- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (Jan. 2 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250144221
- ISBN-13: 978-1250144225
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.3 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 281 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Readers should rejoice, because we now have a lady Jack Sparrow on our hands! Daughter of the Pirate King kidnapped my interest from the first chapter and never let it go! It's a superior debut with a deeply entangled romance, a fearsome heroine not to be trifled with, a clever hero that you seriously want to trifle with, and a plot twist that makes a rollercoaster seem stable. With a cunning plot, robust writing, and complicated characters, any reader will enjoy being manipulated in Levenseller's capable hands. Definitely for fans of Pirates of the Caribbean, fierce heroines, slow-burning romances, and adventures that can turn sour in the space of a gasp. Not for fans of complacent heroines, soothing plots, or those who don't speak sarcasm." ―Anna Banks, New York Times-bestselling author of Of Triton
"Levenseller makes an impressive debut with this funny, fast-paced, and romance-dashed nautical fantasy, set in an alternate world of pirates, sirens, and myriad islands....This one’s not to be missed." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
" Levenseller has created a formidable female character who can take care of herself as she makes some hard decisions. Hand to skilled readers seeking true adventure with swashbuckling, sword fighting, and a great problem-solving heroine." ―School Library Journal
"Tricia Levenseller's vivacious debut novel, the first in a duology, boasts stormy seas, sexy pirates, swordplay and a heroine who conquers all three with aplomb.... A rip-roaring high seas escapade with a tinge of fantasy, Daughter of the Pirate King will engage and enthrall its teen audience." ― Shelf Awareness
About the Author
Tricia Levenseller is from a small town in Oregon, but she now lives next to the Rocky Mountains in Utah with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and Editing, and she is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, and watching her favorite TV shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn. Daughter of the Pirate King is her debut novel.
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Not surprisingly, I loved Alosa from the very start. The fact that she ended up being whipsmart and tough as hell was just a bonus. There was the perfect balance of sarcasm and irritation in her character, her stubbornness and sass didn’t make her seem too over the top, but she didn’t let anyone push her around. The secrets she was hiding created a whole other twist I honestly didn’t see coming and while I would have been happy to remain outside of this kind-of supernatural realm, it certainly made things a bit more interesting.
While I’m not always a sucker for romances, the chemistry between Alosa and Riden was on fire. I couldn’t get enough. I loved how well they challenged each other and secretly looked out for and protected each other despite being captive and captor. There was a mutual respect which I love seeing in situations like this and it played off really well. Sometimes the romance flourished and overtook the rest of the story-line, but it never lasted too long and it ultimately didn’t throw things off track. Even though Alosa’s actions were influenced by her budding feelings for Riden, she didn’t let it totally overtake her judgement or her goals. She just toned down the badassery a bit and let some people live.
There were some twists and turns at the end that refueled my interest in the story and actually made me excited for the sequel, instead of wishing it had all wrapped up in one book, which seems to happen to me a lot. I’m anxious to see where Levenseller takes these characters next and what the dynamic will be now that Alosa is back in charge. This was definitely an enjoyable read, quite happy to have stumbled on it.
Originally posted on citygirlscapes.com
The story starts right away with Alosa being "kidnapped" by pirates who want to hold her for ransom since she's the pirate princess. The captain and crew of the Night Farer definitely bit off more than they could chew as again and again Alosa proves to be an impossible to contain prisoner. It was so much fun to see her toy with those that underestimated her.
Alosa is my new idol. She's independent, honest and feisty as hell. She doesn't shy away from confrontations and never backs down from a challenge. I wish I could be as ballsy and forward as she was. Every trick she had up her sleeve (one quite literally) had me smiling. She bested most of her enemies in effortless ways. I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of her scorn though; those that have wronged her don't exactly end up in the best positions. Beyond her ruthless demeanor Alosa does have a soft side. Really, she's just a bloody joy to read ;) Her special skills didn't surprise me but I enjoyed seeing it come to light.
The banter between Alosa and Riden is everything. Holy smokes the back and forth, their push and pull were hilarious and hot. The stubbornness they share and the burdens they carry made them such a match. I officially have a new OTP. My shippy heart is oh so full and happy. More Alosa and Riden shenanigans please!!
The tables have certainly turned by the end of this book. Since the title to the sequel is slightly spoilery I won't mention it but I am so excited! If you love girl power, playful banter and pirate-y action then Daughter of the Pirate King is an adventure not to be missed.
If you love strong female characters with a bit of a temper, then look no further, this is the book for you.
Taking on a mission from her father, Alosa gets captured by an enemy pirates in order to retrieve a piece of a map that leads to a mysterious island. The only problem is, the map is no where to be found. When sneaking around at night isn't enough, Alosa must get close to the Captain and his handsome brother to find her father's treasure and prove to him what a loyal daughter she is.
Alosa will go down as one of my favourite characters. I find her very similar to Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass) in the way she talks and thinks. She's extremely intelligent, she's cunning, and the amount of sass this girl has is unbelievable. Alosa will have you on your toes, waiting to see what she does next, or laughing out loud from her sassy comments.
