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Early Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

daughter-of-the-pirate-kingTitleDaughter of the Pirate King

AuthorTricia Levenseller

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Daughter of the Pirate King (Book #1)

Publication Date: February 28, 2017

Format: Hardcover, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250095964 (Macmillan)

ISBN-13: 978-1250095961 (Macmillan)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: Amazing swashbuckling adventure you will not soon forget. This is one of my favorite books I have read in a long time! I suggest everyone pick this one up ASAP!!!

Opening Sentence: I hate having to dress like a man.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The pirate king has just discovered that there is a very special map on board a enemy pirate ship and he decides to send his best mate to retrieve it! Alosa is the daughter of the pirate king and she is a force to be reckoned with! To accomplish her fathers wishes she stages her own kidnapping to gain passage on the ship! After all, who would suspect that a young women locked inside a cell would be a threat?

But finding the treasure map proves more difficult then Alosa had planned and it doesn’t help that the very attractive first mate is suspicious of her! Can she get the map and get off the ship before her carefully laid out plan is ruined by a boy she shouldn’t even consider being attracted to?

I think Alosa might be one of my all time favorite heroines ever! She is smart, ruthless, beautiful, caring and cunning. She loves dresses and nice things but she also has no problem slitting a mans throat if it will gain her what she needs! I would definitely categorize her as an antihero since she has some very villainous traits, but she is also a good person! I loved how bold and spirited she was, it made her very easy to love. She felt like such a realistic character and like I said, she has easily become one of my new favorite leading ladies!

Riden is the epitome of what I would imagine a dreamy pirate would be like! He is charming, perceptive, kind, dangerous and gorgeous! He doesn’t underestimate Alosa and I loved that he treated her as an equal despite the fact that she was a girl! Their relationship was very entertaining and I loved how they interacted with each other. They brought out both the best and the worst in each other and they were so perfect for each other! If you can’t tell Riden has easily become one of my new favorite book boys and I imagine he will be for a long time to come!

Daughter of the Pirate King was everything I wanted and more! There is swashbuckling adventure, steamy romance, bloody battles and cunning pirates all combined into an epic tale that I couldn’t put down! If you didn’t know I am a huge pirate fan and this story was so captivating and extremely entertaining, especially for anyone that loves pirates like I do! The plot was full of surprises, the characters were wonderfully crafted and the writing was phenomenal! The pacing was spot on and the romance was perfection! If you can’t tell, I was a huge fan of this story and I would say it was hands down the best book I have read this year! I would recommend it to all YA fans. it is a story you don’t want to miss!

Notable Scene:

Once they’re out of sight, I smile. Riden isn’t the only one to have gathered information during our little chat. I learned that Riden and Draxen are brothers, sons of the pirate Lord Jeskor. I’m still unsure as to what happened to Jessore and his original crew for Draxen to inherit the ship, but I’m sure I will learn that later. Riden’s a good shot, and he has his captain’s confidence. How Else did he manage to convince Draxen not to kill any more of my men? I wonder what he whispered to him back on the other ship and why he bothered to step in, in the first place. Riden’s concern for the men on the ship, not just with the normal concern that a first mate might have for the men he oversees. I think back to when he told me each of the men on the ship are killers and how sadden he was by it. He feels responsibility for something. Perhaps it is tied to whatever happened to the original crew of the Night Farer.

There are many secrets aboard the ship, and I will have plenty of time to discover them all, starting tonight. I shake my right arm. I feel the metal slide down and slip into my hand.

It’s the key to my cell.

Daughter of the Pirate King Series:

1. Daughter of the Pirate King (February 28, 2017)


FTC Advisory: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Daughter of the Pirate King. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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