Series: Daughter of the Pirate King duology #1
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Genres: historical, magic, mermaids and sirens, pirates, young adult
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If you want something done right . . .
When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there's only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who's going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell?
Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it's down to a battle of wits and will . . . .
Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?
So I stayed up pretty late last night (Friday night) reading Daughter of the Pirate King, then finished it today (Saturday) because the story just grabbed me and pulled me in. I love those kinds of stories. Especially when they have a kick-your-arse heroine who is enjoyable to read. Alosa is the daughter of the self-titled Pirate King, Kalligan, and the only person he trusts to do a very dangerous job. She leaves her own ship and crew behind when she manages to facilitate her own kidnapping in order to find a piece of a treasure map her father dearly wants.
Daughter of the Pirate King opens in the best possible way – right in the middle of the action, and Alosa’s sassiness is delightful. She’s eloquent and sarcastic and an excellent fighter. She’s also not afraid to get blood on her hands when it’s necessary. Alosa is not going to take any of your shit, and is truly stubborn. That said, she’s also funny, and tough.
None of the pirates in this book are glossed over to make them more audience-friendly. The truly bad ones are truly bad, the not-quite-so-bad ones are exactly that.
There is a siren element to the book that does come in a little bit out of the blue, but it’s really well done, especially as Tricia Levenseller managed to deal with what being a siren’s powers are, and how effective they might be on different sorts of men.
There is a smallish cliffhanger at the end of the novel, but just enough to leave you wanting to read book 2 and not enough to make you want to *headdesk* over it. I will definitely be reading the as yet untitled book 2 of this duology.