Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

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.

Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.

Rating: 2 Stars

Pirate novels are coming back onto the market and I find that really cool. Pirate movies are always a lot of fun to watch, what with all of that swashbuckling action, but I haven’t read as many novels like that. Getting to now is a fun escape into a bygone era.

I like the idea of a female led pirate crew, especially one that’s got an dueling set of morals. There’s a certain set of morals that belong to pirates, but in novels female pirates tend to mix them with their own brand of ideals. We didn’t get too much of this, however, because Alosa spends most of the book being the prisoner of a rival pirate, which is all part of her and her father’s plan. Of the glimpses we did get of Alosa and her crew I saw some good interplay between her and those crew members.

Alosa herself wasn’t particularly likable. It seems as though she’s set up to be a strong female lead. She’s constantly telling us through inner monologue that she’s so strong, that she can fight three men at once and not break a sweat. She’s the only one that’s ever been trained by the Pirate King, after all, and that’s makes her a bad-ass (my own words, there).

However, she also acts the part of a petulant child more than once during her captivity and that infuriates me. Her constant bragging sounded like just that, bragging. It sounded like the boasting of someone that never expects to have to prove it and is assuring themselves that, even though they’re having their ass handed to them, they could get out of it if they really wanted to.

There was also the fact of her acting as though the most unimportant things mattered. For someone that’s meant to be strong and resilient, she was entirely too full of herself regarding her appearance. There were several comments made about how much attachment she had to her clothes and how she spent much of her gold on face paint. The scene that finally frustrated me was when Draxen, the captain who has Alosa captive, threatens to cut off her hair. Considering he could hand her off to his chief torturer or have another pirate assault her, losing her hair seems the much better option, but rather than face that, the text says,

“he seems not to understand the value a woman’s hair has to her.”

When it’s held up against your life? I should think it would mean a great deal less. That was the moment when I truly lost interest in Alosa and couldn’t understand why she was so special.

Spoiler Alert!

As if all this special snowflake behavior wasn’t enough, about halfway through the novel Alosa has yet another unique trait thrown about her character: she’s half siren! What joys, she’s even more special now, with the ability to spell men with her song and see colors about them that tell her their feelings and read their intentions.

End Spoiler Alert!

The character of Alosa was heaped with too many special characteristics and no real weaknesses. She was set up as an idol that made me dislike her the more I read about her.

I am ambivalent about the ending. It didn’t resolve enough to make the reading worth it and, having been so annoyed by the characters, I’m not sure that I care enough to read the second book if or when it comes out to find out what the conclusion of the massive treasure hunt is. The writing didn’t wow me enough to make me eagerly anticipate the next move of anyone, nor did it engage me enough to enjoy a slow burn of action.

The plot of the novel was really interesting and it had the potential to be really intriguing, but it felt like it got bogged down too much by Alosa and Riden’s weird relationship and Alosa’s flawed character. It took what could have been a truly great adventure story and turned it into an afternoon movie special that didn’t hold my interest past the first third of the book. I think this will be one where I’ll wait for a summary or spoiler filled review of any potential sequels rather than read them myself. There are too many other books on the horizon, begging to be read.

 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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6 thoughts on “Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

  1. Sorry to hear you didn’t like this one. It’s one of my most anticipated books of the season, and I’ve been hearing such amazing things about it. I’m so excited that pirates are trending in YA right now. I LOVE a good pirate story.

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    1. I am happy that pirates are becoming a bigger thing in recent books. I’ve read a few lately, some adult some ya, and it’s interesting to think about the adventures therein.

      Did you ever see or read The Princess Bride? I’d like to see a book about the Dread Pirate Roberts; that would be interesting indeed!

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