Book Review: Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller
Narrated by Marisa Calin
|Rating: 5 Stars|
Published February 28th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
Summary: 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.
Review: I love this book. Let me repeat, because I feel it so hard: I love this book.
Can I just start by saying: OMG, this cover.
Alosa is so bad ass. Her reminders of “Pirate” any time Riden questioned her unladylike behavior cracked me up. She’s basically Captain Jack Sparrow only a tiny redheaded fury, and not drunk all the time. She’s a brazen, smart-mouthed spitfire who is almost too good at her job. She has to keep pretending to be trying to escape so her captors don’t get suspicious of her. I love how many steps ahead she thinks, and how many false trails she lays.
Without revealing spoilers, about all I can say is I loved Alosa fighting with herself, with her dual natures, her instincts.
I fell in love with Riden more than a little as well. He’s just so honorable and un-piratelike. I like how confused he is about his feelings for Alosa, and is torn about his past, her past, his relationship with his family, her relationship with her family… He overthinks everything, and is way too much of a neat freak. He’s so self-sacrificing and good, I want to shake him and go “How are you a pirate?!” OK, Will Turner. Go back to your room and clean it. I love you. *smooch*
Some of the side characters were pretty great as well, especially Alosa’s superstitious guard (Enwyn? I listened on audiobook, so forgive if I’m getting it wrong!) There are a couple of plot twists in there that are very intriguing (though I did see the “big reveal” coming wayyyyyy in advance, but… well, that can you do?)
I listened to this on audiobook, and the narrator is amazing! Marisa Calin does an excellent job narrating Alosa, daughter of the Pirate King. She conveys Alosa’s sassy, witty, fierce personality with excellence, and does a great job of voicing the other (male) characters as well, giving each their own voice. I especially loved this part:
“I’m going to show you something more magical than the stars.”
Oh yuck. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck. I can’t do this. I can’t stand to hear him talk anymore.
You know the narration was good when you pop onto Audible to see what other books they’ve narrated and immediately buy any of them that look emotionally interesting.
You also know the book was good when you immediately go buy the sequel. (Or attempt to, at least. Audible doesn’t have Daughter of the Siren Queen available for pre-order yet, and if it’s not narrated by Maria Calin again I’m going to start a riot.)