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The Pirates of Pacta Servanda

(The Pillars of Reality #4)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,512 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Listening time 11 hr. 32 min.

"The world feels oddly strained, like a line pulled too taunt and apt to snap, smashing everything in its path."

Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain have survived every attempt to stop them, but their enemies are determined to kill Mari, the only one who can save her world from a storm of destruction. As armies begin to gather and cities seethe
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Published January 12th 2016 by Audible Studios
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Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
Re-read August 2016 - just as fantastic as the first time. Mechanics Allie, Calu, and Ken are a treat. I loved the way every time the group took over a ship or a guild hall, they'd hear celebrating from those taken prisoner -


So much in this book was smile-inducing and even laugh out loud funny. The relationship between Mari and Alain continues to evolve - and finally Alain is starting to rise up and even out the relationship. In the past, Mari has been finding her footing as the chosen
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Pirates of Pacta Servanda marks a big change in the story. Instead of Alain and Mari by themselves against the Guilds, Mari steadily gains a small army of mechanics, mages and commons by the end of this book. Instead of fighting to survive, Mari now goes on the offensive with strategic attacks. The book is also darker, as both Alain and Mari grapple with the magnitude of the task they have ahead of them and the consequences of failure.

After miraculously surviving the assassins in Altis, Mari
Samuel Vega
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wiebke (1book1review)
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
The story just gets better and more and more people join Alain and Marie. Can't wait to see what happens next.
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Pillars of Reality Series keeps clipping along at a strong pace, adding depth to characters and introducing new threats at every turn. Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain are running from the great guilds and the empire, desperate to finally find a way to be free of their reign. They are under attack from all sides, as they search with their new friends and allies to find a place to build for the future.

The gripping thing about these books isn't the death defying escapes from ridiculously o
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
These really are getting better with each one. I'm still finding some of the necessary character growth of the MC to be a bit predictable and pedestrian, but the story, characters, and world building are exceptional.
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
Minor rant before I get to the review. Many of you have heard of the Sad Puppy/Rabid Puppy campaigns. These campaigns claim that they are standing up for non-political, less message focused works. If this was the case, I might have had a bit of sympathy for them... but IMHO, Sad Puppy/Rabid Puppy or whatever they want to call themselves are merely groups of like-minded writers seeking to corrupt the nomination procedure by political shenanigans in order to increase visability for their mostly me ...more
Paola Arcia
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Dang it! I thought this was the last book of the series! I actually just found the series about a month ago and I was feeling smug because I thought I didn't have to wait long for the last book. I thought wrong =(

Having said that, it's a great continuation of Mari's & Alain's story. We get to see how this plan of theirs is going to work and we get glimpses of the a future. I can't hardly wait! The only thing is that Mari is a whiner and at times it gets old and annoying but I forgive her bec
Lynn Worton
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is the fourth book in a fantastic epic fantasy series called The Pillars of Reality. I absolutely loved it!

Mari is a fantastic character. I liked her immediately when I met her in the first book. I love her determination to do the right thing, even at the cost of her own life. A Master Mechanic, Mari has faced many threats to her life from the Guild Masters on the world of Dematr and survived. Mari has been foreseen by Mages to be 'The Daughter of Jules' and fated to free the world of
Got My Book
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Also posted on my blog Got My Book.


Despite a few small issues, it has joined the previous books in high rotation on my audio player.

The Pirates of Pacta Servanda by Jack Campbell, read by MacLeod Andrews, published by Audible Studios (2016) / Length: 11 hrs 32 min

This is #4 of 5 (so far) in "The Pillars of Reality" series. The final book (#6), The Wrath of the Great Guilds, will be released on audio on 8/1/16 (and in other formats approximately 90 day
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars. Gave 4 stars, but this was weakest of books so far; story was not advanced much.
Feels a bit like filler
Mary Catelli
Book four. Massive spoilers for The Dragons of Dorcastle, The Hidden Masters of Marandur, and The Assassins of Altis ahead.

Since it does, after all, open with Mari and Alain on shipboard, with their allied Mages and Mechanics, and all the crew aware that Mari is the daughter. Which is why she's having nightmares of them all dying and its being her fault. . . .

Pirates try to take them. And then they learn there is a ship laden with Mechanics held prisoner by Mechanics and turn pirate themselves a
It took me a long time to start this series, the blurb on the back of the first book just wasn't that interesting...

But it kept showing up, and I eventually started to read...

The whole series as FAST as I could!

To date I think this has been one of the most masterful uses of dialogue to move a truly spectacular story forward at break neck speed, while also allowing deep insight into the characters themselves!

