(This review may contain spoilers).
I bought this book a while back and only just found myself with a good reason to read it, as part of a reading challenge.
I actually enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would, considering there were a lot of fairly sadistic tendencies in the book, especially between Baltsaros and Tom. I wasn’t really sure of what to make of Tom for a lot of the book, but I couldn’t help but feel a lot of empathy for him throughout the whole book.
I would have liked to see a bit more of Jon’s skills, considering that it seemed to have made him famous enough for a pirate captain to find him a valuable addition. I’m not a big fan of relationships that start off with a character being kidnapped and imprisoned by their potential love interest, but I felt that did work for this book.
It was really good to see the depth to the three main characters in this book, though it really wasn’t clear how much was true about what was revealed about Tom. There was a savagery about him that the other characters referenced but never really came out.
I liked the fact that, especially between Jon and Baltsaros, they switched off between dominant and submissive. It was really good to see how differently they each viewed their relationship; and even though he was very much an antihero, it was good to see that Baltsaros didn’t really change his personality and become a perfect partner after he and Jon got together.
I was left with a lot of questions about Baltsaros and even by the end of the book, I still kind of saw him as more of a villain than a good guy. Considering the clear amount of secrets he was still hiding from Jon, I can’t really see them having a healthy relationship until/unless Baltsaros opens himself up more to Jon.
I liked the elements of action in this book as well, but I would have liked to be able to meet a few more members of the crew, as there were only a handful who I could really picture in my mind.
I enjoyed seeing the relationship forming between the three characters and I found this book drew me in really well. I would definitely read the next books in this trilogy at some point in the future.