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The Pirate King (Transitions #2)

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Captain Deudermont has sailed to the pirate city of Luskan on a mission--a mission to once and for all defeat the true power behind the corrupt city: a wicked lich and his cabal of evil wizards from the Host Tower of the Arcane. But the Host Tower has some tricks up its sleeve, as do the pirate captains who wou
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Paperback, 396 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Wizards of the Coast (first published 2008)
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Jeff
The Pirate King is the Second novel of the Transitions series by R.A. Salvatore. The hardcover edition was released in the US on July 2009 (reprint edition).

As many know, the Forgotten Realms is changing. With the advent of Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition the FR timeline is being advanced approximately 100 years. The various "Drizzt Novels" so far have been set earlier in the timeline (corresponding with 2nd Edition AD&D and D&D 3rd Edition/ 3.5). The "Transitions Series" is an attempt
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Travis
The Pirate King by R. A. Salvatore- This is the second book in the Transitions trilogy. It picks up a few years after the events in The Orc King. The stories focus is on the ever popular, Drizzt Do'Urden, Captain Deudermont, and the fate of the city named Luskan. As I mentioned, The Orc King was the first book while the third book, The Ghost King, is due out in October 2009.

Captain Deudermont, the captain of the Sea Sprite and a famous pirate hunter, learns that the controller of some of the pir
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Dhuaine
21th instalment of 'Drizzt the soap opera' does not disappoint. After so many years (and volumes) some improvement in author's workshop can be finally observed. The Orc King could be regarded as overdone failure; in The Pirate King the change was more successful.

The main plot arc takes place in Luskan and involves a great transition indeed. High Captains think up an intrigue to gain more power in the city and to kick out Arcane Brotherhood. Captain Deudermont, aided by young Waterdhavian lord, m
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Mical
Oct 23, 2008 Mical rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any fan of fantasy.
Shelves: fantasy
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Well, this one has certainly received a mixed bag of reviews. I have to agree with another reviewer: Drizzt needs a purpose. There is certainly a lot to give him pause in this novel but he appears strangely undecided about things. Of course, characters constantly evolve and develop, which is why we keep coming back for more. I miss Artemis Entreri, who was a great counterpoint to the enigma that used to be Drizzt Do'Urden. Drizzt does receive a new nemesis in this book, but he feels like a poor ...more
Tony
May 10, 2014 Tony rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Forgotten Realms and Drizzt fans
A tale of Luskan, the City of Sails, with a strong cast of characters and many layers of deceit. Salvatore keeps you wondering about our characters motives even after it's conclusion.

Unlike The Orc King, The Pirate King serves a bit better as a standalone novel even though it is the second in the Transitions series. However, there is still a lot the reader can miss if one doesn't have the knowledge of the previous books or of the Forgotten Realms universe - myself included.

There were a few allus
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Kati
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Adriana Rafidz
I love all drizzt books. my fave being the first 3. since this book is near the 22nd book of drizzt, its just about following drizzt's life and the course he takes if u get my meaning. its not like a different adventure with each book. and this goes for almost all the drizzt books which is fine by me.

I love love drizzt do urden and I find him so human. so down to earth, humble, loving yet ferocious and deadly. the excerpts where we read his thoughts just before the start of a new chapter fascin
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Jeremiah Mccoy
The fight scenes are interesting but that is about it. Salvatore has not met a cliche he would not go down on for the first date but he writes a fun fight.
Jimmy
Jan 03, 2014 Jimmy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jimmy by: Science Fiction Book Club
This book was far more interesting because it gave us an over-due brake from the battling orcs and dwarves. On their way to Icewind Dale, to see how their dear friend Wulfgar is doing, Drizzt and Regis pass through Luskan, and try to save the City of Sails from the inevitable coming war. But, the five high captains have a different idea in their power struggle for the ruling control of Luskan. The beginnings of war lead to Deadurmont and his men of Sea Sprite overthrowing the mages of the Hostto ...more
Kelly
The subtitle of this trilogy, Transitions, is so very apt.
Chris
I suppose this is less a review of this book and more a review of Salvatore's body of work to this point. The book itself appears to bridge Book I and Book III by introducing another villain who may or may not be of much consequence going forward, and killing off a regular, but not main character. It focuses almost solely on Drizzt and Regis, with the other Heroes making minor appearances. In a way, the books have become Drizzt-centric, which isn't bad as he is generally the most interesting of ...more
Rosanna
Originally started August 10, 2010.
Started again 1/16/11.
Began again from the beginning, September 2011, reading with a friend. Suggestion: The first 25 pages are dull. Keep reading until you get to 50 or so. You won't want to stop after that.
4.5 stars, lots of action, one of the more enjoyable in the series.

