I have linked Amanda’s post from last week basically because our shifts at work clash and I can’t catch her and she can’t catch me and so we are a week behind in linking each other but we get there (Wash, Rinse, Repeat)
This Saturday Top Five series for readers started back in October and I kind of lost motivation for making it every week. But it’s back! This is a series of books that I want to read that all have a common theme. Previously on the blog I have focused on witches, werewolves, thrillers, faeries, fairy tale retellings and high fantasy. I am going to try and bring this series back for every Saturday.
The Saturday Top Five Schedule for December:
12/6 -Standalone Books 12/13 – Books about Pirates
12/20 – Books that have been made into movies
12/27 – books coming in 2020
- Share your top 5 books of the current topic– these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
- Tag the original post (This one!)
- Tag 5 people
Saturday Top Five – Books With Pirates I Have Or Want To Read
*And if you think this has been particularly benign for my typical posts so far- yay zuzu petals. You are paying attention. And yes, there is a reason… don’t worry it is coming. With a quickness (Hint: See Featured Image).
1) Pirates of the Caribbean (there is a word I will NEVER spell right on the first go, for as long as I live)
Nope. Not a book. Nope don’t care. I told you to wait for it. You didn’t even have to wait that long, did you? Come on now. Is there any more fantastically brilliant pirate than Jack Sparrow. Well for the first couple of movies, anyway? I can’t say anything different than anyone else. It is like Keith Richards as a pirate… and then he quite literally became one. Just a couple movies too late. Ok. Do I need to explain Keith Richards to the kids?
This is Keith Richards. From the Rolling Stones. Oh. Wait. Let me back that up.
My favorite Rolling Stones song– obviously just my favorite. Not even saying it is their best. Just my favorite.
And just for the record- I’m not even that old. My parents were hippies. I was raised on great music. You kids need to get a grip. That’s all. Ok. Now that our music history class is over for the day… back to the pirates. That WAS Keith Richards until he actually became Jack Sparrow’s father.
2-3) The Frith Chronicles by Shami Stovall
See I’m cheating again- because three books that I’m counting as two but in my defense the third isn’t out yet so THERE.
I ain’t even gonna try and lie. I just found out about this series. The first book, Knightmare Arcanist (that title alone gave me shivers) came out June, 2018. The second book (I’m not a cover person, as everyone knows… but these covers are something), Dead Pirate Arcanist, just came out in November and the third book, Coliseum Arcanist, comes out in February.
Let me state my intentions right now: I AM HERE FOR IT.
Knightmare Arcanist Summary:
Magic. Sailing. A murderer among heroes.
Gravedigger Volke Savan wants nothing more than to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. And he’ll take anything—a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra—maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma.
So when Volke stumbles across a knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. He’s already killed a population of phoenixes and he intends to kill even more.
In order to protect his home, his adopted sister, and the girl he admires from afar, Volke will need to confront his hero, the Master Arcanist Gregory Ruma.
4) Dark Shores- Danielle L. Jensen
I’m pretty sure everyone knows my love of Dark Shores by Danielle Jensen but in case you’ve somehow forgotten, you can read my review (linked above). What a ride Dark Shores turned out to be! Meddling Gods, pirates and Rome inspired! I mean what more can you ask for. And Dark Skies is coming this spring (see link for my part in the cover reveal)!
5) Bone Ships by RJ Barker
Speaking of things you really should have seen coming, this was one of my favorite fall releases! Unique dragons and pirates abound in the kick-off to Barker’s new series, The Tide Child. I have linked my review and q and a R. J Barker, above.
While we do not have any information on the second book in the Tide Child series, I will be sure to pass it along as soon as I can find anything out!
And there you have it! Possibly the last top five Saturday before I die in an avalanche. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did…
15 thoughts on “Devils and Black Sheep Ahoy! Saturday Top Five Books With Pirates I Have Or Want To Read”
I’m SO freaking glad that you listed Pirates of the Carribean. Because let’s be real. Jack Sparrow made us all love pirates. Ohhh! Knightmare Arkanist looks AMAZING as well. And I believe your review is the one that made me REALLY want The Dark Shores but I forgot about it until this week.
Also… on a personal note/ update ….my week was hell and then yesterday and today were filled with harassment, threats and fear of bodily harm from someone I considered a friend. Sooooo I was already taking a little hiatus and planned to have my post up this morning and then today was basically hell and last night was basically a giant trigger… My post says a little bit about it because I think there is some value to sharing that kind of thing with people so they know they aren’t alone. Just the day from hell.
Geeze and here I thought I was gonna get punted over POTC!!!!
I would like to think I had a hand in Dark Shores. And have mercy on my black sole if that series isn’t screaming to me!
I’m glad we had time to text this after you posted Sat.. let me know how it is going.
Hahah if I remember right your review for Dark Shores is one of the reasons we became friends. It literally sounds like it was written for me.
Pirates of the Caribbean got me so attached to pirates and Johnny depp…
As for everything that’s going on.. things seem to be doing a bit better..
I do believe you are right and then we started talking and you started the top 5 saturday….
I was thinking of a weekly parody tag (not at all mean but funny) but I don’t know if I can come up with enough ideas. It started with a tweet exchange with the author if storm crow… like what.of I did a post where I took my favorite “crow books and changed the Crows to cats” kinda thing. But like you could change dragons to x for example or whatever you want
That idea definitely sounds creative! You should definitely think about it. Typically when I get an idea I try to wind using it. Even if in the end it turns out completely different from the idea I started with. Idk how a parody tag would work but it sounds funny!
It is still rolling around in my mind. LOL– Storm Cats…. Six of Cats… Can’t do Merciful Cats… not with my boys at least lol
Lol I do think it would be really fun
Ha! I love that you listed POTC, Jack Sparrow is amazing, and I love those films. Also knightmare Arkanist sounds amazing, and I already have Dark shores and the bone ships on my TBR thanks to you ????
Yay! More POTC love!!
Get on Dark Shores..
Dark Skies is coming! Hahahahaha
I love the Jack Sparrow reference! You’ve also reminded me of some books you’ve reviewed this yr that I liked the sound of.
Thank you!!! That is sweet! I didn’t know how Jack Sparrow would go down but I loved it! And I’m glad you got introduced to some new books!
Freakin LOVED Dark Shores, and now I got to read Veiled Threat as well and I’m like ‘just give me all the pirate books’ as I’d only ever read like ‘Pirates’ by Rees which I do love lol, but now need all the books
I know!!! I can’t wait for Dark Skies.
And I completely forgot Stars and Teeth which has mermaids and pirates! Super cinnamon mess potential! I have not read Veiled Threat… will have to look into it.