“You didn’t have to fight when you destroyed the Horde. So I decided to make your tower explode.”
This quote is said directly after the two main protagonist have sex (oh my god get on with it already) for the first time. Although, I thought they were having sex at least two times prior, but the descriptive writing was so bad, I had to go back and read it carefully to realize there wasn't yet penetration...I guess. Anyways, upon reading this god-awful, corny phrase, (75% of the way into the book btw) I knew I was done. It had been a while coming as the book had already started to drag, but since I paid $8 for it, I was determined to press on.
The setting seemed promising, but too many elements from too many time periods were being thrown together to be able to make a cohesive story backdrop. It felt like the author sat down and wrote down anything that came to mind, without streaming and or editing. The trick to a truly great fantasy is to change just one major element of reality and leave the rest intact.
Back to the romance, it also started off promising, but you can't change the basic nature of who a character is to make him more appealing and have me believe itm. Here is a hardened, nhilistic pirate who has sailed the world and seen it all, and basically sworn off women and with one random encounter with this lady, he becomes a ridiculous, maluble, kind, altruistic lump of goo who is only "hard" when needed for plot, not in an realistic way. The true flaws and quirks in a charcacter are what make them believable.
Not the worst thing I've ever read, but so much more is needed to make this book salvagable. It also taught me a word I hadn't heard before,(ameliorate) so I gave it an extra star for that.