Book: Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Series: #1 book in the Daughter of the Pirate King series
Pages: 311 pages, hardcover
First published by Feiwel and Friends on February 28, 2017
Daughter of the Pirate King
A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling high seas tale.
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 worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.
In Daughter of the Pirate King, debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a gripping tale on the high seas.
The Pirate King’s Daughter
Alosa is the daughter of the pirate king. Since her birth, she has been prepared to take her place at her father’s side. The king takes great pains to prepare her for everything. She is a trained warrior and captain of her own ship. To prove herself, she is given a mission to infiltrate an enemy pirate ship and find the map to a hidden treasure. Memories of cruel punishments and the wrath of the pirate king, fear of failure, and a strong need to prove herself a worthy heiress cause Alosa to take dangerous paths to find the location of the ancient map. Her will and patience are severely tested. Her stay on the ship becomes a game of nerves, and her rival proves to be more than worthy.
I will start with a brief analysis of the main male character. Riden is an interesting character full of contradictions. I felt all along that he is too nice to be the first mate of a pirate captain. He is torn between his affection for his brother and his desire to protect Aloss. I sensed from the beginning that there was something different about him.
Alosa as the main character annoyed me a bit with her arrogance. Sure, you could say that’s expected of a main character, but the repetition was over the top. With every challenge Tricia Levenseller gave her heroine, I kept having to hear how great she is, that there’s nothing she can not handle, and that as long as she wants to, she’ll beat everyone else, all by herself. Alosa is the type of utopian heroine, everything is too good for her, and she is the best of the best.
The relationship between Alosa and Riden is very dynamic and there are many humorous scenes. Both are on a mission, but they manage to enjoy the banter that brews between them. It’s a fascinating game of nerves and deception. Who is fooling whom and whether there will be a winner in the story is not known.
There is something magical about the story. Sirens have always been among my favorite fantasy creatures. They are mysterious, dangerous and embody feminine beauty. The power of their voice and the effect they have on men is very well portrayed in this book. I actually thought it was the better plot direction and much more original than Pirate’s Treasure.
“Daughter of the Pirate King” is a very enjoyable book to read.
Tricia Levenseller has a very light and engaging style that is only occasionally replaced by a slight dragging of the plot. The actual story of Alosa and her misadventures aboard the Riden ship flows smoothly and manages to hold one’s attention. Although the love story has a fairly clear ending, the plot is not predictable and even manages to surprise with a few unexpected moments.
I gave “Daughter of the Pirate King’s Daughter” a 4-star rating. The author, Tricia Levenseller, managed to impress me with her surprising and interesting plots. She definitely manages to escape the current trend of the genre and delights with original takes on her worlds.