My saying something is true or a lie has no bearing if that thing is in fact true. When pirates are preparing for war, one wouldn't expect the efforts to be single-minded or well-organized. There is only a loose thread of main plot following the clashes between several band of pirates until near the end where things escalate, but mostly the book forms episodes of fights, storms and debauchery as we get to know the different factions. It should be said that there is plenty of violence, some descriptive sex though thankfully only short scenes and not too many and also some rape included - so it isn't for the faint of heart. Consider this post my response to a reaction. This book is grimdark in its purest form, and it is not ashamed to flaunt the fact.
In fact, the similarities highlight the differences as Drake only has a heart of gold if he ripped it out from someone else's chest. Where My Loyalties Lie In recovery, I rarely question where my loyalties lie. Dark Pirate Captains and even darker monsters. So you really don't need me to convince you to read this book. As a reader we're supposed to be rooting for the supposed villains and condemning the acts of the 'heroes. There are a few utterly evil characters sure, but I think in an environment where rape, murder, and robbery are the norms, that the World is the real bastard here and even the cut-throat pirates do what they do just to survive and they have elements of goodness, ambitions, and hopes.
An addicting tale that offers curious tidbits to keep the reader reading. Hop aboard and let Rob J Hayes sail you off on an adventure! In my opinion, the line between self-published books and traditionally published books is decreasing rapidly, but that's another subject for another time. The ending has 2 or 3 action-packed climactic scenes which were great. When will the Iron Pact acknowledge their only goal is power? For lovers of grimdark, nautical fantasy, or villains as the focus, Where Loyalties Lies is a fantasy story not to be missed and will perfectly build within you a desperate need to get your hands on the next installment of the series. It is pirates in a fantasy setting, who act like the thieves and scoundrels they are. They are growing too numerous and unwary merchants are growing too scarce.
Hayes and feel like it'd be a good time to mention what I think of it well ahead of everyone else. I loved it from start to finish. Jordyn is a sister to Kylie, and she's extremely shocked this could happen, as is the whole family. So don't lose heart and just keep doing those pirate quests and eventually you will get back to Booty Bay rep if, like me, that's what you were interested in. Where Loyalties Lie is written and edited brilliantly. The Empire is burning cities, killing women and children, and are essentially looking to eradicate piracy and all involved whilst manning the largest and greatest warships ever seen. What I didn't understand was that I was now a spy and was actually working for Baron Revilgaz during all of this.
The way it's superbly well written, I truly felt like I knew the characters after a chapter or two, and when I finished the book I kept thinking about them. A person with a secret past who is hunting for a specific thing, Keelin is one of the rare pirates that chooses to avoid bloodshed whenever possible. Hayes is an author who appeared on to my radar when I read his debut The Heresy Within a little over 4 years ago. Where Loyalties Lie is the first book in The Best Laid Plans duology and will be followed up by The Fifth Empire of Man shortly. Even more ashamed to say that is the third book by Rob that I own Plus a novella I think Trust me this will soon be remedied.
I don't think anything that was written here is coincidental and will, therefore, relate to upcoming drama, showdowns, or past revelations. Where Loyalties Lie is an excellent take on pirates in a fantasy setting. Make no mistake, despite the Caribbean-like environment, this book is grimdark. I believe this is set in the same world as and follows the events of The Ties that Bind. I find myself doing this a lot lately.
The plotting is fairly loose. The book revolves around non-romanticized pirates being murderous, filthy, thieving pirates - there are definite moments of levity and the characters come off a little bigger than life, but they are certainly noone's heroes in white. All the main characters are obviously pirates. Where Loyalties Lie is the perfect fusion of Grimdark and epic nautical fantasy that you never thought possible. Everybody knows Captain Drake Morass is only out for himself. You know, if anyone remembers what I said when it's released in may.
I want to raise a daughter who is intelligent, bold, confident, who is equipped to strongly fulfill the roles that God has established for her. No matter what, I invite you to start living in allegiance and loyalty to your highest self and greatest good, and notice what a difference that makes. I loved the story and thought the politics and scheming were done extremely well but I missed the damned ship to ship battles that could have been. Nothing is entirely black and white - while Drake Morrass motivations aren't fully clear and selfless, the situation on the seas makes pirating risky job. My identity as a child of God demands I seek the things of God first.