Grumpy Book Grrrl

a writer and reader

Daughter of the Pirate King is everything I want in a fantasy. It’s fun and the banter between the main character and the romantic interest was well done. I love banter. Just throwing it out there that bantering can never happen too often.

Alosa is the daughter of the pirate king. He is king because he is the one who successfully grabbed the most power and enough men and ships to secure the seas. There are two other “bloodline” pirates from old families that also have a portion of a map that leads to an island full of riches – a place where sirens dwell.

Alosa is sent to one of those rivals’ ships by her father to try and steal their part of the map. It’s funny because she has to “act” like she’s a prisoner when she’s really just allowing herself to be held. While on her rival’s ship, she meets one of his sons, Riden, the first mate. His brother, the captain, is a squicky jerk.

But, she meets some pirates onboard who sort of help her and provide a sort of rag tag vibe. Her personal crew of females show up a few times. I really liked how specifically Alosa said she valued good qualities in her crew, and how they supported and encouraged each other. Her friends/crew mates weren’t in the book a whole lot, but I liked when they were there.

Halfway through the book, we learn something and the story takes a more fantastical turn. I liked it! Alosa was great. As someone who is NOT a girly girl, I could allow her to be physically strong and a good fighter while still wanting pretty hair and nice clothes made from fine silk, etc. Not every cool heroine has to prefer dirty boots and ripped pants. *mytwocents*

Also, this may be super controversial to say, but authors are not obligated to write “x” amount of certain type characters or have their characters act certain ways. It’s nice to have stories with diversity well-represented, but just because there isn’t an “x” character in the pages doesn’t make it horrible. A lot of times when authors DO choose to try and have diverse roles, they get attacked for not “doing it right.” Readers also have the right to not read books if they don’t want to. Anyway, off my soapbox now. It’s my review space, so I said what I wanted to. Enough about that.

This was a well-written debut novel. I only wish I could come up with such a delightful romp on the high seas. It kept me interested from the beginning, the pacing was good, and it made me want to read the next one!

This is possibly geared towards the lower end of YA, except for some adult male pirates making suggestive comments, and one scene where the villainous captain intends to force Alosa to have sex (but she is quite capable of defending herself and is no damsel in distress). The violence is not graphically described. It’s maybe PG-13?

Anyway, great book! It gets a big thumbs up from me.

One thought on ““Daughter of the Pirate King” by Tricia Levenseller

  1. Great review! I personally love it when an author writes a YA heroine thats tuff but feminine at the same time I feel like I just… relate to them more? Also I could always use some great banter in my books so hopefully I give this a read sometime soon!


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