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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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Genre: YA Fantasy
Recommended Age: 13+ (some mature love scenes and a bit of gore and violence)
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. – Amazon.com
Arghhhh ye mateys! Ye be comin’ to my blog to read ‘bout this book? Well, I’ll tell ya ye land-lubber all that I can ‘bout this here book. Okay, now that I have that out of my system, I can talk about Daughter of the Pirate King. First of all this book did so well with the characters. I got to read about a brave girl named Alossa who is fiercely independent, strong, courageous, and quick witted. This character is so well written that the other supporting characters do little to help Alossa out. This is not to say that the other characters are poorly written however, as each had somewhat of a backstory and had a shining moment here and there. Each character, besides a few little background ones, were very well developed and written. The plot was very well paced and developed. The twists and turns weren’t too obvious and the build-up was fantastic. The book as a whole was very well-written and very easy to understand.
The only issues I had with the book was that there were a ton of characters, which could make it harder for some readers to keep everyone straight, and the book ended at a rather crucial point. While this can be an excellent trick to make your readers want more it’s also somewhat infuriating for them to have to wait for the next book to be released.
Verdict: Overall, I felt the book was amazing and an excellent first book for those who are just getting into the YA genre upon graduating from the middle grade genre. It’s a really good transitional book. The book is also very inspirational to young women as Alosa is the type of female character we all need to read about. Her personal strength and bravery are very admirable as are all of her other qualities, except maybe her inclination to be quick to anger. I recommend this book to any beginning YA reader, any YA reader, any adult, and any pirate lover!
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.
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This was a fun, reasonably quick read with a super kickass female lead that left me cheering.Read more