Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – REVIEW
“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.
“I am me because I choose to be me. I am what I want. Some people say you have to find yourself. Not I. I believe we create ourselves to be what we want.”
I love pirate-themed books and a friend bought me this one at the end of last year. I’ve seen it mentioned a lot on Twitter and Litsy but I haven’t got around to reading it until now. I decided it was the perfect time as the sequel is out next month and I wouldn’t have long to wait if there was a cliffhanger. Overall, I really enjoyed it. I had a couple of small issues with the writing style but the story kept me invested and was a fast-paced ride with great characters. Alosa is the seventeen-year-old titular character, a fierce, capable and intelligent pirate and captain of her own ship. Her parentage makes her a very intriguing character and I’m eager to learn more about her mother in the next book. I’d also really like to see more of her crew as they were so entertaining.
“Everyone has something dark in their past. I suppose it’s our job to overcome it. And if we can’t overcome it, then all we can do is make the most of it.”
Riden is the eighteen-year-old First Mate of the enemy ship that Alosa allows to capture her, and brother to the cruel captain Draxen. There’s an immediate chemistry between Alosa and Riden and I loved the repartee between them. Both are torn between loyalty to their closest family and wanting their own freedom. They have complicated lives and I appreciated how they matured because of knowing each other. I’m a little worried about a love triangle in the next book with the introduction of Tylon so I really hope it steers clear of that cliche. The story itself is very fun as Alosa tries to find the three parts of a map that once put together show the location of the legendary Isla de Canta, an island full of treasure and guarded by Sirens. The events of the next book are clearly set up and I’m eager to continue on Alosa’s piratical voyage.
“Lass, you’ve the face of an angel but the tongue of a snake.”
My main niggle was with the writing style which I felt was a little repetitive at times. There was sometimes too much exposition and it became quite tedious. A couple of glaring mistakes also jarred me out of the narrative but overall the incredibly fun story and the great chemistry between Alosa and Riden kept me entertained from beginning to end. Alosa is definitely one of the best characters I’ve recently read and I can’t wait to find out more about her powers and parents in the sequel Daughter of the Siren Queen out next month. If the writing style has matured a bit, I can see this becoming one of my favourite duologies because of the sheer entertainment it provides.
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