Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1
Length: 320 pages
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.
DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING is easily one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read this year. Of course, I’ve only read a few, but this one really sticks out to me. This novel follows Alosa, a fierce pirate who purposely gets captured so she can search for a missing part of a map.
I really enjoyed this plot; it was fast-paced and action-packed, and it didn’t really lag in many places during info-dumping sessions, which I find many fantasy books tend to do. Instead, Levenseller skillfully incorporates wit and humor into the stories that Alosa tells to give us a sense of the world.What I liked most about this novel were the multiple twists and turns—I was constantly surprised, and I loved solving the little mysteries that were set up throughout the plot. The world-building was good, but it definitely could have been a bit more, I think.
This novel was very character-focused, so we really get to know Alosa. I liked Alosa, but she was such a Special Snowflake—fiery red hair, witty comebacks towards the love interest, ability to do basically everything, you name it; she felt so flawless that it made me roll my eyes occasionally. This is probably my only reservation about this novel because although her actions in the novel were incredibly entertaining to read about, she kind of irked me. I loved Riden in this novel. He was complex and matched Alosa quite well, and I enjoyed reading about the sibling dynamic between him and Draxen, as well as reading about the development of his and Alosa’s relationship.
All in all, Levenseller spins an action-packed and entertaining debut novel that I sped through. Although there are a few things that irked me, this novel is overall a fun and enjoyable read. I’m incredibly excited to read Levenseller’s sophomore novel; if you love adventure and fast reads, I definitely recommend this one.
Thank you to Feiwel & Friends for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review.