‘But why is the rum gone?…?’

This week over at the Fantasy Review Barn we are on the high seas sailing through the tropes of fantasy as part of Nathan’s weekly tough travelling.  This week our topic is:


Grab a map of Fantasyland and you are sure to see there is water.  Of course not everything important is going to happen on land, right?  Sometimes people actually have to get on a boat and hit the water.  Where, being fantasyland, anything can happen.

Fevre Dream by GRRMartin – Abner Marsh is a steamboat captain who dreams of building the finest steamship to sail the waters.  He enters into a partnership with Joshua York but once they finally embark on their travels the nature of Joshua and his real intentions for the boat start to become apparent and his true nature is revealed.

The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence – in which Jal and Snorri continue their strange journey together.  A good deal of their travels take place on the water as they set sail in search of a door to the underworld where he hopes to find his family.

Hero Born by Andy Livingstone is another book that spends a large portion of the book on water.  The main protagonist is captured and put aboard a slaver’s ship to be taken to distant lands.  Along the way his fortunes change dramatically as he attracts the eye of the onboard soothsayer, the captain and one of the more vindictive crew members.  After a pirate attack he becomes a galley slave.  The other rowers keep their own code of conduct and enforce it harshly sometimes involving vicious attack.

The Hobbit by JRRTolkien – Esgaroth or lake town – okay this seems a bit of a cheat but lake town is built on the lake and boats are a necessity of life for all the inhabitants.  Of course, being nestled up alongside a mountain where a sleeping dragon abides is bound to eventually end in misery.

The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.  The House of the Four Winds is a lighthearted novel following the adventures of Princess Clarice who leaves home and takes to the high seas.  This is a fun nautical advenutre with pirates, story oceans and sea monsters.

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch – I can’t help it – I feel compelled to mention the Gentlemen Bastards whenever possible.  Plus, I loved Red Seas Under Red Skies where Jean and Locke are strong armed into playing captain of the ship in order to draw the attention of Zamira Drakasha – a pirate who certain people are keen to bring to justice.

Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan – in which Lady Trent sets off on a two year adventure aboard aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk in order to study dragons.  Along the way she copes not only with stormy seas and shipwreck but the uncovering of more dragon secrets and the threat of warfare.

“Fifteen men on the Dead Man’s Chest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!


31 Responses to “‘But why is the rum gone?…?’”

  1. Bookwraiths

    Some great picks this week. Several pirate-type stories.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m looking forward to everyone’s lists this week – I like nautical/pirate adventures with sea monsters so I’m expecting my tbr to greatly expand this week.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Jenn

    I’ve been meaning to read Voyage of the Basilisk forever! I should really get on that.

    • lynnsbooks

      I’m really enjoying this series – it has a great feel and Lady Trent is such a good character. I love the cover for the next book.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Caitlin Stern

    There’s nothing wrong with mentioning the Gentlemen Bastards whenever possible. It’s a great series!

    Also, I’ve nominated you for the Real Neat Blog award. If you can’t accept it for any reason, don’t worry–you’re still real neat. 🙂 Otherwise, follow the link for the rules: (it’s pretty simple.)


    • lynnsbooks

      I do love the GBs. I suppose it could be boring for ‘none lovers’ to keep reading my constant banging on about them – although, are there really any none loves??? Who are those people!
      Thanks for the nomination. I love your questions.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Bob (@beauty_in_ruins)

    Yah! Somebody else who included Liar’s Key. Since I’m reading it right now, I had to include it. I’ve yet to give Scott Lynch a read, but he’s definitely on my TBR list.

    • lynnsbooks

      I just loved the Liar’s Key – the writing is so good it makes me want to read it all over and just savour each page. Yeah, you should definitely read the Lynch books – they’re so entertaining. How do you choose which series to catch up with – that’s the problem!
      Lynn 😀

  5. Michael Senft

    Good pick with Fevre Dream!

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I read that fairly recently so it was fresh on my mind and it’s a bit different than my other choices which centre more on piratical type activity!
      Lynn 😀

  6. digitaltempest

    Fevre Dream has been on my TBR pile forever. I need to get around to that. The House of the Four Winds, too. I got that during a good Audible deal and I need to make use of it.

    • lynnsbooks

      It’s a very deep read – I really enjoyed it and thought he did a fantastic job of creating this wonderfully sinister atmosphere. The House of the Four Winds was just plain good fun, a really quick read and would be great at this time of year because it kind of has a holiday feel.
      Lynn 😀

  7. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Ah, Fevre Dream… If I had had the time to join the fun this week, it would have gone at the top of my list as well 🙂 And of course there’s always some road (or should I say waterway?) leading to Tolkien!!!

    • lynnsbooks

      Indeed there is – I like to try and get Harry Potter, LotR and the GB’s on my list whenever possible – I’m such a scratched record!
      Lynn 😀

  8. Kaja

    Wow, Esgaroth! Nice, I completely forgot about that though I tried to come up with a Tolkien example for my list.
    Gentleman Bastards were pretty popular this week! 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Gentleman Bastards – pretty much the first example I thought of.
      Lynn 😀

  9. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    Plus, Bilbo rides a barrel in the river. That makes it like an impromptu boat, right?

  10. jessicabookworm

    Great choices as usual. I can’t believe I didn’t think of Lake Town in The Hobbit 🙂 My post will be up tomorrow.

  11. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Great list! 🙂 I haven’t heard of Hero Born before.

    • lynnsbooks

      It wasn’t on my radar and then it popped up on Netgalley and I just really liked the look of it. I thought at first that at was going to be the same as Half a King and there were a few similarities but in actual fact it isn’t the same story and was really quite good.
      Lynn 😀

  12. Nathan

    I thought Red Seas would win this week and thus far have been proven right.

  13. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    *head smack* oh duh, The House of the Four Winds! I can’t believe it I missed that one, the book must have stared me in the face multiple times as I was going through my goodreads, it’s a maritime fantasy through and through. Perfect for this.

    • lynnsbooks

      I thought of you when I added it – I thought you might have it 😀

  14. rudejasper

    Oh the rum – the best part of boat travel:). What did you think of House of the Four Winds? I think it looks like a blast but I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews.

    • lynnsbooks

      The House of Four Winds was, for me, a fun book. If you go into it expecting something deep and meaningful or dark and grim then you could be disappointed. I had a good idea what to expect when I picked it up and it was what I was anticipating so I enjoyed it. Light, quick and easy to read with adventure and high seas shenanigans.
      Lynn 😀

  15. Danya @ Fine Print

    Yes Lynn, why IS the rum gone?! 😉 I would not have thought of The Hobbit, but that’s a great pick. The House of the Four Winds is one that I’ve been meaning to read for ages…gotta get on that!

    • lynnsbooks

      I think the Hobbit was the first thing that came to mind – in fact I was a bit stumped for a while!
      Lynn 😀

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