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Daughter of the Pirate King Hardcover – February 28, 2017
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From School Library Journal
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 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 is the daughter of the ruthless pirate king and she’s on a mission to find a hidden treasure map on an enemy ship. Deliberately facilitating her own kidnapping, Alosa finds herself in the brig of a ship captained by Draxen and his first mate (and brother) Riden. While Draxen is cruel and harsh, Riden seems to be the opposite, and Alosa can’t help but notice how handsome he is.
Riden is charged with keeping Alosa in line… he doesn’t expect her to try him at every turn, but he’s pleasantly surprised and when he realizes she’s keeping an even bigger secret than the fact that she purposely was kidnapped, he can’t help but want to try to protect her.
You guys… Alosa is my most favorite recent character I’ve read lately. In one scene she is slitting the throats of pirates trying to take her ship, and the next she’s dying to get into her nice dresses and worried about ruining them. I love that she’s tough and strong and yet not worried a bit about being feminine.
I know I mentioned it a tiny bit above, but the banter is so wonderfully done here. Riden and Alosa match wits with every interaction… each trying to outwit the other and neither truly winning. It was just perfection.
Once I started this book I couldn’t put it down… admittedly it’s a pretty quick read, but I’m dying for more. Levenseller’s writing is addictive and her story-telling engrossing. I’ve already pre-ordered a finished copy of this one and can’t wait for book 2!!
In this world, there are three ancient pirate lines and once a long time ago they had a map that showed the way to the legendary Isla de Canta. This is an island heaped with unimaginable treasure that is guarded by magical creatures. The map was once whole but then it was separated into three pieces and given to each one of the three ancient pirates. The pieces had been handed down from father to son for many generations. It is the piece that is held by the Jeskor line that Alosa is currently searching for.
What I loved: Alosa as a female pirate captain was enjoyable. She is sassy, intelligent, and ruthless when it was required. Her character kept me entertained from start to finish. I enjoyed knowing that there was more to the story than she was displaying to the crew. It kept me on my toes wondering what she was going to pull next.
I enjoyed the plot of her being on a secret mission and allowing herself to be caught by the crew of the Night Farer in order to obtain an ancient map. It promises for more adventure and who does not like an adventure novel where there is a search for treasure! The crew of the Night Farer were written as mostly scoundrels and there were a couple of characters that were downright terrible.
The reputation of the Pirate King:
“I’ve heard rumors of Kalligan’s dangerous deeds. He’s said to be able to take on twenty men at once in battle. He’s traveled every inch of the sea, fought off all manner of sea demons, including a shark, which he fought underwater with his bare hands. He makes deals with the devil and encourages evil in others.”
Perfect reputation for a man capable of being King of the Pirates. My favorite part of that selection was the fighting of the shark underwater with his bare hands, hilarious!
The plot twist. I did not see it coming but once it did, it made perfect sense! It gave this story greater depth and added a fantasy and comedy element to the story that I just loved. I cannot wait to see how that element is explored in the next book. Two thumbs up!
What I wanted more of: Alosa was taken prisoner for ransom. She was rarely put in any situations where she was tested either physically or mentally. I would have liked to have more dire situations and less talking situations where she boasts to herself that she is better than they know.
The Ava-lee is captained by Alosa and it boasts an all-female pirate crew. I definitely wished we could have enjoyed more of that. There are a couple of scenes where her crew is introduced and I know that they are going to be in the next book but I wanted to learn more in this one. Well, it gives me something to look forward to.
What I wish had been different: I found that I truly like Alosa’s character but I did not like the aspect of her constant comparison of herself and others. She was always talking about how she was holding herself back, how she was better than the others. I could have done with less of that. I wish it would have been part of the character building and then a lot more show than tell. More fight scenes would have been just fabulous!
There is a romance that builds in this story between Alosa and a character named Riden. He is the first mate on the Night Farer and brother to the captain of that ship. It is an insta-love and I felt it was meh. He is cast as conflicted about his role but also as a manipulative interrogator. It was done in order to keep you on the fence about his actions but I didn’t like it. He was not convincing one way or the other. I did really start to enjoy his character by the end of the book so maybe he will continue to develop and grow a pair. As a love interest, he was not terribly swoon worthy. Had his moments but nothing that will make you swoon.
Final Thoughts: Fantastic debut book from author Tricia Levenseller!! This is a series I am absolutely going to continue with. I borrowed this book from the local library because I was not sure if I was going to want to own it but now I need this book to add to my collection! It was a great read and I highly recommend!
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