header logo

30 Best Pirate Books of All Time

Our goal: Find the best Pirate books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best pirate books" into our search engine and study the top 5+ pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2024)

As an Amazon Associate, we earn money from purchases made through links in this page.

Last Updated: Monday 1 Jan, 2024

Mobile CoverDesktop Cover
    Treasure Island

    Treasure Island

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  2. 5
    A General History of the Pyrates
  3. 6
    Peter Pan

    Peter Pan

    J. M. Barrie

  4. 7
    The Scar

    The Scar

    Bas-Lag, Book 2

    China Miéville

  5. 8
    The Princess Bride

    The Princess Bride

    William Goldman

  6. 13
    Pirate Latitudes

    Pirate Latitudes

    A Novel

    Michael Crichton

  7. 14
  8. 15
    On Stranger Tides
  9. 16
    Captain Blood

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  10. 17
    Shiver Me Letters
  11. 19
    Sweet Vengeance
  12. 20
    The Unbinding of Mary Reade
  13. 21
    The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  14. 22
    Pirate Princess

    Pirate Princess

    Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

  15. 23
    Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates
  16. 24
    Pirate Girl

    Pirate Girl

    Cornelia Funke

  17. 26
    Small Saul

    Small Saul

    Ashley Spires

  18. 29
    Daniela the Pirate

    Daniela the Pirate

    Susanna Isern

  19. 30
    Pirate Legends

    Pirate Legends

    Jill Keppeler


  • What are some great pirate-themed books that involve adventure and treasure hunting?

    If you're looking for a swashbuckling great pirate adventure filled with treasure hunts, you'll want to dive into stories where the pirate captain and his loyal pirate crew embark on epic voyages. Expect to find narratives where pirate ships plow through treacherous waters and the characters are as bold as they are cunning. We have a variety of great pirate books that showcase these thrilling escapades, which are not only great adventures but also great books in their own right. Check out our recommendations to find a tale that suits your taste among the stars of pirate literature!

  • Can you suggest a pirate-fiction novel that's suitable for the whole family to enjoy?

    Yes, when it comes to pirate-fiction that's suitable for the family, we have several titles that are full of fun and adventure, minus the grittier aspects often associated with pirate tales. These stories often have a good pirate protagonist who embarks on a quest that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. They are perfect for a family reading session on the beach or as a nightly read before bed, where the pirate adventure can further bring together the family among the pirates of fiction.

  • Are there any highly rated pirate books that delve into the historical aspect of pirates?

    Definitely! Pirate tales that intertwine with real history can provide a rich and immersive reading experience. We have books on our site that rate highly among readers for weaving factual historical elements with fiction to give life to the days when pirates ruled the seas. You might find yourself on a trip back in time, discovering the history of infamous pirates, or detailed depictions of life aboard a pirate ship - these reads are often as informative as they are entertaining.

  • What makes a pirate book a must-read?

    A must-read pirate book typically features compelling characters, such as an infamous pirate captain or a courageous pirate crew, who are plunged into gripping situations on the high seas. Look for a pirate tale that delivers a well-crafted plot, rich descriptions, and that sense of high-stakes drama that keeps you turning the pages. The best of these will transport readers right onto the deck of a pirate ship in the thick of action, feeling as though they are one of the pirates themselves.

  • Do you have any recommendations for classic pirate adventures that have stood the test of time?

    Classic pirate adventures that have been loved over the years are often the ones that encapsulate the quintessential pirate experience. They have passed the test of time and continue to be re-read and loved by new generations. On our site, we've highlighted several timeless tales of seafaring pirates that have captured the imaginations of readers for decades, and in some cases, even for centuries. They're not just books; they're treasures themselves, shining among the literary stars.

  • I'm interested in a pirate book for my kids that is both entertaining and educational. Any suggestions?

    Pirate books meant for kids are a fantastic way to spark an interest in reading while teaching them something new. We have a selection that is especially tailored for a younger audience, where they can learn about teamwork from a pirate crew, strategy from a pirate quest, or geography from the different locales a pirate ship visits. These great books rate well in both education and entertainment, making them a great addition to your children's library and a great way to introduce them to the adventurous world of pirates.

  • What year were some of the most iconic pirate books published, and can you name one?

    Many of the most iconic pirate books were published in the 18th and 19th centuries, a time when pirate stories captivated the hearts of readers in London and beyond. For instance, "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson, one of the most celebrated pirate tales, was published in the year 1883. It remains a seminal work in the genre, setting standards for the depiction of pirates in literature and popular culture.

Like this page?Buy us a coffee