Today, September 19th, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! And what better way to celebrate than to read a good swashbuckling book? We performed a survey on social media to find out what people's favorite pirate books are, and here are some of the results!
1. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman This book not only has pirates, but princesses, adventure, revenge, swordplay, and of course, true love!
2. The Greatcoats Series, by Sebastien de Castell A fantasy series reminiscent of Dumas's Three Musketeers. A disgraced swordsman, a royal conspiracy, corruption, murder...
3. Aubry & Maturin Series, by Patrick O'Brian Adventure on the high seas in the Napoleonic wars!
4. Captain Blood, by Rafael Sabatini A classic tale of a man convicted of treason, who is sentenced to slavery along with his fellow rebels.
5. Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton Lost treasure, sword fights, and of course, swashbuckling pirates!
6. Where Loyalties Lie, by Rob Hayes The tale of a man who tries to unite pirates under his flag in order to claim a crown.
7. The Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch Thieves, con artists, and dark fantasy adventure.
8. The Bloody Jack series, by L.A. Meyer A series geared toward younger readers that adults can still enjoy!
9. The Scimitar Seas series by Chris A. Jackson "By blood, by wind, by water and wave, loyal as one, or a watery grave..."
10. Tales of the Ketty Jay series by Chris Wooding Really fun series about sky pirates! Very reminiscent of Firefly.
So drop anchor, grab some rum, and settle in for a good read, ye scurvy naves!
Melanie R. Meadors is an author of fantasy where heroes don't always carry swords and knights in shining armor often lose to nerds who study their weaknesses. She has edited two upcoming genre anthologies, MECH: Age of Steel and HATH NO FURY, and is the science and pop culture blogger at The Once and Future Podcast. You can find her at her website, melaniermeadors.com, on Facebook, and Twitter, @melaniermeadors.