- File Size: 9049 KB
- Print Length: 284 pages
- Publisher: Danger Bearing Press; 1 edition (May 2, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 2, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N17H7DG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,895 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nile Ash is one tough, kick-ass princess and girl. She loves the sea (just like Moana!- sorry, I just had to add that in here :D ) and will have to hide her real identity in order to survive on a cruel war ship. Nile must learn to trust herself, when she discovers that she is gifted, which is hard to do when you are on ship in the middle of the ocean, just trying to fit in with the other sailors.
“Gifted” are people who can attract one of the five elements (fire, metal, stone, air, and water), however, there are huge side effects to being gifted, which can kill you if you are not careful and learn to control your gift. Not everything is fully explained about the gifted in this book- I think because a lot of people are still unsure about the gifted people, and it adds a sense of mystery to plot.
There is romance in this novel, and it’s one of my favorite kinds of romances- "hate than love" romances. Nile and a certain first officer are always at odds with each other. Their constant bantering and fighting about everything on the ship, creates the perfect sexual tension in the novel. It was a slow burning romance- so we didn’t really get any action until the end BUT it was awesome and I definitely look forward to the next book for some more secret steamy scenes. Another little bonus to this romance- is the forbiddance… there cannot be any relations between officers and sailors on the ship, it's against the law.
I love the pacing of this novel- there was plenty of action and sailing. I think it would be so cool to live on an old ship like the ones in this novel… but then I remind myself that I would probably die from some disease because the ships are usually crowded and not clean. Now back to my actual review... I would have liked to see more background details on the other kingdoms. I think some of that can get boring to read but I felt like I needed a couple more references to really solidify how different each kingdom was.
I love a great novel with ships, sailing and pirates… (no pirates in this novel- but certainly a rebelling empire haha). I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer, Pirates! by Celia Rees, To Catch A Pirate by Lorraine Heath, and to anyone who like fantasy adventure stories! This book did end with a cliffhanger… but that just makes me want to read the sequel even more! Alex Lidell delivers another exciting YA sea-faring adventure with a dash of romance and magic!!
Nile is not your typical princess and I loved her character. She was well balanced and flawed. Incredibly realistic. The other characters too, were lovable or loathable (respective to what they were intended to be), but all felt natural and not exaggerated.
The world building is so subtle yet feels so thorough and not overbearing. Over all I was incredibly impressed with the level of detail in the ship scenes, which account for most of the book's setting.
It was not my favorite ending of all time, but sets up for book two very well and I cannot wait to pick it up and rejoin Nile on her quest.
Top international reviews
The story of Nile was fast-paced with lots of adventure and unfolded naturally, with equal parts explanation and action. I'm curious to see where the story goes next.
I really enjoyed this story about sea, a princess and a world where magic is not a gift but a curse and action!