Publishing Date: January 2019
Publisher: C. S. Boyack
Publisher’s Description: An honorable man is mistaken for his disreputable father. Now he’s pushed into a political scheme to start a war that will spread across multiple kingdoms. James Cuttler’s fiancé is being held captive to ensure he goes through with the plan. He soon decides his skills are at sea and procures a ship to wage war upon those who disrupted his simple life. He can’t do it alone, so he recruits a band of cutthroats to help him.
Review: Many buckles were swashed in this fantasy adventure novel. From high seas privateers (pirating) to an evilly king’s Regent with manipulative designs for total conquest.
This is a high sea’s adventure with some tongue and cheekiness that can only be internally processed and accepted as palatable due to the author’s intent to do just that. At times Cuttler’s perfect self among a plethora of scrofulous indigents wears a bit thin, as does Fala’s “Hooker with a heart of gold” demeanor. Serang, Dan, Mal and the bird round out a good supporting cast, while the monsters were just too contrived and veered the story line into the absurd what with their pigeon speak and primitive idioms.
At the end of this novel, I have to say I had a good time. The movement was well thought out and takes you along for the ride. This will be a good adventure series if pursued as long as Fala and the monsters are lost at sea.