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A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.
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.
Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.
ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Pirates don’t seem to be all that common in YA for some reason, and especially not ones featuring lady pirates, which is a real bummer if you ask me. I loved the idea of Daughter of the Pirate King and I picked it up while I was looking for an adventurous story with a badass lead. It certainly delivered on that front and I had a lot of fun reading the book.
I will say that the characters aren’t all that exceptional. In fact, I found them to be very cookie-cutter fantasy characters, but they are still engaging enough to make the book readable. The heroine, Alosa, was as fiery as her hair, with a sharp mouth and an equally ruthless personality. She’s not afraid to shed some blood and get into sword fights with men twice her size and I loved being inside her head. There were times when I did wish she would be a bit more careful and not jump into deadly situations, for her own safety, but the girl knew how to handle herself. I wasn’t sure what to make of Riden, the first mate of the pirate who kidnaps Alosa, but he charmed my pants off as the story progressed. It was hard to gauge his motivations and true feelings, but he slowly let those come to the surface as he got closer to Alosa. He was genuine, sweet and very loyal, but also not afraid to take the lead when it was important. The romance between Riden and Alosa will appeal to all those who enjoy good quippy banter between their love interests. I loved the scenes between these two, because they made me both laugh and swoon. They were quite the entertaining duo, especially with Alosa constantly trying to get a rise out of him.
The plot was everything that I thought it would be. I will say that I wish there was more of a sense of urgency to the story. Even when the characters were in extreme danger, I didn’t FEEL like they were truly about to lose their lives. I think that had to do with some pacing issues. I expected more twists and more villains to keep me flipping through the pages. Alosa is no ordinary pirate as you may have expected and there were some revelations made about her in Daughter of the Pirate King that had me intrigued, but I didn’t think they were as fleshed-out as they could have been. We’ll probably learn more in the sequel and I’m looking forward to it. Another thing I’m excited about for in the sequel to this book is Alosa’s predominantly female crew. They didn’t get much spotlight here since she is away from the due to being held captive by Riden’s brother, but the glimpses we got of them are promising.
All in all, Daughter of the Pirate King was a fun book, that’s worth the read if you’re looking for a straightforward pirate story with a dash of swoony romance and some action.