SPOILER FREE REVIEW!
The first book in the Daughter of the Pirate King duology.
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy
Target Audience: 14+
Rating: B+ (82%)
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
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.
What a cracker! I love, love, loved this novel! The action and adventure started from page one, and kept my attention tightly secured to the plot the entire way. I found this story to be unpredictable, despite the plot being equally predictable. There was an even balance of what you could expect versus what you weren’t too sure would happen. It left me asking questions, wishing that I could help Alosa through all of her difficulties, not that she would need it.
Alosa is a badass. When she knows what she wants she puts her heart and soul into earning it. There isn’t an obstacle too big or intimidating that she wouldn’t be able to push through. She’s a main character that you love and admire, whilst also regarding them with a level of uncertainty. Her mood sways like the ship, un-shore (get it?!) of which way her emotions might swing. It’s what improves her character and the plot.
The other characters like Riden, and her crew (not that you really get to know them in this book) are amazing people. Some of Riden’s crew members have such depth in their characters that it isn’t very hard to imagine who they are and what they’re like. The relationships between these characters is also unique, swaying from the usual tropes of Young Adult fiction. It was refreshing and realistic.
This plot-driven action-adventure story wasn’t all smooth sailing. I found that at times, Levenseller had a tendency to get lost in description, unable to stop herself from describing everything within a scene. She would get swept up in the moment of writing and found herself describing things down to the smallest detail. Sometimes a lot of detail is important and necessary but I found that in most instances I began to skip over the details, finding the information unnecessary to the story and the book. It’s good to paint a scene, but if you put in too much detail, the original image can be lost.
By no means does that take from the outstanding nature of this novel. Daughter of the Pirate King is a marvellous novel that I believe everyone and anyone should read. I smashed through this book in a day, and the sequel the following day. A magnificent duology, but I won’t speak much on the second book. The series review will come later.
If you’ve recently finished the Throne of Glass series and are looking for another kickass main character that knows how to be a boss, then I highly recommend this book. If you’re looking for a story without your typical princess, then I highly recommend this book. If you’re looking for a fast and fun adventure story, then I highly recommend this book. I think you get the gist. READ IT!
The break down of my rating:
Style & Tone: 7/10
Enjoyment Factor: 9/10