High Skies Piracy

by Elliot Moors

Original ONGOING Action Fantasy Romance Sci-fi Female Lead Magic Male Lead Multiple Lead Characters Strategy
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On Solam, pirates raid the skies armed with deadly magic.

Stephan has lived a quiet, sheltered life of hard work and academic pursuits. He married for business, not for love.

Truth be told, he's a pansy.

Now he's on a pirate ship held aloft with arcane energies. Trapped in a steel box with criminals of the worst sort.

How does a reasonable man survive in a place such as this? Will he return home, or will he be seduced by the wild vices of freedom and open air?

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: Shuttle to Nowhere, Part 1 (START OF 'FAMILY MAN' ARC) ago
Chapter 1: Shuttle to Nowhere, Part 2 ago
Chapter 2: The Grand Tour ago
Chapter 3: Can't Hack It ago
Chapter 4: Landfall ago
Chapter 5: The Spider ago
Chapter 6: The Choice ago
Chapter 7: The Job, Part 1 ago
Chapter 7: The Job, Part 2 (END OF 'FAMILY MAN' ARC) ago
Chapter 8: Adventure on the Horizon (START OF 'BIRTH OF A GENTLEMAN' ARC) ago
Chapter 9: Unstable Sorcery ago
Chapter 10: A Cursed Vessel ago
Chapter 11: Unauthorized Deviation ago
Chapter 12: Swashbucklin', Part 1 ago
Chapter 12: Swashbucklin', Part 2 ago
Chapter 13: Just Rewards ago
Chapter 14: Bottom of a Bottle ago
Chapter 15: Big Day (END OF ‘BIRTH OF A GENTLEMAN’ ARC) ago
Chapter 16: The Manhunt (START OF ‘THE CHARMER’ ARC) ago
Chapter 17: The One Who Got Away ago
Chapter 18: Loss and Revenge ago
Chapter 19: Guilt ago
Chapter 20: The Glint of Gold (END OF 'THE CHARMER' ARC) ago
Chapter 21: Still Waters (START OF 'WESTWARD' ARC) ago
Chapter 22: Hard Landing ago
Chapter 23: Headhunting ago
Chapter 24: A Lesson in Brutality ago
Chapter 25: The Survivors ago
Chapter 26: Easy Money ago
Chapter 27: The Price ago
Chapter 28: Cut ago
Chapter 29: Greener Pastures ago
Chapter 30: Parrrlay ago
Chapter 31: Two Madmen Walk Into a Bar ago
Chapter 32: Afterparty (END OF 'WESTWARD' ARC) ago
Chapter 33: Cash Prize (START OF 'BEST ENEMIES' ARC) ago
Chapter 34: Curfew ago
Chapter 35: Clean Plate ago
Chapter 36: Tumba at Dusk ago
Chapter 37: Goodbye for Now (END OF 'BEST ENEMIES' ARC) ago
Chapter 38: Go Fish (START OF 'THE LOVE BOAT' ARC) ago
Chapter 38 Hot Welcome ago
Chapter 40: Blue Haze ago
Chapter 41: Last Laugh ago
Chapter 42: Captain of Nothing ago
Chapter 43: Children of Strife (END OF 'THE LOVE BOAT' ARC) ago
Chapter 44: A Splendid Mess (START OF 'THE FINAL PIECE' ARC) ago
Chapter 45: A Visitor ago
Chapter 46: Lies and Truths ago
Chapter 47: Best Laid Plans ago
Chapter 48: "Safe" House ago
Chapter 49: Huddle ago
Chapter 50: Pesky Emotions ago
Chapter 51: A Little Light (END OF 'THE FINAL PIECE' ARC) ago
Chapter 52: Burn (START OF 'GO FOR GOLD' ARC) ago
Chapter 53: Race the Dawn ago
Chapter 54: Kinslayer ago
Chapter 55: Echo of the Ancestors ago
Chapter 56: Those who Remain (END OF BOOK ONE) ago

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Pirates, fighting, enticing characters and magic!!! What’s not to love? 

The characters are very in depth, you can see the writer shine through, which I personally love to see in a story. 

I also find fantasy pirates to be a very intriguing concept! And so far I’m very impressed as it has all the regular components you’d find in high fantasy, but it comes with a twist! 

