Running Close to the Wind

Tor.com. Jun. 2024. 448p. ISBN 9781250802538. $29.99. FANTASY
Avra Helvaçi is a former Arasti Ministry of Intelligence field agent, tasked with discovering and delivering information all over. Now Avra has accidentally stolen the biggest, most costly secret of his country. No one will believe this was unintentional, so Avra takes to the high seas to escape, landing on the ship of his occasional lover, pirate captain Teveri az-Haffar. Teveri would rather boot Avra back into the sea, but Avra convinces them to go with him to the Isles of Lost Souls, a pirate republic far from his pursuers. There, Avra and Teveri will sell the secret to the highest bidder, profit, and become legends. Will they let pesky government officials, a secretive, sexy, and celibate priest who has joined the pirate ship’s crew, or the sea-serpent breeding season get in their way? Maybe.
VERDICT Rowland (A Taste of Iron and Gold) dials up the humor, innuendo, and laugh-out-loud escapades in this pirate novel. Fans of the show Our Flag Means Death should definitely take a look.
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