A warlord killed Caledonia's parents and kidnapped her brother. Now, on the deadly Bullet seas, Captain Caledonia Styx and her all-female crew are ready for revenge.
"This is Mad Max by way of Davy Jones, a high-energy, breathless adventure [about] a group of damaged girls who find home in one another." --Booklist
"The pace of the book is fast and relentless, and the action sequences tense and believable, but the best moments are the ones in which the female relationships shine." --NPR
"One of the most spell-binding adventures of the year. This is female piracy at its best." --The San Francisco Chronicle
"The best kind of fantasy. . . . impossible to put down." --Paste
After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric's armed and armored fleet.
But when Caledonia's best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all...or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?
The first in a heart-stopping trilogy that recalls the undeniable feminine power of Wonder Woman and the powder-keg action of Mad Max: Fury Road, Seafire reminds us of the importance of sisterhood and unity in the face of oppression and tyranny.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
There’s the family we’re born into and the family we create. After Caledonia Styx loses everyone and everything she ever knew, she teams up with other young female survivors of the evil warlord Aric Athair—and strikes out on the open sea for revenge. The first book of a trilogy, Seafire is both a thrilling pirate fantasy and a powerful depiction of young women waging war against tyranny and oppression. But when enemies are revealed and blood family returns, can the sisterhood survive?
Set in a vaguely defined distant future, this tale of sisterhood on the high seas introduces an all-female crew of rebels who survive by raiding the ships of the ruthless warlord who controls the local waters. Ever since Capt. Caledonia Styx's mother was killed and her brother was forced to serve in the Bullets, an army of drug-addicted soldiers, she has resolved to trust only the young women she's personally rescued and recruited, including her best friend, Pisces. But when an attack goes wrong and Pisces is saved from death by a Bullet, Caledonia has to face her fears and decide how much she can trust her new prisoner, risking her crew in the process. In this trilogy opener, Parker (Behold the Bones) offers an exciting, action-packed tale featuring a variously diverse cast of resourceful young women surviving against overwhelming odds and a relentless foe. Between Caledonia's internal struggle to overcome internalized guilt and fear, and the high stakes facing those she loves, this adventure never loses its pace. Ages 12 up.