Blood in the Water
Author: Tami Veldura
Title: Blood in the Water
Series: An Act of Piracy 1
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
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Kyros Vindex, treasure-hunter, has a problem. He's carrying a torch for a fellow pirate with the sexual awareness of a teaspoon. Rumors say the man has killed hundreds. He's determined to knock some sense into the work-a-holic that captains the Midnight Sun, but damned if he knows how.
Eric Deumont has more pressing concerns than the treasure-obsessed Kyros. There's a creature inked into his chest that no witch in the seas will lay hands on for all the gold in the world. He knows it gives the Midnight Sun a cursed reputation and that doesn't make living any easier. He has heard stories of spirits trapped for lifetimes inside spelled puzzle jars. Eric tracked down three of the pieces for such a jar with a lead number four. The fifth is still out there.
Even then, the spirit of vengeance that lives in Eric's skin has no intention of giving up such easy access to the mortal realm. It craves blood and the light of the moon allows it to wreak unchecked havoc. Cursed is an insult. This is madness.
I received this book via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Eric and Kyros are pirates. They pillage the high seas and occasionally run into each other at port, where Kyros quickly falls in love with Eric. The only problem is that Eric has some sort of demon or spirit trapped in his chest. Whenever moonlight hits the creature, it escapes and starts killing everyone around it until Eric can get it back under control. The spirit is slowly killing Eric, so the quest to find a way to free him takes over. Kyros knows he can't have Eric's full heart until the spirit is gone.
My favorite part of the book was how seamlessly the world flows. At first it feels like it's a fictional book about pirates, set historically in the time when pirates ruled the Atlantic Ocean. They pillage and attack other ships, and then trade their stolen goods in various pirate havens. The magic of the spirits fits so naturally into the story I couldn't help wondering whether such magics might have existed at that time anyway. It felt like voodoo might have felt if it were in use on pirate ships.
Unfortunately, I found the rest of the story to be very choppy. The romance bounced from emotion to emotion with very little to connect the various bits together. The plot bounced the same way. I know that giving every detail of every voyage would have been redundant and boring, but I felt that there was a lot missing that would have helped the plot gel better.
I thought the world building with the balance between the real-world pirating and the fantasy spirit magic was excellent. I wish the romance and the plot had a bit more flow because it felt choppy, but overall I did enjoy reading this book and I do recommend it.
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