#18 in Salvatore's epic tale. I LOVE this series. Sometimes (random thought) I wonder if Salvatore sits with character sheets and D20 and determines the battles.
I've read, at this point, 1
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Jean
Oct 07, 2009 Jean rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Only people very familiar with Forgotten Realms
Recommended to Jean by: No one
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Emilyanne
I've been a friend of Drizzt for many years.
I loved this book. Salvatore has matured his writing, and Drizzt surely has matured in recent books.
I get that the change and 'growing up' of the stories puts some fans and readers off. Perhaps they miss 'the good old days'.
But I liked traveling along with Drizzt despite the darker aspects of this book-it was more than just reading a story-
as Drizzt revisits Ice Wind Dale and all his memories there- I found myself feeling rather nostalgic myself,
reme
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Christopher
So this Drizzt book actually has some important stuff that happens. The last book mostly could be forgotten as long as you remembered the ending of the book. This one has a bunch of stuff that happens. It gets pretty interesting in the last half of the book. Giant battles for the city of Luskan, Liches, unknown conspirators in dark shadows behind the scenes, all that interesting stuff. There is an introduction of a new character, a crazy dwarf named Athrogate. A fighter with 2 (what Salvatore ca ...more
Brad
This is the second in the Transitions trilogy, and it helps to have read the other books in the Drizzt saga before starting these ones. I enjoyed this book quite a bit more than the Orc King. Similar elements were involved in both, but I guess I'm a lot more excited about intrigue involving characters I care about (Deudermont [honorable pirate hunter and ship captain we met in earlier books:] instead of Obould [orc king with desires to start an orc city instead of just plunder:]).

Cool fight scen
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Jake Scholl
NOTE: “The Pirate King” is the second book in the Transitions Trilogy by R.A Salvatore. The series takes place in the Forgotten Realms world called Faerun, and is about the Dark Elf Ranger Drizzt Do’Urden. If you have no idea who that is, I would read “The Crystal Shard”, then read the book before this one called “The Orc King”. Or read all the prior Drizzt books beforehand.

Tie in fiction is not always crap. I can name a lot of really good fiction written in franchises like HALO, Star Wars, Drag
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Jimmy
Jan 03, 2014 Jimmy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jimmy by: Barnes & Noble.com
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
This book was far more interesting because it gave us an over-due brake from the battling orcs and dwarves. On their way to Icewind Dale, to see how their dear friend Wulfgar is doing, Drizzt and Regis pass through Luskan, and try to save the City of Sails from the inevitable coming war. But, the five high captains have a different idea in their power struggle for the ruling control of Luskan. The beginnings of war lead to Deadurmont and his men of Sea Sprite overthrowing the mages of the Hostto ...more
Steve
It’s been while since I read The Orc King, but surprisingly, there really weren’t overt references to the events from that book. General things, like the alliance between the Dwarves and the Orcs, sure, but there was no need to really remember specifics. I don’t know if that’s necessarily a good thing or bad thing, but either way…It saved me time, not having to reference or skim The Orc King. Overall, The Pirate King was enjoyable, more enjoyable than I thought it would be.