So far the story is very intriguing and I’m finding it hard to stop thinking about the characters! I think the writer does a good job at expressing the characters emotions and pulling you in, so you feel entangled with the character, and you really feel for them. 

The descriptions and landscape are great, incredibly rustic. It’s not hard at all to envision the story in your mind!

Overall, I can’t find many, if any faults in this story, especially giving it’s a web serial! 

Well done! 

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I found the opening to be rather intriguing. The predicament that Stephan found himself in at the start of the plot was interesting; I wasn't sure at first how he would get out of it. From the very start, I found myself invested in Stephan's situation. It was easy to get a sense of how dire being held captive by the slavers was for Stephan. 

The characters introduced over the course of the next chapters all felt like they had distinct personalities. I thought that Yin in particular was a fascinating character. I interpreted her behavior around Stephan at the start to be a result of shyness. The dynamic she has with Stephan was interesting, which I think is a result of the way it was written. We have the scene where Stephan wants Yin to help him cook, as well as the one where Yin shows up to help Stephan with the two men. The scenes are spaced out in a way that I couldn't help but want more of Yin and Stephan's interactions.

Overall, the prose is solid and flows fairly nicely. I like the way the world is introduced as the plot progresses. It isn't too fast or too slow-- I think the pace in which the world is revealed is a perfect balance.

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Excellent adventures of a great found family

Great story with exciting characters filling out a great world.

I love the found family we have here, and i also like how each of the characters undergo their own arcs that explain their interpersonal relationships with each other. You get enough PoV's to really get to know them, see how and why they act the way they do and what makes them tick.

That being said. The MC has a habit of getting a bit lost in the dialogue. He is often a spectator to the more whacky characters antics. This is especially true in scenes taking place on board ships. Where the crews knowledge, teamwork and skill is on display. Meanwhile the MC kind of just.. exists.

That being said, combat is done excellently. fast paced and frantic conveying the motion of the fights through simple and easy to understand language. Though i did have to look up a few weapons being used later on as they get quite exotic. We do get to learn with the MC about much in this world. But after the first couple of arcs, and most of the learning is done, the problems i meantioned earlier start to arrise.

9/10 for the first 28 chapters

8.5/10 for the later chapters as stephan is forced to share the spotlight more.

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I love the idea of the novel, it is set in a great world and the author builds off the foundation he made. 

The story flows well, it is well written, and with okay grammar. 

I will love the map at the start, gives a clear picture of the world we will be traveling. 

Great character introduction and the intricate with each other, showing the chemistry that they have with each other. 


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Pirates and Airships, What Else Can I Say?

First off, I want to admit that I have a bias toward pirates and airships. Growing up a Final Fantasy fan, my love of the movie, Treasure Planet, and being a fan of One Piece all makes me a sucker for this setting and story.

That being said, this story has plenty of objective merits as well. The setting is detailed with enough worldbuilding lurking at the edges of the plot to hint that the author has thought a lot about the world. The maps provided with the story speak to that as well; they remind me of the maps I found in books I read during my childhood and teenage years.

The world itself has a lot of interesting fantasy elements that meld together to form an interesting whole. On their own, some of the elements aren't completely unique but in the context of the world, they made me wonder about how they fit into the larger picture. All in all, it's a great setting for a high flying adventure story.

As for the story, I won't say much but it does the job of stimulating a sense of adventure. Stephan works well as an agent for the reader to see the world through because he is a repressed pencil pusher at the beginning and must slowly open up to find who he really is while exploring the world in search of ancient treasure with his crew. Mystery, adventure, and action make the plot satisfying to read as it ramps up.

Lastly, the characters. I'll admit, at first, I wasn't as keen on some of them. Not because I disliked them but because they didn't catch my interest. However, as Stephan acclimates to the crew and life as a pirate and through POV switches, we learn more about each of member of the Tits Up! which reveals the individuality hidden under their archetypal surface. Additionally, Stephen himself isn't merely a vehicle for the reader. He has his own motivations as he grows closer to the crew and balances out the crew's high octane personalities with his own. They make a great cast of renegades with their skills, antics, and, most importantly, the familial bonds they build during the story.

Ultimately, this story is a fun adventure filled with interesting and likable characters. It reminds me of movies like Treasure Planet and Atlantis, and video games like Skies of Arcadia, most of the early entries in the Final Fantasy series, and a bit of Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. If you like any of those things, or just want a good magitech adventure story, I recommend reading.