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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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The strength of this book is the characters, especially, Alosa: Pirate Princess and all around badass. This girl does not need any help, thank you very much. She is capable and strong and gets things done. I loved her from start to finish. I also love that despite her tough exterior, and willingness to do anything to survive and succeed, she is fair, cares for her crew and isn't needlessly ruthless. Although she doesn't need anyone to rescue her, she also realizes that she's not an island to herself, and I loved seeing moments where she works with others. Of course those moments are few and far between when she's stuck on an enemy pirate ship.
My second favorite character is Riden: first mate on the pirate ship Alosa infiltrates on a secret mission for her father. I enjoyed getting to know him better as the story continues. I found his relationship with his brother Draxen, captain of the ship, to be interesting and well written in its complexity. But the best relationship in this book is the one Riden develops with Alosa. Their snappy banter and incredible tension is off the charts. They begin as enemies and are constantly trying to get an angle on each other, but almost immediately, it's very clear how great a match they are for each other - in wits and everything else. And slowly, the working against each other changes flavor to one of support and even more than that. AKA swoons abound. Riden is an observer and he doesn't miss Alosa's attempts at deception, but he also sees her strengths, and respects her for them. He is not threatened by how capable she is. I wish there were more heroes like him.
I'm not sure exactly the scope of this fantasy world, and I would love a map to appear in the finished copy. Alosa's home features a lot of ocean and some islands as well as a pirate king and a land ruler (not seen but briefly mentioned). There's also magic, which was a lot of fun to discover. But this story is mostly spent on a ship so I didn't get a clear picture of what this world looks like.
Daughter of the Pirate King is definitely part of a series (I think it's a duet). The book doesn't end on a cliffy, but it does stop in the middle of the story. This part of the tale is finished, and I can't wait to find out what happens next. Highly recommended.
The book begins with Alosa, the daughter of the pirate king, being captured by an enemy pirate ship and held for ransom. However, it turns out that Alosa allowed herself to be captured in order to search the enemy ship for the second piece of a map that leads to unimaginable treasure. This premise set the stage perfectly for the games that ensued. Alosa and Riden, the first mate on the enemy ship, begin a dangerous battle of the wills as he attempts to extract information about her father.
Alosa herself is one of my new favorite YA heroines. She is sassy, strong, confident, independent, and smart. Plus she’s a pirate captain. Her backstory is slowly revealed throughout the novel and it added another dimension to her character as we get to know the woman behind the swagger. I loved how she was entirely accepting of her femininity from the beginning and, at times, how she used it to her advantage. Her developing relationship with Riden ran the gamut from hilarious to heart-felt and touching.
What I truly enjoyed about this book is that the pirates run the gamut from only slightly morally corrupt (like Alosa and Riden) to truly awful people. There wasn’t a character that I remember who hadn’t killed at least one person and done some very questionable things. I loved how unrepentant about the pirate lifestyle all of the characters were. The plot was full of unexpected twists and turns, particularly in the battle of wills between Riden and Alosa.
This was an incredibly fast-paced read that I would recommend to any YA adventure or fantasy fan. I will be eagerly awaiting both the release of this book (so I have an excuse to reread it) and the sequel.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Alosa, daughter of the pirate king, is a strong, likable heroine. Her journey to make her father proud is a tough one, but I never believed she couldn't do it. Her developing relationship with Riden, her pirate interrogator, followed a natural progression that was believable. I truly enjoyed their banter back and forth, and romantic tension. And for this being a pirate novel, I was happily surprised with the clean romance and non-gory battle scenes. I loved the fast pace and detailed storytelling. For a debut novel, this gets high marks. I read hundreds of books each year, and know this one will stick in my memory. I can't wait for the sequel!
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.