Garth Nix. Beyond the Sea Gates of the Scholar Pirates of Sarskoe. (The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 3)

Originally in Fast Ships, Black Sails.

Originally from a piratical fantasy collection, Nix has some interesting backstory underpinning an assault on a seemingly impregnable fortress. There is treasure to be had, but Hereward and his small magically animated puppet, Mr Fitz, have another reason – the removal of an unauthorised godlet. There’s a cannibalistic half-leopardess pirate, lots of swashbuckling, cthulhian monsters in the deep, and a sense of it being but one adventure in the life of its protagonists, and clearly a closer link to space opera than you might think, me hearties.

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