There were times in the series when I was excited to find out just how the character's
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Still going strong! The story is moving along at a great pace and the world continues to grow and feel real. The characters continue to make me laugh but also have very real failings and struggles. At times it feels like Mari wallows in the weight of her responsibilities and fears. Other than that, LOVING IT! Stayed up far too late the past few days listening to this latest installment. :D
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, fantasy
Every time I read (listen) one of the books in this series I just can't pace myself.
Dragons! Magic! Mechanics! Pirates!
MacLeod Andrews is an amazing narrator too.
I can't wait for the next book in this series and I will devour it as I devoured the other one.
Go read or listen, right now!
Steven House
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't know why, but I love this story so much. I cry begging for more at the end of each book.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Overall, I greatly enjoyed this book. It's kinda annoying that it took four books for the series to really take off and live up to the potential I saw in the first book. Each book has been pretty good and engaging, but this one definitely hit a better level of action and character blossoming which I enjoy. Alain and Mari finally reduce their relationship awareness and discussions to a much more tolerable level (though their relationship is pretty much a teenager's perfect dream...). But the best ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The annoyances I had in the previous book about everyone always arguing about who gets to die for someone else have definitely continued here, and been added to a growing frustration that everyone stops to have long philosophical discussions during high pressure action sequences completely absent from any sense of hurry! That said, these are the kind of frustrations one gets when listening to one author continuously for a long period of time, and the mere fact that I'm doing so speaks to the ser ...more
Donna Weaver
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain have survived every attempt to stop them, but their enemies are determined to kill Mari, the only one who can save her world from a storm of destruction. As armies begin to gather and cities seethe with tension, Mari, Alain, and their friends must prepare to confront the storm in the place it first appeared: the broken kingdom of Tiae.

The dangers facing them demand perilous raids, tough battles, and more than a little piracy. Beating the Mechani
Jorge de la Vega
This volume is less about prophesies of the New Day Mari will supposedly bring and more about actually getting their butts in gear and doing it. The party begins to form up with many of their allies, old and new, finally coming together to give shape to the rebellion this young Master Mechanic is to lead. There's quite a bit of blatant foreshadowing sprinkled here and there of what we should expect come the next two installments, but for the most part this is the "gather up and take stock" volum ...more
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the fourth book in the Pillars of Reality series. This book has quite a few characters coming to maturity. Mari has stopped whining and Alain is growing into a wise mage. As they work together with the citizens of Tiae to rebuild the country, plans for the coming storm continue. This book continued with a faster pace of adventure, and was easy to follow. As characters continue to grow and develop, so does the story. You can definitely start to see the direction the story will take to con ...more
Alissa Thorne
I got this book by mistake, thinking it was a different series.

The things that were bugging me about The Pillars of Reality series got markedly better in this book. Mari grew up a bit and stopped being quite so insufferable, Alain is starting to assert himself.

I still won't continue the series on purpose, but this one turned out to be a much more enjoyable read than the previous three books.
Nai Wang
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OH NO YOU DIDN'T Jack Campbell!!! But you did, you had to show your roots! Well, I won't spoil anything but this was a fantastic 4th book in the series. It has pirates (arrrrrrr) dragons, trolls, roc and flying mechanics. The romance is not annoying anymore and I can understand how the character arcs were written that way. Best part is the team comes together so it's not just Marie and Alain. Now she has a wonderful supporting cast of misfits out to blow up the world! mwhahahahahahahaah
brenda minnis
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They will never change

How many times have you been told "we always do it this way" when something different is being suggested. Well Marie has challengedo her teachers and they want her dead. They even sent her into an ambush to kill her. But little did they know that a young talented Mage was being set up for the same reason. Together, the mechanic Maria and the Mage Alain have worked together. Together they have lived through many attacksm
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, gave-up
I think I'm stopping this series. I'm not sure why I read this one when I realized two books ago that I didn't really care for the plot line which is pretty weak. I just kept hoping it would get better and I liked Alain's character, although almost every character is pretty weak in the development department. I guess I have a fear of not finding a new series that I'll like, so I'll just stick with a series I know and don't enjoy (that makes no sense, I am aware). Oh well.
Virginia Lee Boylan
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
I love this series, and while I didn’t enjoy this book as much as its predecessor, it did an excellent job of continuing and developing the story. Some of their feats seemed almost too easy. I kept expecting something horrible to happen during the piracy at sea. Complications like another dragon, a troll, and the Assassins were handled without too much in the way of casualties. I’m keen to see where the next book takes us.
Steven Xiong
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
This is one of those I pick up while I'm waiting on other books to come out. This one reminded me why I wasn't into this series. A little to lovee dovee for my taste. Everything in the book seem to just work out perfectly every time. We need an army bam we got one we need to stop the enemies bam bird coming out of the sky to help us stop the enemy.
I am starting to think that this series is not meant to be binged. The repetition is starting to irritate me. Also, there were a few audio-editing glitches that took me out of the story when they happened.

Still, this series is amazing.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had to quit reading this book. The writing about the relationship got really tedious and I just couldn't do it anymore. "My mage, this... and My mage that." Ugh!
It was read well but I didn't care for the writing.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, love-love-love
I really like this series. My biggest complaint would have to be these books feel so short. I feel like the things are just getting good. They get to a good point and then it ends. Not truly a complaint.
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Other books in the series

The Pillars of Reality (6 books)
  • The Dragons of Dorcastle (The Pillars of Reality, #1)
  • The Hidden Masters of Marandur (The Pillars of Reality, #2)
  • The Assassins of Altis (The Pillars of Reality, #3)
  • The Servants Of The Storm (The Pillars of Reality, #5)
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