The Pirate of Fathoms Deep
Author: Megan Derr
Title: The Pirate of Fathoms Deep
Series: Tales of the High Court 2
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Four Petals
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High Commander Lesto Arseni is the most feared man in the Harken Empire. None but the High King dares risk his wrath—and a pirate who once punched him in the middle of the imperial pavilion. A pirate who later snuck away with Lesto to an empty room, touched him in ways far more memorable. And then immediately bolted like a man who'd gotten what he wanted.
Shemal just wants to live a normal life, leave his pirating days behind him and prove that he's respectable now. The last thing he needs is the two idiots who show up wanting his help with the noble they've kidnapped—the very man Shemal had been hoping to prove himself to, the man he hasn't forgotten since Shemal punched him a year and a half ago.
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When Lesto gets kidnapped, the last thing he expects is to get dumped at the feet of the one that got away. The only man that he ever thought he might be able to fall in love with left him, yet the second Lesto sees Shemal again all those feelings come roaring back. Of course, since he's been kidnapped Lesto knows there's something more going on than just a crazy coincidence. He and Shemal have to work together to find a way to save the empire from an encroaching band of invaders, all while figuring out their relationship.
Overall, I liked the story, but it was only on my second read-through that I figured it out. I realized that the reason I felt like the romance was too fast and lacked any build up was because it had all happened off-screen in the previous book. It felt like a brand new relationship the entire book, but for a new relationship to be believable there has to be some sort of initial connection. Only once I reminded myself that this wasn't a new relationship could I start to enjoy their dynamic. Maybe a prologue with one of the off-screen scenes from book one would have smoothed this issue out, or maybe I needed to reread book one before delving into this story.
I also had some difficulty with the plot. The style these stories are written in has the plot occurring in the background while the main characters go about their daily lives. Someone else makes the big breakthrough or finds that essential clue while Lesto's busy with the army and Shemal's trying not to be overwhelmed with life in the palace. I find that style a bit off-putting, however it works well in keeping the story moving. It also allows the reader to have a much more intimate look into the main character's lives. Again, it was only on the second reading that I got it, but once I did I enjoyed reading this story a lot.
It took me two tries before I understood this book, but I have to say I really did enjoy it. The romance is strong and the plot interesting, it just took me a while to get what Derr was going for. I do recommend this book and the series and am definitely looking forward to book three.
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