Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Pirates
Have you re-watched The Pirates of the Caribbean so many times you know every scene by heart?
Have you ever wished you could wield a sword and battle sea-beasts, explore bright blue oceans and listen to the song of sirens?
Are you fascinated by hidden treasures and pirate rivalries?
And, most importantly, do you like your books uplifting, of the put-a-huge-grin-on-your-face variety?
If you answered yes at least once, then lo and behold! You just found your new obsession!
“Oh, the ridiculous things one has to do when one is a pirate.”
Oh, how perilous and peculiar is the life of a pirate! In order to retrieve an ancient map leading to the world's greatest treasure, hidden in the domain of the sirens, Alosa, the Daughter of the Pirate King, has to allow herself to be captured by her enemies and spend her days being interrogated, so that she can search their ship at night, seeking the piece of the map they possess. Oh, and throw fake escape attempts every now and then, just to make sure that no one suspects her ulterior motives. But there is a certain someone who suspects. A certain someone who happens to be the first mate, brother to the cruel captain and too handsome for his own good. Could it be heat, that curious thing that engulfs them every time they spar and insult each other? Or an act of the fine art of seduction? Whatever that is, Alosa is determined to get what she came for. After all, nobody lets down the Pirate King and lives to tell the tale.
“Lass, you've the face of an angel but the tongue of a snake.”
Daughter of the Pirate King is a superb debut, mates and lasses! It's a blend of swoony romance and merry adventure, wrapped up in sassiness and witty dialogues! Daughter of the Pirate King gives the definition to the word fun; you won't find intricate world-building to mesmerize you, or profound pearls of wisdom to make you ponder on the great enigma of life. Tricia Levenseller, though, works her own kind of magic; you set sail with a bunch of pirates (the vile and the cunning, the superstitious and the kindhearted) and dive into swordfights and treasure hunts, you are enchanted by sirens and fall in love with Riden and bow to Alosa's brilliant mind and her precious snarky attitude, and you savour the fun side of reading. It is simply unputdownable.
“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.”
Alosa is a heroine you can't help but love. She is confident and stubborn, and her inner monologues are hilarious! While she can be cruel and vengeful, she also cares deeply, and Riden is the perfect match to her. He is torn between his loyalty to his (horrible) brother and the need to protect their red-haired prisoner, and you can't always tell which one prevails. His banters with Alosa are hilarious and their scenes toe-curling, filled with tension and heat. And swooning. The smile that makes your face hurt is a permanent effect, and you'll feel utter bliss that will stay with you even hours after you've finished this book and sacrificed cuttlefish to the Sea Gods praying to deliver the next instalment.
If you want to experience this kind of euphoria, all you have to do is grab a copy of Daughter of the Pirate King, a bottle of rum and sing along Jack Sparrow