Privateer Van Gast thrills in capturing treasure; delights in pulling off elaborate scams; and has an outrageous reputation with the ladies. But there is only one woman for him: fellow privateer Josie – seductive, brave and unpredictable. He’s hoping to make their relationship permanent, until he raids the wrong ship. Now slavers are stalking him, his crew is verging on mutiny and Josie has disappeared.
When she reappears with a new mark wanting Van Gast’s help running the ten ruby trick con, he senses trouble. It seems like Josie has joined up with mage-bound slavers to turn him over to their Master. Van Gast is about to take the biggest risk of alland find out the true meaning of trust and betrayal.
Review: I found this intriguing book to be a very nice blend of fantasy, romance and swashbuckling adventures. Ms. Knight does a really good job of mixing this all together and still making her characters very strong and believable. She weaves a very complex/complicated storyline around three main characters.
This alternate universe that she brings to life has us on a fast paced adventure, although grim at times, it leaves you wanting to turn the page because you lose yourself to the story.
Amidst the typhoons, bar fights and explosions, we find a romance between Van Gast and Josie. Both are pirates involved in racketeering. For public consumption only they fight acting as if they can’t stand each other so that it helps to save them both from becoming grasped in the hands of the evil Master who uses magic to control his subjects.
I think that secretly Van Gast and Josie enjoy the bickering back and forth it adds excitement. Maybe they should have opted for a quieter romance. I guess they both enjoyed the thrill of the fight, never ones to be boring.
Always one step ahead of the Master, until he sends Holden after Van Gast. Holden is a mage who is controlled by the Master with these silver worms that are slimy. The mage’s have crystal’s that form on their skin along with these worms it is really hard to fight the black poison that eventually consumes you.
Anyways Holden is requested to capture Van Gast. Holden finds himself glimpsing some of his past as he finds through these glimpses that he once loved Josie. Somehow he captures the elusive Josie, who until now has evaded being captured. Bonding her to him he wants/needs her help in capturing the equally elusive Van Gast, the racketeer his Master wants captured.
Having already said too much I feel I had better stop and let you pick up this fun mind controlling story that tells the tale of a deceitful web of alternate universes, piracy/racketeering, plundered treasures and romance. I really enjoyed this and I think you will too.