given eight of the nine stories were outstanding. I think these four stories are the best four stories for showing the romanticism, comedy, mysticism and strangeness that Skorkowsky has imbued his work with. The only weak story in this collection is City Beneath the Kaisers, which didn't really offer a great deal except to set the scene for the events of the next story The Noble Hunter.
This is a fantastic book, allowing us to see the good, bad, noble, tenacious, opportunist, cutthroat and deadly sides of Black Raven. I wasn't always rooting for him in these stories, sometimes the Black Raven was clearly the bad guy doing bad things, but I like that Skorkowsky is willing to display this side of Black Raven and let us readers be disappointed in his actions.
I said it before but I'll say it again, Sea of Quills is one of the best books I've read this year. I finished it in only a couple of sittings. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys the old-school style of fantasy with some modern trappings.
In “Sea of Quills” we’re offered an ever-expanding look at the world of the Black Raven, building on the gritty roots laid down in “Mountain of Daggers.” New mysteries, new capers, new magic. Exciting locations, including revisited favorites and paths not before tread. New friends and new enemies abound. From cover to cover, this book overflows with fresh mayhem. Some of my favorite regulars from “Mountain of Daggers” return in “Sea of Quills” to further cement their place in Skorkowsky’s meticulously realized roguish world.
If I had one complaint with regard to returning favorite characters, it would be that I wanted more of Karolina, known to the world as the lovely and deadly assassin Polnoch. She is the Yin to the Black Raven’s Yang, the opposite side of his coin. She’s a fabulous character and the two of them are absolutely incredible together. She makes only one appearance in “Sea of Quills” but I’m holding out high hopes that she returns with a vengeance in the next installment in the Black Raven saga.
“Sea of Quills” draws heavily on the Black Raven’s sailor’s roots and we get a clear picture of the importance of the seafaring culture in Skorkowsky’s vicious underworld. There is an undeniable element of Jimmy Buffett meets James Bond at work in these nautically themed tales of swashbuckling adventure. And I like it.
As in Mountain of Daggers, we are treated to a fair amount of time spent in Lunnisburg (my favorite setting thus far in the world of the Black Raven) — carving out high-risk criminal capers beneath the ashen red glow of the Kaisers, even as the great ancient city suffers through a very peculiar and unique plague all its own.
Ah, yes, and my favorite theme woven into “Sea of Quills” — the coming of the Bounty Hunters. What happens when a thief becomes famous? Dangerous and capable men line up to exchange blood for gold, and the list of ruthless bounty hunters waiting to take a crack at the Black Raven is growing longer and more distinguished by the page.
“Mountain of Daggers” reignited my love of pulp Sword and Sorcery. “Sea of Quills” guaranteed there will always be a section of my shelf reserved for the Tales of the Black Raven.
My chief complaint? Now I’m ready for “Tales of the Black Raven, Book III.”