Title: Daughter of the Pirate King (#1)
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Cover Rating: 4\5
Synopsis: There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.
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.
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This book needed to be longer! Book two can’t come out soon enough!
I want to start with our main character: Alosa. She is most definitely a pirate – she’s sarcastic, cutthroat and calculating. I was worried she wouldn’t live up to her title, but she completely did.
I liked Riden as well – right from the beginning. I’m hoping to find out more of his backstory in the sequel. Draxen, on the other hand, I’m conflicted on. I don’t hate him – not like I want him to die or anything – but I don’t like him either. He’s just kind of meh.
There were quite a few other side characters – most I can’t mention – but I found Alosa’s crew to be very enjoyable, and I hope to see more of them in book two.
There was a bit of insta-love, but there is also a bit of that in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and so I let it slide. I suppose I just notice it more when it’s written in front of me, as opposed to on a screen.
The storyline was solid. There was more than one surprising twist. Of course, the world building was minimal, but that’s because it takes place on the sea.
One really, really random thing that bothered me, was that there were things that Alosa would say – example: “Landlubbers” – that just annoyed me. To me, if someone says that, they have an “accent” of sorts. Which she doesn’t. And so seeing her say it made me mad. It would be so much easier to say “Land Lovers”!
But that is a small detail. More MY preferences than anything.
Pirates of the Caribbean fans will be so happy! A solid pirate read!