Rare’s Sea of Thieves has been out for over a month at this point, and if you haven’t had your fill of the pirate life it offers, there’s a book from Titan Books that may help quench your pirating thirsts. The book is called Tales from the Sea of Thieves, and it recounts the tales of one Captain Flameheart, with other pirates also making their own contributions.
The book is written as if it were an actual journal of a Captain sailing the Sea of Thieves looking to plunder and pirate their way to glory, so it’s not just some sort of generic guide for the game. In fact, it’s a companion piece, and one that adds more lore to the game’s world by injecting the tales of the pirates that are featured within it. Paul Davies is the author, but he has written it in the voice of Flameheart, which provides a more true-to-life portrayal of the game’s world.
While this books isn’t a guide per se, you could possibly argue that it offers up tips based on some of the stories featured that players could use in the game, but it isn’t designed to be a book to help players gain an edge in the game. It is meant to flesh out its world, and bring more narrative weight to it.
The content itself is a mix of observations from Flameheart and company about the places they’ve been, or the treasures they seek, but it features other items such as detailed descriptions of the Captain’s ship and sailing tactics in general. It truly does come off as a ship Captain’s journal, but it gets some added flair thanks to the chicken scratch of other pirates who “got a hold of” the journal and added their own notes to the Captain’s revelations. These little bit add some pirate humor to the book, which also helps to sell it as a real pirate Captain’s journal.
I do have to say that my favorite aspect of the book are the drawings and water color paintings scattered throughout it. The book itself is meant to look old and weathered, so the pages appear yellowish and burnt looking, but even with the drab background, the art pops off the pages. The watercolor paintings stand out, but all of the accompanying images and diagrams just make the book feel more alive and like a pirate’s journal.
Like I said earlier, if you are a fan of Sea of Thieves, but want a bit more lore to explore, then this book will check that box. You can pick it up from Amazon for $25.
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