Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 28th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a pirate book and I’m happy to report Daughter of the Pirate King was a pretty fun swashbuckling adventure. Alosa, our titular Pirate King’s daughter, is hot-temper and devious, anyone who underestimates her definitely pays the price!
Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by the pirates of the Night Farer so she can search for a piece of a missing map. She’s a handful and despite being a prisoner, she brings the sass and doesn’t make it easier for Captain Draxen and his first mate Riden. I enjoyed Alosa and her cheeky and slightly ruthless personality. There was definitely no damsel in distress in this story.
Lass, you’ve the face of an angel but the tongue of a snake.
The majority of the story is Alosa’s mission to find the map. Which was pretty fun, but also got a bit repetitive as it was a cycle of Alosa pretending to an unwilling prisoner, trying to fake escape, somehow bonding with a few of the “bad guys” pirate, and searching the ship. Oh and dealing with the Riden, who’s both suspicious and enthralled by Alosa.
The romance wasn’t bad. I wasn’t totally head over heels for Alosa and Riden but I did enjoy their back-and-forth banter. There’s a bit of the forbidden romance as they are enemies, both of them a little unsure of their feelings. I loved the tension. Plus there was also plenty of cute moments.
“You’re confusing, and it’s messing with my head.”
“How is that my fault? I’m sure your head was plenty messed up before I came along.”
I can feel Riden’s breath in my face. He’s so close and so angry. I almost want to laugh.
“No, it wasn’t,” he insisted.
Then he’s kissing me.
The last bit of the book was probably my favourite because there was suddenly urgency. It was a situation that Alosa couldn’t easily get herself out of. It also added a lot to the overall story arc and to Alosa’s secret that we started learning about.
Overall, Daughter of the Pirate King was an action-paced high seas adventure. The ending isn’t really a cliffhanger but sets up the next book well. Despite the few things that didn’t quite wow me, it was a fun pirate-y adventure read!
With an angry exhale, I rush back over to Riden’s side.
“Don’t mind me,” he says through quickened breaths. “I’m only bleeding to death.”
“You’re fine,” I tell him.
a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.