Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia LevensellerDaughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1) by Tricia Levenseller
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 28th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 320

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.


Author: Cyn

noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

12 Replies to “Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller”

  1. Oooh I am so excited for this! It seems like such an enjoyable read and I’ve heard great things about it! Thanks for sharing! <3

  2. I am so glad you enjoyed this book! I loved the adventurous tone of the story, and how *fun* it was. There are other pirate books in YA but they are not nearly as fun as this book was. I hope book two doesn’t drag the series down! Stay fun/adventurous, book two!

    Great review, Cyn! Have a wonderful weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  3. I love the idea of a kick ass girl pirate and this sounds like it was fun. Great review!

  4. Alosa sounds like a fun character! Especially the quote about her beauty versus her way with words made me chuckle, Cyn 🙂
    Great review!

  5. sounds kinda fun, been a while since I read a decent pirate book. Glad you enjoyed this one

  6. This sounds like it is a fun read. I love when the heroine is a kickass and Alosa seems like that type of character.

  7. I kind of want to read this one. I haven’t read a pirate story in long time. This one sounds like it would be a fun read.

  8. I’ve heard so many good things about this book! Alosa sounds so fun. Great review!

  9. I’m so torn on this one! I was SO excited when I first heard about it, because pirate books are the best, but I read some less-than-raving reviews and now I don’t know what to do. You saying the romance is okay doesn’t excited me either… GAH.

  10. There aren’t enough pirate books out there! Personally, I’m fine with reading one that’s only ho-hum just for the sake of having another tale of swashbuckling on the high seas under my belt. Plus I really liked the snippets of Alosa and Riden’s banter that you included!

  11. Hy! New visitor here 🙂

    I’m glad you really enjoyed the book despite the 3.5 stars! I’m freaking fracking excited about reading this book! I love that it has pirates and YAASS for the no damsel in distress! Bring on the sassy awesome heroine 😀 Thanks for the wonderful review!

  12. I’m glad you liked it! I have it on my shelf and it looks like a really fun read.

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