Mixing up the romance with a debut author of young adult historical fantasy is Tricia Levenseller and her new series, Daughter of the Pirate King. A story that brought a bit more of the rawness and action of the days gone by, a bit more Black Sails than Pirates of the Caribbean and best suited to readers 15 and up. Please read on for my review of
Daughter of the Pirate King
When I hear “Pirate” in the title – I want a story that is fast-paced and action packed, with plenty of intrigue and characters who straddle the line between outright villains and upstanding citizens in their own little world. And Levenseller brought all of that, and more, to this first book in the duology featuring Alosa, the Daughter of the Pirate King.
Brazen, confident, smart-mouthed and seventeen, Alosa is easy to picture, strutting about as she plans and commands the next move. The only (claimed) child of Kalligan, the tendency is to underestimate her cunning and deadly skill, to the dismay and surprise of all who seek to derail her from the course she’s set forward. And she is everything that one would want in a pirate ship captain, fueled by her own confidence and determination. When she is tasked with finding a piece of map for her father, she sets a plan in motion, believing the subterfuge and her own skills will bring success.
From the start, the story is non-stop: from Alosa’s plan to allow her own capture by Draxen, a newly crowned pirate lord in possession of the ship formerly owned by the man who held the map piece. Alosa believes she can use her wiles and cleverness to search the ship for the missing piece, and reunite with her own crew thereafter. Adding to the mix is Alosa’s repeated “discovery’ by Riden, first mate and younger brother of Draxen, and the banter they share as he is returning her (repeatedly) to her space in the brig.
With a touch of friendship blooming into a gentle romance, the interplay here is clever. In fact, all of the dialogue in this story, from Alosa and Riden’s banter, to the general dialogue caught and captured during the story has a lovely touch of humor to it: in many ways Alosa is funny, the moments even more bright as they contrast completely with her ruthless determination and her overwhelming (if occasionally bordering on overstated) confidence. When the action and pacing is so forward thinking, it would be easy to lose sight of the plotting: this story is well crafted and builds piece on piece to give readers a never-ending sense of ‘what next’ among the smiles. With a last little twist, and an ending that works without being a cliffhanger, yet leaves room for more for Alosa to come, this was a wonderful debut, sure to please readers.
Title: Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1
Genre: Action / Adventure, Historic Fantasy, Pirates, Suspense Elements, Young Adult
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Published on: 28 February, 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.
Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.
More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.
Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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