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.
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.
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. Alosa, the 17-year-old daughter of an infamous pirate king, embarks on a dangerous undercover mission, allowing herself to be captured by a rival crew in order to retrieve part of a legendary treasure map. Alosa believes she has the situation under control thanks to years of training and experience, as well as certain special abilities, but she finds her match in the Night Farer's first mate, Riden, who seems wise to her tricks. The resulting game of wits results in a burgeoning attraction, as Alosa tries to carry out her mission without giving away her secrets ("If I'm to keep up appearances, I'll have to escape the ship. Then get caught on purpose. Oh, the ridiculous things one has to do when one is a pirate," she laments). Resourceful and confident, Alosa swaggers through the pages with style and panache, and her supporting cast is just as delightful. This one's not to be missed. Ages 13 up.
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Fabulous book! Filled with sarcasm and humor and never ending GIRL POWER!! It’s a must read!!
a wonderful debut, sure to please readers.
When I hear “Pirate” in the title – I want a story that is fast-paced and action packed, with plenty of intrigue and characters who straddle the line between outright villains and upstanding citizens in their own little world. And Levenseller brought all of that, and more, to this first book in the duology featuring Alosa, the Daughter of the Pirate King.
Brazen, confident, smart-mouthed and seventeen, Alosa is easy to picture, strutting about as she plans and commands the next move. The only (claimed) child of Kalligan, the tendency is to underestimate her cunning and deadly skill, to the dismay and surprise of all who seek to derail her from the course she’s set forward. And she is everything that one would want in a pirate ship captain, fueled by her own confidence and determination. When she is tasked with finding a piece of map for her father, she sets a plan in motion, believing the subterfuge and her own skills will bring success.
From the start, the story is non-stop: from Alosa’s plan to allow her own capture by Draxen, a newly crowned pirate lord in possession of the ship formerly owned by the man who held the map piece. Alosa believes she can use her wiles and cleverness to search the ship for the missing piece, and reunite with her own crew thereafter. Adding to the mix is Alosa’s repeated “discovery’ by Riden, first mate and younger brother of Draxen, and the banter they share as he is returning her (repeatedly) to her space in the brig.
With a touch of friendship blooming into a gentle romance, the interplay here is clever. In fact, all of the dialogue in this story, from Alosa and Riden’s banter, to the general dialogue caught and captured during the story has a lovely touch of humor to it: in many ways Alosa is funny, the moments even more bright as they contrast completely with her ruthless determination and her overwhelming (if occasionally bordering on overstated) confidence. When the action and pacing is so forward thinking, it would be easy to lose sight of the plotting: this story is well crafted and builds piece on piece to give readers a never-ending sense of ‘what next’ among the smiles. With a last little twist, and an ending that works without being a cliffhanger, yet leaves room for more for Alosa to come, this was a wonderful debut, sure to please readers.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.