Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1
Genres: Fantasy, young adult
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.
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.
Daughter of the Pirate King was a book I knew I had to read. I love anything pirates and bonus, female pirate protagonist, yep a must read. My reason for being unsure was whether or not I was going to like this story due to the age of Alosa. I wasn’t sure how believable her character at seventeen was going to come across as a pirate captain. Turns out I had nothing to worry about and it was lovely!
In this world, there are three ancient pirate lines and once a long time ago they had a map that showed the way to the legendary Isla de Canta. This is an island heaped with unimaginable treasure that is guarded by magical creatures. The map was once whole but then it was separated into three pieces and given to each one of the three ancient pirates. The pieces had been handed down from father to son for many generations. It is the piece that is held by the Jeskor line that Alosa is currently searching for.
What I loved: Alosa as a female pirate captain was enjoyable. She is sassy, intelligent, and ruthless when it was required. Her character kept me entertained from start to finish. I enjoyed knowing that there was more to the story than she was displaying to the crew. It kept me on my toes wondering what she was going to pull next.
I enjoyed the plot of her being on a secret mission and allowing herself to be caught by the crew of the Night Farer in order to obtain an ancient map. It promises for more adventure and who does not like an adventure novel where there is a search for treasure! The crew of the Night Farer were written as mostly scoundrels and there were a couple of characters that were downright terrible.
The reputation of the Pirate King:
“I’ve heard rumors of Kalligan’s dangerous deeds. He’s said to be able to take on twenty men at once in battle. He’s traveled every inch of the sea, fought off all manner of sea demons, including a shark, which he fought underwater with his bare hands. He makes deals with the devil and encourages evil in others.”
Perfect reputation for a man capable of being King of the Pirates. My favorite part of that selection was the fighting of the shark underwater with his bare hands, hilarious!
The plot twist. I did not see it coming but once it did, it made perfect sense! It gave this story greater depth and added a fantasy and comedy element to the story that I just loved. I cannot wait to see how that element is explored in the next book. Two thumbs up!
What I wanted more of: Alosa was taken prisoner for ransom. She was rarely put in any situations where she was tested either physically or mentally. I would have liked to have more dire situations and less talking situations where she boasts to herself that she is better than they know.
The Ava-lee is captained by Alosa and it boasts an all-female pirate crew. I definitely wished we could have enjoyed more of that. There are a couple of scenes where her crew is introduced and I know that they are going to be in the next book but I wanted to learn more in this one. Well, it gives me something to look forward to.
What I wish had been different: I found that I truly like Alosa’s character but I did not like the aspect of her constant comparison of herself and others. She was always talking about how she was holding herself back, how she was better than the others. I could have done with less of that. I wish it would have been part of the character building and then a lot more show than tell. More fight scenes would have been just fabulous!
There is a romance that builds in this story between Alosa and a character named Riden. He is the first mate on the Night Farer and brother to the captain of that ship. It is an insta-love and I felt it was meh. He is cast as conflicted about his role but also as a manipulative interrogator. It was done in order to keep you on the fence about his actions but I didn’t like it. He was not convincing one way or the other. I did really start to enjoy his character by the end of the book so maybe he will continue to develop and grow a pair. As a love interest, he was not terribly swoon worthy. Had his moments but nothing that will make you swoon.
Final Thoughts: Fantastic debut book from author Tricia Levenseller!! This is a series I am absolutely going to continue with. I borrowed this book from the local library because I was not sure if I was going to want to own it but now I need this book to add to my collection! It was a great read and I highly recommend!