Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Book Review: Sacrificed: Heart Beyond the Spires by Bey Deckard
Sacrificed: Heart Beyond the Spires
(Baal's Heart 2)
by Bey Deckard
Reunited once more, the crew of Baal’s Heart must make the long and treacherous journey south to the towering spires of the Devil’s Isles. The path through the mountain range is fraught with peril; mayhem and tragedy plague the pirate ship, but what the men find beyond the spires is the most shocking of all.
In this sequel to the acclaimed Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas, the pirates are dragged into a dangerous new world by Captain Baltsaros’s all-consuming obsession. In the midst of terror and chaos, Jon learns that the captain and first mate have been keeping secrets from him. But will the truth tear them apart?
Love, lust, obsession and adventure on the high seas.
You will get a lot more out of this book if you've read Caged first, as this one takes place almost directly after the ending of that one. Even though I'd read Caged a while ago, I was still a bit lost at the beginning, trying to remember what happened and who the characters were :) I could have done with a little primer at the beginning to recap what had gone before.
Our three heroes are reunited once again, this time attempting to cross to the other side of some strange rock-formations called the Devil's Isles. Everyone who has passed through there, or at least those who have actually returned, have all gone mad. Tom and Jon are worried about Captian Baltsoros on the journey, whose mental stablility has never been good to begin with.
Things do indeed take a turn for the worse once they are in the midst of the Isles, with crewmate turning against crewmate, strange visions and haunting sepectres on the water. But somehow they get through and discover a tropical jungle and a strange, golden city called Erem’ia Balor. A city rich with gold, but also a city full of blood scarifice.
Unknown to Tom and Jon, this was the very place Baltsaros has sought out.
I'm finding it a little difficult to review this book without spoilers, and I really don't want to spoil it for anyone who is going to read it.
I'm not usually a fan of threesomes, but for Tom, Jon and Baltsoros, it works for them. It is also realistic, with jealousy flaring at certain parts, with each wondering if they are welcome with the other couple. The sex scenes are raw and primal, with a veneer of sensuality that leaves your breathless.
Some parts are violent, including the sex, but these are real pirates, not some romantic Hollywood ideal. They live and breathe violence every day, it is not so surprising that it makes its way into the bedroom as well. I'm not sure I could say that I like Baltsoros; in some parts he is not a very nice character, but he is a compelling one and you can see why Tom and Jon could fall for him.
The story and the love scenes were well balanced, you didn't feel one was overtaking the other. The writing flows well and despite this being the author's second book, it feels as if he's been writing much longer than that.
An intriguing tale, well-told, with mystery and adventure in abundance.
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