Title: Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King, #1
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: February 28th 2017
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.
– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com
My Thoughts On…
When Alosa is captured by pirates, hoping to hold her ransom to her father, it isn’t an unfortunate accident on her part or skill on the part of her enemies. Alosa allowed herself to be captured by Draxen and Riden for one purpose only, to search for third of a legendary map the brothers have which will lead Alosa’s father to the legendary siren island and the untold treasures there.
Daughter of the Pirate King opens at the heart of the action as Alosa’s ship comes under attack and she’s taken prisoner. Right away I loved Alosa’s character, she’s witty, determined and smart, and while the pacing of the story slowed down a little after the first chapter there was still plenty to keep me engaged. Alosa’s deadline slowly approaches and she struggles to find the map aboard her enemies’ ship which leads to her taking bigger and more risks.
Being locked in the brig isn’t a problem for Alosa, neither is being surrounded by cruel and vicious pirates as none can be as vicious as her father. However the longer she spends aboard the more places she crosses off her list of hiding places for the map, and the more Draxen begins to get impatient with her lack of answers as to where her father can be found. Alosa may be the daughter of the pirate king, feared across both land and sea, but if she doesn’t find the map soon she’ll have to face his wrath.
There was plenty at stake for Alosa, and she was without any back up or support, but there was never a moment where she gave into her fears. She got more desperate as she search more and more of the ship and still turned up nothing, but the longer she stayed on the ship the more intricate her plans needed to become to continue her search without seeming suspicious. There was plenty of danger and secrets that needed to be uncovered in this story and I was hooked.
Alosa is the only person Kalligan trusts with finding the map. Ever since she was a child she’s been taught to be fearless and strong, and she’s confident in her skills as a captain and a pirate but less sure when it comes to the gifts she has from her mother. It made for an interesting contrast seeing Alosa scared of that part of herself, but it was great that she didn’t let that uncertainty slow her down.
Although we don’t see them much in this book it’s clear that Alosa has a very strong bond with her crew. They’re her friends, her family, and it’s unlike her to be completely cut off from them surrounded by the enemies. However she knows the only way for her plan to succeed is if she plays the victim.
Riden is a much harder character to read, and not just because the story is solely told from Alosa’s POV. When it comes to the Draxen’s crew the only one Riden feels any kind of loyalty to is his brother. Their father was cruel and abusive, and it was always the two of them standing up for one another. Now their father’s gone, despite how cruel he can be, how much of a monster he seems at times, Riden still stands by his brother’s side.
He does try to protect Alosa as much as he can. Riden is aware she’s hiding something, that she seems to have some other reason to remain captive on the ship. He’s also one of the first to realise she’s more than she seems when she finally becomes desperate enough to use her mother’s gift to search for the map.
The relationship between Alosa and Riden was slow to develop, so much so that it didn’t fully develop into anything in this book. Alosa first and foremost is after the map, and if she can use Riden to her advantage to find it then all the better, and in the end Riden’s brother will always be the first person his loyalty belongs to, their shared past too much to throw away.
The majority of this book is set on Draxen’s ship, and as the story is told in Alosa’s POV we don’t get to see much more of it than the few areas she sees which end up being the brig and the few rooms she explores when she finds an opportunity to. What I loved about Daughter of the Pirate King was the concept; a world where even the land was cowed by the might of the pirate king. Kalligan has a far reach and a lot of enemies but he’s managed to create an empire and I would have liked to see more of that. In the end it wasn’t so much the world building that stood out for me but the characters, discovering more about them and their personal goals.
Daughter of the Pirate King opens in a way that sets the tone for the rest of the book, and while the rest of the story isn’t quite as action packed it was engaging enough to keep me hooked until the last page. The back-and-forth between Alosa and Riden, as she comes up with escape plan after escape plan and he tries to uncover what she’s hiding, was definitely entertaining.
What did you think of Daughter of the Pirate King? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.