Pirate themed fantasy book?

  1. Red Seas Under Red Skies, the second novel in the Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastards) series is perhaps one of my favorite fantasy books of all time and it gets decidedly piratey for the latter two thirds of the book.

  2. There is a triology in the Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobbs that is all about ships and piracy, i forget the name. Very well written stuff.

  3. I wholeheartedly second both Inda and Of Sea and Shadow, they're fantastic and don't get talked about nearly enough.

  4. This is an excellent series. Takes a little bit to get used to the language they use but then it’s a really fun ride. It’s not pirates in an earth like world sailing 19th century frigates - it’s completely foreign. But it’s great.

  5. omg so I am not sure whether there is an english version. But there is a german trilogy called "Wellenläufer" (lit. wave walkers) by Kai Meyer, and it's honestly amazing. Basically regular caribbean, but a magic earthquake made newborns be able to walk on water - they got basically eradicated because of their abilities though. Main protagonist is one of the very last living ones, having grown up on a pirate ship. Trilogy goes into pirate politics, sea-based magic in "risen atlantis" type place, and world-ending maelstrom. It's really good (though potentially more for younger readers? been a while) but as I said, I have not been able to find information on any translations so I doubt they exist...

  6. The Inda series by Sherwood Smith has a lot of great pirate aspects to it. I’d consider it to me more of an analysis of battle, and limited fantasy elements, but love it still.

  7. Listen, I know that this is wild and not exactly a book. But you should read One Piece. It’s incredibly long, but it’s absolutely amazing and it 100% is an Epic Fantasy

  8. I will never not recommend One Piece when pirates are involved. Imo the best pure adventure story ever. Nothing can really capture the pure joy of setting out to sea like one piece. It’s great

  9. VE Schwab’s Darker Shade of Magic series features a pirate crew, particularly in the second book. It’s debatable whether you could call the book pirate-themed, but you’ll find chicanery and ship battles and hijacking and smuggling and weird & wonderful ports while doing magic, so I think it counts.

  10. The Sea and Shadow books are two trilogies about the same events from different perspectives. They're meant to be read concurrently, and the author's original intent was Pirates vs Ninjas, so the Sea books have quite a bit of pirate stuff.

  11. Queen of the Black Coast is pretty good and set in the Conan universe. I know Robert Howard had some other pirate stories that may have been fantasy themed or otherwise were in a more historical setting. Worth a try looking them up!

  12. If you can hunt it down for a decent price, A.C. Crispin wrote an absolutely fantastic Pirates of the Caribbean novel (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom).

  13. I haven’t read a lot of it, but Raymond Feist’s “Midkemia” novels include a few pirate themes ones, like “Kings Buccaneer”. RA Salvatore has a few of his Drizzt books take place on the sea where they’re hunting pirates.

  14. VE Schwab’s Darker Shade of Magic series features a pirate crew, particularly in the second book. It’s debatable whether you could call the book pirate-themed, but you’ll find chicanery and ship battles and hijacking and smuggling and weird & wonderful ports while doing magic, so I think it counts.

  15. Obviously Treasure Island (fiction, I know) if you haven't already. If you like pirates and haven't read TI, then you don't like pirates and are missing out on their finest rendition, and the ONE that popular culture has taken ALL it's pirate tropes from. Spectacularly written as well.

  16. Fifth Season by NK Jemisin. It’s mostly post-apocalyptic, but there are pirates—post-apocalyptic pirates

  17. It isn't "pirate themed" at all - in fact, all of the piracy happens off screen iirc, and it's a small part of the book. There's probably less than a dozen pages about piracy or anything remotely related.

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