Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
I have not read many pirate ya books, well pirate books in general, and this was the first one this year to really catch my attention. It wasn’t that I don’t like pirates, or haven’t found them an entertaining read, just haven’t gotten around to reading much with pirates involved. I’m glad that I gave this a go because I really liked what I read.
“That’s enough of that, I think. Mandsy’s words of caution are so far from my mind now. I’m done kneeling on the floor like some servant. Bracing my hands against the wooden deck, I extend my legs backward, hooking my feet behind the heels of the ugly pirate standing there. With one yank forward, Kearan topples backward. I stand quickly, turn around, and take my sword and pistol from him before he can regain his feet.”
There was much going on here, mainly with Alosa and her mission to get what her father asked of her. She is very convincing in making other pirates believe that they truly captured her and have every chance of collecting on a ransom for her safe return. Of course, she is such a great pirate and trained in all things piracy, that it doesn’t even pose any actual danger for her to allow them to have her captured (she can so easily escape from them if she really wants to).
“Riden levels his gaze at me. Almost as if he’s not looking at me but through me. ‘You’re truly a heartless creature, Alosa. You kill without hesitating. You can best two men at a time in a fight. You watch your own men dying without blinking. I can only imagine the kind of upbringing you must have had under the most notorious pirate in all of Maneria.'”
There are many parts that were comical, including how easily her escapes were, taking keys or finding her way off the ship just to effortlessly find a way back onto the ship she being held “prisoner”. She’s able to knock members of the crew out without even trying, and she plays to the captain’s desires to be able to search rooms without having to do much of anything.
I wasn’t really sure about the love story in this novel, as much of it seemed rushed, falling for each other a little too quickly without much depth (mostly attraction and nothing else). In the first half of their story I felt as if Riden was more about having any kind of encounter with a women, or the challenge of getting someone like Alosa. It wasn’t until the second half that I started feeling more of an intimate, real, connection between both characters. It showed a bit more of a relationship being formed, with them having more scenes delving into all of it.
“Riden doesn’t answer. He’s looking at me. I’m still focused on him. His colors are split. He’s torn between the loyalty he has toward his brother and what he feels for me. Two entirely different swirls of red–the hardest color to decipher. With most pirates, I can safely assume it’s lust. But it’s not the right shade for what Riden feels toward his brother. Or me.”
As it went on also there wasn’t much in the fantasy side of it as things were left vague in the beginning chapters with a story of something that might be real or possibly sheer folklore. The story moves on from it right away and it is not mentioned until a good amount into the read and even then it isn’t something that really gets discussed. The topic isn’t spoke of much until close to the ending of the novel. It is something that I definitely will look forward to in the next installment, hopefully with more of those fantastical elements to get fully captivated.
***I was provided use of this copy through my library Portage County. All opinions are my own.***