Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 28, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure
Pages: 320 Format: Hardcover Source: Library
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.
I’m clearly a sucker for all things set on the high seas and a badass lady pirate as the lead officially sold me on Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King. This debut is a fast paced, snark filled romp following Alosa’s attempt to gain access to a treasure map. Purposefully captured she faces threats and interrogation from the Nightfarer’s crew especially that of Riden, the first mate.
Alosa was a force of nature; fierce, strong, and capable of holding her own against a crew of men. She’s also stubborn, making it difficult to play a submissive role while being held captive on a ship. Having her father as the Pirate King isn’t easy, but her loyalty is beyond question. She learned from the best and even crews her own ship full of mostly other badass women.
Riden, on the other hand, is calculating and calm. He’s just as strong but doesn’t flaunt it. He’s a foil for his brother Draxen and preaches reason before overreacting. The banter between him and Alosa was particularly delightful and the two of them matched wits over and over again. The Nightfarer crew had its mix of good and bad and they definitely added to the endless days of captivity.
Levenseller’s writing was quick and concise making events fly by. Unfortunately there’s not much more to the plot than finding this map and it became a bit repetitive as Alosa repeatedly got caught searching the ship and faking escape. The few twists and turns that arose were pretty predictable and I was left wanting. I also would have liked to see more of Alosa’s ship and crew.
Overall I enjoyed Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller quite a lot but felt it lacking in regards to the plot. Alosa and Riden were definitely endearing though which kept me coming back for more and the pirate life was a thrill to read about. If you love books teeming with adventure this one is certainly for you. Cannot wait to see what happens next!
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