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Daughter of the Pirate King Hardcover – February 28, 2017
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Gr 8 Up—Levenseller's debut novel is a high-seas tale of a powerful female pirate on a mission set forth by her ruthless father. Alosa, a pirate princess, is the captain of her own ship with a mostly female crew. She is tough and clever and has a hidden secret that allows her to subdue the strongest of men. Her crew's mission is to track down an age-old piece of a legendary treasure map. Alosa's father, the Pirate King, is in possession of one-third of the map, and he sends Alosa to retrieve another part from a rival, Captain Draxen. In order to be taken aboard Draxen's ship, Alosa stages her own capture. Draxen, of course, believes that he has the upper hand and sends a ransom message to the king. Alosa is put under the watchful eye of Draxen's brother, Riden, who interrogates the princess. She is determined to discover the hiding place of the map, and she must conceal her true purpose and use clever tricks to escape her cell in order to search the ship. Finally, frustrated by her failure to locate the map, she turns to her secret power to enchant with song. With many plot turns and emotional bonds forming between Alosa and Riden, the search leads to an interesting twist. Levenseller has created a formidable female character who can take care of herself as she makes some hard decisions. VERDICT Hand to skilled readers seeking true adventure with swashbuckling, sword fighting, and a great problem-solving heroine.—Erin Olsen, The Brearley School, NY
"Readers should rejoice, because we now have a lady Jack Sparrow on our hands! Daughter of the Pirate King kidnapped my interest from the first chapter and never let it go! It's a superior debut with a deeply entangled romance, a fearsome heroine not to be trifled with, a clever hero that you seriously want to trifle with, and a plot twist that makes a rollercoaster seem stable. With a cunning plot, robust writing, and complicated characters, any reader will enjoy being manipulated in Levenseller's capable hands. Definitely for fans of Pirates of the Caribbean, fierce heroines, slow-burning romances, and adventures that can turn sour in the space of a gasp. Not for fans of complacent heroines, soothing plots, or those who don't speak sarcasm." -- Anna Banks, author of the New York Times Bestseller Of Triton
" Levenseller has created a formidable female character who can take care of herself as she makes some hard decisions. Hand to skilled readers seeking true adventure with swashbuckling, sword fighting, and a great problem-solving heroine." ―School Library Journal
"Levenseller makes an impressive debut with this funny, fast-paced, and romance-dashed nautical fantasy, set in an alternate world of pirates, sirens, and myriad islands....This one’s not to be missed." ― Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Tricia Levenseller's vivacious debut novel, the first in a duology, boasts stormy seas, sexy pirates, swordplay and a heroine who conquers all three with aplomb.... A rip-roaring high seas escapade with a tinge of fantasy, Daughter of the Pirate King will engage and enthrall its teen audience." ― Shelf Awareness
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I was drawn into the plot - a young woman is a pirate tasked with a mission to retrieve a map for her father, King of Pirates. I loved how the unlikely female was the protagonist when most pirate adventures are male leads. That twist gave so much depth to this book...and certainly sexual tension throughout. Personally, I just wish there had been a bit more reveal of the relationship that developed. I wanted a final je ne sais quoi. But since there's another edition coming, hopefully we'll see it develop there.
This is an awesome read! Reading is from one POV. While reading I can see the narrators cartoon pop up on the corner of the book. Lol! The main character is the narrator through the whole story. She is one cool minded person. I was hoping to find out more of the back story regarding why she was raised with her dad? Where is her mother?
Even so, this is a very good debut. I am a fan of this author. I am eager to read book two. The story plot was well writen with some aha aha moments.
This story follows Alosa, the fearless, dangerous, yet tenderhearted daughter of the Pirate King who rules the sea and all who dare to sail. With a spirit as fiery as her red hair, Alosa finds herself captured aboard a ship set to undermine her father. Throughout her capture, Alosa proves time and time again she is a force to be reckoned with; a powerful leader who cannot be caged. (Literally, she escapes her cell so. many. times.).
The pirates who capture Alosa aren’t the only ones who have buried secrets and motives. Alosa has a mission of her own and discovers treachery, betrayal, friendship and loyalty she never expected along the way.
I have learned recently that I have grown to really love stories centered on water and mysteries of the deep. This story is amazing because it takes the dirty, brazen and brutal life of pirates and combines it with the mysterious and mystical aspect of sirens and magical powers. Though most of the story takes place on a ship, the reader is still whisked away into this nautical world of sword fights, honor and treachery at every turn!
Critically speaking, there are times where I think the story could have benefited from more detail, more dialogue and more time spent with characters. The book felt like it could have been a story readers became completely immersed in, but because it was fast paced and moved from moment to moment, readers were whisked along with it. The pacing isn’t bad, and it doesn’t take away from the story, I just think it had the potential to be much more than the great story it is. Sarah J. Maas has a way of providing so much detail, story, plot and interaction that her readers literally fall into the worlds she create. This story, though amazing, allows readers to fall in love but not become carried away into the world that’s created.
Tricia Levenseller’s strength is her characterization. Though the plot in this story is enticing, it wouldn’t be nearly as enticing without the strong characters she creates and uses to drive the plot. She brings humanity and sympathy to characters who are ruthless and feared by introducing other characters points of view to challenge the readers initial opinions of characters. Riden’s character serves as not only a way to challenge and support Alosa, but to enhance her softer side and show her true compassionate nature. Riden’s love and loyalty to his cruel and wicked brother leads readers to question the unknown of the past, question their hatred towards him, and fall more in love with Riden along the way.
What I love most about this book is that the female lead is such an amazingly strong character, but she has such a realness to her. She is capable of both slicing a mans throat, and flushing at his touch. Alosa needs no one, yet is loyal and appreciative of those who help her. The author does an excellent job of making her someone you fear yet completely trust. Getting to read the story from Alosa’s perspective is wonderful because you’re able to see past the confident and fearless wall that Alosa has built at the mercy of her father. You are given a window into her tender heart, her frustrations, her sadness and her unyielding loyalty to her crew. The depth of her character is what drives the plot in it’s less-exciting moments to get readers to the climactic changes that hook themselves into the readers and reel them along to the very end, desperately needing more story.
If you haven’t read this book, I HIGHLY recommend that you do! It’s a quick read and one that will not disappoint. I cannot wait for the sequel, Daughter of the Siren Queen, to release in a few months!
P.S. Daughter of the Pirate King definitely made my top 10 favorite books of all time!!
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