Nine tales of adventuresome sword & sorcery by Seth Skorkowsky, author of the Valducan series. Thieves, assassins, pirates, sellswords, and cutthroats abound in this second volume of the Tales of the Black Raven. For Ahren, it’s no longer a question of someone trying to kill him; it's who will try next. Still on the run for a murder he didn’t commit, Ahren adapts to life as an outlaw as his reputation of the Black Raven grows. Yet nothing comes easy. Dogged by bounty hunters, he finds himself crossing steel with pirates on the high seas and battling monsters in subterranean cities. If that wasn’t enough, he’s paid to assassinate an immortal and must break out of a heavily-fortified prison. Just another day in the life of the Black Raven. Sea of Quills is the second book in this collection of tales by Seth Skorkowsky, the author of Dämoren and the best-selling Valducan urban fantasy series.
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It’s hard to know what to say about “Sea of Quills (Black Raven #2)” that I haven’t already said about “Mountain of Daggers (Black Raven #1)" Skorkowsky’s vision for the “Tales of the Black Raven” steers a true course from the first page to the last in his second Black Raven offering.
In “Sea of Quills” we’re offered an ever-expanding look at the world of the Black Raven, building on the gritty roots laid down in “Mountain of Daggers.” New mysteries, new capers, new magic. Exciting locations, including revisited favorites and paths not before tread. New friends and new enemies abound. From cover to cover, this book overflows with fresh mayhem. Some of my favorite regulars from “Mountain of Daggers” return in “Sea of Quills” to further cement their place in Skorkowsky’s meticulously realized roguish world.
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With Sea of Quills, Skorkowsky exceeds my very high expectations to deliver one of the best books I've read this year. Sea of Quills collects nine Black Raven stories in chronological order, which sees Black Raven dancing with assassins, braving a city full of deadly eels, all while dealing with bounty hunters and rogue members of his own organisation.
My favourite stories were Temptation's Proposal, Treasure of Bogen Helm, The Blossom of Eternity and The Second Gift, though it is hard to actually pick favourites given eight of the nine stories were outstanding. I think these four stories are the best four stories for showing the romanticism, comedy, mysticism and strangeness that Skorkowsky has imbued his work with. The only weak story in this collection is City Beneath the Kaisers, which didn't really offer a great deal except to set the scene for the events of the next story The Noble Hunter.
This is a fantastic book, allowing us to see the good, bad, noble,...
I enjoyed the first collection of Black Raven stories (Mountain of Daggers) and was very much looking forward to this series. It definitely did not disappoint. The stories continue to build upon the legend of the Black Raven and each story usually has a couple of great twists that kept me wondering what was going to happen next. Originally I thought I'd read one story per night at bedtime and make the book last a week or so, but no such luck; I couldn't put it down and plowed through it in 2 days. I'd definitely recommend this and its predecessor if you like tales of swashbuckling and clever thievery. Dare I hope for a full-on Black Raven novel in the near future?
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