I read this book as part of a reading challenge. Until then it had lingered at the bottom of my TBR pile. I liked the characters, even the villains. I liked that the story remained in the presence, despite that all that unfolded had roots in the past. The explanations were kept to the minimum needed to continue with the story. Many "events" unfolding in the story where so outrageously unlikely and impossible that there was never a question like "really?" It was pure fun and entertainment and I will order at least the next book in the series,The Pirate Hunter.