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Great Pirate Books – Top Ten Tuesday #28

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl at the start of this year. This week’s prompt was ‘Hidden Gems’ – as much as I wish I was a connoisseur of unfound bookish treats, I think I probably read much of what everyone else does. So I went another way, and I’ve done ‘Great Books With Pirates’, – why pirates you ask? Well, pirates look for Hidden Gems. Get it? Some of these I’ve read, some I’ve simply been recommended but all of them promise piracy and pillaging on the high seas.


This book is the first of the Liveship Traders series which is the second trilogy in Hobb’s epic Realms of the Elderlings Series. This whole series has been on my TBR a while but this series in particular sounds especially fascinating featuring a ship imbued with magic, plots, scheming and a family rivalry and all that great fantasy stuff that Hobb is a master at crafting.10. Ship of Magic

by Robin Hobb

This book is the first of the Liveship Traders series which is the second trilogy in Hobb’s epic Realms of the Elderlings Series. This whole series has been on my TBR a while but this series in particular sounds especially fascinating featuring a ship imbued with magic, plots, scheming and a family rivalry and all that great fantasy stuff that Hobb is a master at crafting.

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I read this earlier this year and loved it. The pirate ship in this tale is led by Captain Elian who also happens to be the Prince of Midas, which is one of the most powerful kingdoms in this world. The pirate aspect of this book is a little second to the mermaid/mythology aspect but all good fun, at the same time.9. To Kill A Kingdom

by Alexandra Christo

I read this earlier this year and loved it. The pirate ship in this tale is led by Captain Elian who also happens to be the Prince of Midas, which is one of the most powerful kingdoms in this world. The pirate aspect of this book is a little second to the mermaid/mythology aspect but all good fun, at the same time.

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This one has had great reviews from most of the reviewers I follow and as the name suggests, centres around the Daughter of the Pirate King, Alosa and her hunt for a secret map and some forbidden treasure only to be taken hostage by a rival crew – or is that what she had planned the whole time?8. Daughter of the Pirate King

by Tricia Levenseller

This one has had great reviews from most of the reviewers I follow and as the name suggests, centres around the Daughter of the Pirate King, Alosa and her hunt for a secret map and some forbidden treasure only to be taken hostage by a rival crew – or is that what she had planned the whole time?

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Possibly the most famous pirate of all time, Captain Hook and his crew go about their piracy only to be thwarted in their efforts by his arch-nemesis – Peter Pan. This is a story everyone knows very well but it makes it no less brilliant and deserving of its status as a children’s classic.7. Peter Pan

by J. M Barrie

Possibly the most famous pirate of all time, Captain Hook and his crew go about their piracy only to be thwarted in their efforts by his arch-nemesis – Peter Pan. This is a story everyone knows very well but it makes it no less brilliant and deserving of its status as a children’s classic.

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This is a modern classic that inspired by the original story and canon of Peter Pan. In this tale Peter I a captain and he and his crew sail the Never Land, a ship holding mysterious cargo they are tasked to deliver to an island ruled by an evil king.6. Peter & the Starcatchers

by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

This is a modern classic that inspired by the original story and canon of Peter Pan. In this tale Peter I a captain and he and his crew sail the Never Land, a ship holding mysterious cargo they are tasked to deliver to an island ruled by an evil king.

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This book collects the Assassin’s Curse duology in which a Pirate Captain’s daughter, Ananna jumps ship (pun intended) when her parents try to force her into an arranged marriage. This will trigger a series of events that will lead Ananna to an unlikely ally and a dangerous adventure that may well cost her everything.5. Magic of Blood and Sea

by Cassandra Rose Clarke

This book collects the Assassin’s Curse duology in which a Pirate Captain’s daughter, Ananna jumps ship (pun intended) when her parents try to force her into an arranged marriage. This will trigger a series of events that will lead Ananna to an unlikely ally and a dangerous adventure that may well cost her everything.

