Mr. Deckard Strikes again!
Author: Bey Deckard
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Bey Deckard
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
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, 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?
Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰’s View:
Some of what I’m about to say comes with the caveat that this is book two of a trilogy and I’m not clairvoyant.
Sacrificed is as swashbuckling and feverishly paced as Caged. We pick up where Caged left off with Tom trying to sort out his feelings about Bal and Jon, to a lesser extent. He’s still grappling with being tossed aside by Bal but he can’t ignore his growing feelings for Jon. It’s no secret that Tom is my favorite and the fact that we get loads of Tom time made Sacrificed, in many ways, more pleasurable than Caged.
If I start talking about the kinky times we could be here for days, so let’s just say they were amazeballs and leave it at that.
Tom and Jon’s relationship development was what I zeroed in on. They’re the least established of the triad and it evolves delightfully. Tom is possessive and protective and Jon responds to that positively. He gives of himself in ways Bal seems incapable of which bonds them closely together, though Bal is still very much top dog.I’m not sure if the symbolism is intentional or not but I find it touching that the triad concept pervades this series from the number of books to the pyramid where their relationship was cemented in this installment. They are still a bit rough around the edges, but they made significant strides in Sacrificed and their commitment to one another is undeniable.
Of the three, Tom is the most sane, in my opinion. The other two might be smarter, wiser or more cunning but Tom is streetwise. I’d follow him into a war zone any day of the week and twice on Sundays. It is entirely possible I’m biased, but Tom’s characterization seems the most realized. I loved most that he’s always warm. That detail alone brings with it so much information. There were times I could literally visual him-no shoes, no shirt, tan, a bit windblown, smoking his cheroot, being sexy as all get out. Yeah. gulp Also, he makes me laugh especially when he gets riled up which is always a win.
“Bloody fuckin’ cocksuckin’ bloody hells am I fuckin’ glad to see yer fuckin’ face!”
Say fuck one more time. C’mon, please?
Sorry, I went off on a Tom fangirl tangent there.
The Sacrificed adventure begins going through The Devil’s Isles on their way to Erem’ia Balor. We’re going there for reasons only Bal is privy to. Along the way we pick up three fishermen who have a profound impact on the pirates. The Balorians turn out to be a strange cultish society with an egomaniacal emperor hellbent on subjecting others to his “brilliance”, especially Bal. Poor Bal. Their society is lopsided with slaves outnumbering free men and maintained by barbaric rituals. They decide to infiltrate this society and in order to do that Tom has to pretend to be a slave which actually turned out to be therapeutic. I don’t want to go too much into the plot. You should experience that for yourselves. I will say, there didn’t seem to be as many plot twists as there were in Caged, but it was no less exciting and all three men get tested in different ways.
Questionable ethics come with the pirate territory, and I understand trying to assimilate and all, but Jon is evolving in unsettling ways. I’m left wondering if some of his behavior can be tied to the ship itself and/or if it explains why his empath skills seem to now be haphazard at best. What’s to become of Bal and his transformation still remains to be seen, all of which leaves me frothing at the mouth for book three. Plus, Tom. Can’t get enough of Tom. Fingers crossed for a single tail.
Needless to say if you liked book one, book two is a must read. If you enjoy fantasy, swashbuckling adventure, pirates and/or kink this entire series is for you.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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