The romance in this story was very well written. I was expecting a love triangle, but thankfully there was none of that. Alosa and Riden have an amazing slow-burning romance that you get to watch grow. While it was a little bit too much insta-love for me, it was still a very well written romance. I definitely ship them.
The writing, the plot twists and the world building were all amazing. The story and world that Tricia created is very unique and captivating. While the characters didn't explore too many places, the author gives us a sense of the world and some of the places that Alosa will be soon visiting. There was just the right amount of action and surprise in the plot to keep you engaged in the story, the twists the author threw definitely caught me by surprise. I'm really impressed.
Overall, this book was fantastic! I can't wait to read more about Alosa and Riden, hopefully as they take on the world. I highly recommend this book to all pirate lovers, as well as fans of strong female characters.
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Genre: YA Fantasy
Recommended Age: 13+ (some mature love scenes and a bit of gore and violence)
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.
In 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. – Amazon.com
Arghhhh ye mateys! Ye be comin’ to my blog to read ‘bout this book? Well, I’ll tell ya ye land-lubber all that I can ‘bout this here book. Okay, now that I have that out of my system, I can talk about Daughter of the Pirate King. First of all this book did so well with the characters. I got to read about a brave girl named Alossa who is fiercely independent, strong, courageous, and quick witted. This character is so well written that the other supporting characters do little to help Alossa out. This is not to say that the other characters are poorly written however, as each had somewhat of a backstory and had a shining moment here and there. Each character, besides a few little background ones, were very well developed and written. The plot was very well paced and developed. The twists and turns weren’t too obvious and the build-up was fantastic. The book as a whole was very well-written and very easy to understand.
The only issues I had with the book was that there were a ton of characters, which could make it harder for some readers to keep everyone straight, and the book ended at a rather crucial point. While this can be an excellent trick to make your readers want more it’s also somewhat infuriating for them to have to wait for the next book to be released.
Verdict: Overall, I felt the book was amazing and an excellent first book for those who are just getting into the YA genre upon graduating from the middle grade genre. It’s a really good transitional book. The book is also very inspirational to young women as Alosa is the type of female character we all need to read about. Her personal strength and bravery are very admirable as are all of her other qualities, except maybe her inclination to be quick to anger. I recommend this book to any beginning YA reader, any YA reader, any adult, and any pirate lover!
If I were being honest, my rating for this one actually falls vaguely between 3.5 and 4 stars.
This book is fun. Loads of fun. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy pirates? I’ve loved the concept of pirates ever since Pirates of the Caribbean. For me, pirates is immediately associated with the feel of adventure, the feel for the unknown, and the opportunity to discover something new, something forbidden, and maybe even something gold. I’m so in love with pirates that when A Gathering of Shadows introduced a pirate subplot with Lila, I was over the moon, even after pirating proved to be a secondary element to the story as a whole.
So you best believe I was ecstatic to pick up Daughter of the Pirate King, an entire book dedicated to pirates and adventure and treasure. And while I enjoyed the book for what it was, I’m not sure I received all that I was looking for.
The characters are, by far, the most entertaining part of the story. Alosa is cunning, deadly, sarcastic, stealthy, and simply a force to be reckoned with. She doesn’t mind killing those who obstruct her path and she uses all the resources available to her in order to get ahead of her enemies. Or so she thinks.
Alosa’s love interest, Riden, is charming and intelligent and has a great sense of humor like all the other characters in the book. However, I don’t think I was entirely sold on the budding romance between him and Alosa. They had witty rapport that elicited more than a few smiles and chuckles from me, but that was just about it. By the end, I felt as if they would have made better platonic friends than potential lovers.
As for the story itself, I felt it could have been more expansive. When I think of pirates, I think of endless oceans, uncharted islands, and multiple encounters with various cultures and peoples. I see a big wide world, yet this story felt very contained as most of the action took place on a ship. In other words, the world-building could have used a boost. I wasn’t able to get a clear picture of the world beyond that ship and when the characters found themselves on land, in a seaside town, there was not much said about the way the houses were built, the way the town smelled, how the people looked, and so on. There was no lore or history associated with the town or any other place for that matter, and this capacity, the story was severely lacking.
And while I loved Alosa, I was not much a fan of the twist. The author did well dropping very subtle hints here and there about Alosa’s true nature, but when it was officially revealed I could not help but feel a bit disappointed. Alosa was far more interesting to me when she was simply a formidable pirate who relied solely on skill and wit to succeed. But after the big reveal, she became something more and a little less at the same time.
By all accounts, I’m a fan of this book, mostly for its pirate storyline. And I’m a fan of the characters. However, I’m hoping for more of an adventure in the next book, one that involves a lot more exploring and sailing of the seven seas. I’d like to see more of the world the author’s created, and hopefully the treasure hunt will feel more like a hunt than a happenstance.
All in all, this is a good book with tons of potential. I’m really looking forward to the next book, just to see what shenanigans Alosa and her crew, as well as Riden, will get up to!