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This is the second book in The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, possibly my all-time favourite fantasy series, and includes not only piracy but a heist and my very favourite fiction con artist, Locke Lamora. You could read this as a standalone, though it will ruin the events of the first book. In this instalment, Locke finds himself aboard The Poison Orchid led by Captain Zamira Drakasha, the most badass mum/pirate lady you’ll ever meet.4. Red Seas Under Red Skies

by Scott Lynch

This is the second book in The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, possibly my all-time favourite fantasy series, and includes not only piracy but a heist and my very favourite fiction con artist, Locke Lamora. You could read this as a standalone, though it will ruin the events of the first book.  In this installment, Locke finds himself aboard The Poison Orchid led by Captain Zamira Drakasha, the most badass mum/pirate lady you’ll ever meet.

Follow little Jim Hawkins in this classic tale as he hunts hidden treasure and thwarts bloodthirsty pirates – not least of all, the formidable Long John Silver. I haven’t read this one but I have seen the cartoon and remember it being full of pirate shenanigans, and I can see why it has survived the test of time.3. Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Follow little Jim Hawkins in this classic tale as he hunts hidden treasure and thwarts bloodthirsty pirates – not least of all, the formidable Long John Silver. I haven’t read this one but I have seen the cartoon and remember it being full of pirate shenanigans, and I can see why it has survived the test of time.

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This fantastic modern fairy-tale introduces the infamous Dread Pirate Roberts and though I haven’t read it, the fact that it is widely regarded as one of the few books with a film adaption as good as the original is enough to make me think it will be great when I get round to it – I mean this is the book that promises ‘a fairy tale like no other, of fencing, fighting, torture, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, hunters, bad men, good men, beautifulest ladies, snakes, spiders, beasts, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passions and miracles.’ How could they go wrong?2. The Princess Bride

by William Goldman

This modern fairy-tale introduces the infamous Dread Pirate Roberts and though I haven’t read it, the fact that it is widely regarded as one of the few books with a film adaption as good as the original is enough to make me think it will be great when I get round to it – I mean this is the book that promises ‘fencing, fighting, torture, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, hunters, bad men, good men, beautifulest ladies, snakes, spiders, beasts, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passions and miracles.’ How could they go wrong?

This book has jumped to the top of my TBR, not least of all because it is the very loose inspiration of the 4th Pirates of the Caribbean movie of the same name, which I actually rather enjoyed, though I know I’m in the minority. This fantastical tale features Blackbeard, indigenous folklore and the discovery of the fountain of youth, set in the Golden Age of piracy.1. On Stranger Tides

by Tim Powers

This book has jumped to the top of my TBR, not least of all because it is the very loose inspiration of the 4th Pirates of the Caribbean movie of the same name, which I actually rather enjoyed, though I know I’m in the minority. This fantastical tale features Blackbeard, indigenous folklore and the discovery of the fountain of youth, set in the Golden Age of piracy.

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Have you read any of these adventures on the high seas? What did you think? Let me know and don’t forget to post your Top Ten Tuesday links in the comments!

Until next time!

So in a completely out of the blue (pun intended … you’ll sea) interpretation of this week’s ‘Hidden Gems’ prompt I present a list of pirate books you will most definitely want to sail the high seas to read.

 

24 thoughts on “Great Pirate Books – Top Ten Tuesday #28

  1. Great choices, but have you read Alex and the Ironic Gentleman by Adrienne Kress? Action, adventure, proof that mean old ladies are actually mean old ladies. . .it’s a fun read that I just can’t recommend enough!

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  2. I love pirates (in books – in real life they are probably pretty scary!). My favourite book with pirates from this list has to be Peter Pan. My son is currently reading a book called Sky Thieves by Dan Walker, about futuristic pirates, it looks great!

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  3. I love pirates! (In books at least, I expect they are pretty scary in real life!) My favourite book with pirates from your list has got to be Peter Pan. My son is currently reading a book called Sky Thieves by Dan Walker, about futuristic pirates, it looks like a great adventure!

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  4. Admittedly I used to be such a bookworm years ago but since I started blogging, I started to find less and less time for it. I used to read Peter Pan ALL the time when I was younger though and I still adore it now, although I’m a little tiny bit terrified of Captain Hook to this day. I actually loved On Stranger Tides as well, I don’t get why so many people don’t like it! I love the sound of The Princess Bride, I might have to give that one a read 🙂

    Alice {www.accordingtoalicex.com}

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  5. I absolutely loved Robin Hobb’s Liveship trilogy. I have that copy of Peter Pan still sealed. I really should give it a read. I will have to look into the other books you have mentioned.

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