Torius Vin is perfectly happy with his life as a pirate captain, sailing the Inner Sea in search of plunder with a bold crew of buccaneers and Celeste, his snake-bodied navigator and one true love. Yet all that changes when his sometimes-friend, Vreva - a high-powered courtesan and abolitionist spy in the slaver stronghold of Okeno - draws him into her shadowy network of insurgents. Caught between the slavers he hates and a navy that sees him as a criminal, can Torius continue to choose the path of piracy? Or will he sign on as a privateer, bringing freedom to others - at the price of his own?
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Pirate's Promise is a fitting followup to Pirate's Honor. While we still have the good old crew, we get more information on some smaller characters this time, and the original main people are developed even further. The adventure aspect is still high, with some great battles and promises of intrigue and tension. I love the way Torius's relationship with Celeste has grown, and how he and Vreva get along in this book. But I honestly think my favorite character line in this book was actually Vreva's. She intrigued me from the beginning in Pirate's Honor, and my curiosity was well-sated with this book.
The plot was the rich tapestry I've come to expect from Jackson, with three solid threads (Vreva, Celeste, and Torius) each with compelling trials and conflicts that were just plain excellent. And of course, they all tied together perfectly come the end. I won't lie, I want more of these books. A lot more.
I really enjoyed this book. the expansion of the characters back story made sense and I really enjoyed the plotline.
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