Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller (2017)
Genre: YA, Fiction, Adventure
Page Length: 320 pages (hardcover edition)
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. (description from Goodreads)
I love any book with adventures on the high seas, especially when it has pirates in it. So I was very excited to get my hands on this book when I first heard about it. If you all know of any pirate themed books, please send your recommendations to me.
Our main character is Alosa (love her name!) who is the daughter of the pirate king. She finds herself caught in the clutches of her enemies which turns out to be part of a bigger plan. Alosa is a very bright young woman who is witty, fierce, and can hold her own among male pirate who try to overpower her. She has many admirable traits including her strong loyalty to her ship’s crew
While Alosa is cunning she can also be frustrating at time because she kept making simple mistakes which also made her blow her cover. Other than that I found her to be a likable character. She is fierce and vulnerable because of her siren powers. Her powers can manipulate others and hurt people and she’s feels conflicted about it. I also liked that she has a ship full of female pirates.
Jeskor’s (rival pirate) sons Draxen and Riders are complete opposites. Draxen is complete brute while Riden seems to have a softer personality. Riden feels an obligation to follow his brothers orders not only because of loyalty, but he’s also family. This decision leaves him torn. The same goes for Alosa and her father. Her father trained her to be a strong fighter, but their relationship lacks atrue father/daughter connection.
From the very first page, I felt that the story is very immersive of the period its set in. The clothing described, speech, to societal standards of that time. The reader truly feels as if they are a part of the story, which is the best part of any reading experience.There is a budding romance, but the plot isn’t consumed by it. Instead the story is more focused on Alosa’s plan to steal the coveted map on Draxen’s ship. I also loved the fantasy elements woven into the story!
The only compliant I have about this book is that I wanted more ocean and action scenes. More the half of the story take place on a bot and I felt Levenseller could have utilized this setting more. But overall the novel’s writing is smooth, the action scenes were exciting, and the narrative flows well.
I’m looking forward to what adventures lie in book two!
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