I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Series: Daughter Of The Pirate King #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 28th 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Action & Adventure, Pirates, Romance, Historical, Social Themes, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
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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.
In 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 by Tricia Levenseller is one of those books that popped up on my radar totally unexpectedly. I mean, I was not even aware of it until this Netgalley email came in that boiled down to – YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. Far be it from me to resist hype. Also? I just really, really love books about pirates. Straight up, if you like the Jacky Faber books, you’re going to really enjoy Daughter Of The Pirate King. Although, the main character of this book is quite a bit more refined than Jacky.
Daughter Of The Pirate King begins with immediate action. Alosa, the protagonist, is on a ship that is getting captured by another pirate. She fights hard, but is at an impasse when the other pirate’s crew begin slicing throats one by one. When Alosa’s best friend is threatened, she turns herself in. Now Alosa is on board Draxen’s ship. Draxen is the son of one of the pirate lords, FYI.
As it turns out, Alosa has a plan in mind and what just happened in those opening pages is flipped, turned upside down. And so, Alosa, whose dad is king of the pirates, begins her search of Draxen’s ship for a piece of a map to a legendary island containing riches beyond imagination.
Alosa’s character might seem too clever to be true. However, let’s be realistic here. She’s a woman on a ship surrounded by men. Most underestimate her and she takes advantage of that. Furthermore, she is her father’s daughter and has had practice with these types of situations. Also, Alosa has an ace up her sleeve which leant an interesting avenue for this book to take. I definitely enjoyed reading from Alosa’s point of view and totally found myself cheering every time she got out of one mess or another.
Of course, acting in concert with but also sometimes as a foil to Alosa is the first mate, Riden. Riden is Draxen’s little brother. Unlike Draxen, he is not unnecessarily cruel. Riden finds Alosa to be a bit of a pain in the ass. However, the two have this slow burn between them and of course, we know romance is going to happen. And goodness, when it did, IT WAS AWESOME. I definitely thought the romance in Daughter Of The Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller was well worth the price of admission. As you read, you can’t help but ship Riden and Alosa. There’s chemistry and balance between the two.
Tricia Levenseller is a debut author, and wow does she have a winner on her hands. Daughter Of The Pirate King is a fast paced adventure set on the high seas. There are spades of interesting characters, twists, and turns. Alosa is the kind of character who I can’t wait to spend another book with. There is going to be a sequel. However, this book does resolve a few things so I am not too aggravated at any cliffhangers or anything. Plus, I cannot wait for more Riden and Alosa. In all, this is one debut you absolutely won’t want to just ignore.
Other reviews of Daughter Of The Pirate King:
- The Eater Of Books – “a really fun and entertaining read“
- Gone Pecan – “I plowed through it fairly quickly“
- The Book Hookup – “one heck of an adventurous ride“