One point that I don’t
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David Williams
The city of Luskan has long been known as a rough port town. The city is run behind the scenes by a rivalry between the five high captains and the great wizards of the Hosttower. This balance of power has become unstable as on of the high captains seeks to increase his power. At the same time the head of the Hosttower is an evil lich who seeks to gain more power as well. The battle for Luskan is then joined by those in Waterdeep who seek to bring order to their neighbor to the north. They recrui ...more
Mike
I almost rated this 5. Almost. Like "The Crystal Shard" two decades prior, this one took a long time to get started. Much of the exposition was necessary, I will admit. This is also probably the most ambitious "conspiracy" Salvatore has attempted. Most of his villains are of the conquering kind, so it's refreshing that he introduces a villain whose mind is his greatest asset and whose physical prowess is only so-so.

Without giving too much away, this is the best book of the Transitions Trilogy.

Th
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Niki Hawkes
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These book are fantastic! I consider them must-reads for fantasy buffs and role-playing gamers alike! The author never fails to deliver fast-paced, well-rounded books. I love them because they manage to build momentum off of one another while still maintaining a fully developed plot within each book. A lot of fun to read, they set the stage for what has erupted into hundreds of Forgotten Realms spinoffs (some of which are quite good).

Salvatore has a great talent of taking y
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Lauren
The Pirate King by R.A. Salvatore is the second book in the Transitions trilogy. It picks up a few years after the events in The Orc King. The story's main focus is on the ever popular Drizzt Do'Urden, Captain Deudermont, and the fate of the City of Luskan.

Captain Deudermont, the captain of the Sea Sprite and a famous pirate hunter, learns that the controller of some of the pirates on the Sword Coast is in the city of Luskan. So Deudermont takes the fight to Luskan, hoping at the same time to im
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Carrie
Ugh. What a chore this book was. It took me three weeks to finish and there were many days I didn't even pick it up. This is one of my favorite series, my favorite character and it was just awful. Salvatore is getting ridiculously boring in his later novels. Pages and pages and pages...and pages of intrigue. I'm incapable of skimming, I have to attempt to understand EVERYthing and sometimes my brain doesn't latch on. The last 40 pages of the book were somewhat interesting with the big reveal/reu ...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
This book just felt off to me. I've generally been a fairly big fan of Salvatore over the years, dating all the way back to the original publication of The Crystal Shard, but I'm gradually finding his books less appealing. While my tastes have changed somewhat, I think it has more to do with some aspect of the writing.

This book is darker than many of his others, but that is not the problem. This subseries trilogy is rightfully called "Transitions" and certainly appears to represent some major ch
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Russ
I'll be honest with you- I am getting so sick of Salvatore's Drizzt books that I got this from the library pretty much just in case I ran out of other things to read during my paternity leave. I started reading it almost reluctantly, but you know what? It sucked me right in, just like pretty much every Salvatore Drizzt book to date.

Salvatore is an extremely talented writer and I think he's really improving as the years pass. He's taken a "well worn" character who has sunk into near cliche territ
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Steve
Salvatore's Forgotten Realms novels have often been criticized for being too predictable and without a true sense of danger for its protagonists. This book is definitely a departure from that formula, and without getting too spoilery, I will say it is a welcome change. Not since The Spine of the World has Salvatore done something so different and dare I say risky? This is the middle book in a trilogy however, so we will see how it all pans out in the end. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surpri ...more
Jacquelyn
Jan 05, 2009 Jacquelyn is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but seems more like its setting up for a bigger plot in the next book so far.I enjoy how the author continues plot so well, and keeps the pace and continuation going where it doesn't make it ever seem like the story ends.. it is written like life.. a continuation instead of one short story about one short event like most books or series. Of course this being book number.. 19 or 20 of the series, it would seem like that wouldn't it >D. As a gamer, I also appreciate how the author in a wa ...more
Daisy
I grabbed The Orc,Pirate,& Ghost King or the "Transitions Trilogy" to have books on the night stand while waiting for others to come in, & The Orc King sucked me back. Not that I haven't enjoyed Salvatore's (Forgotten Realms) Drizzt books. It's just that I have always had other books come in while in the middle of reading a Drizzt book, and went straight to them as soon as I was finished.
Salvatore has been a savior for me with his Drizzt books, when I'm in between a series or waiting fo
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