I had high expectations going into this book, both because of all the awesome hype it was getting and also because I’m a HUGE fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. And let me tell you, my friends, I was not disappointed!
This book is pure fun and adventure from beginning to end, and on top of all the pirate awesomeness going on, there be MAGIC in this book!
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
I challenge anyone to find a more perfect wine to pair with Daughter of the Pirate King than this Pirate TreasuRed red blend! This is probably the best wine/book pairing I’ve found so far, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! ARGH, mateys!
*All wine recommendations are for strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*
The Nitty Gritty
- Title: Daughter of the Pirate King
- Author: Tricia Levenseller
- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
- Pub Date: February 28, 2017
- Pages: 320
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.
At the launch party for this book, Tricia told us the story of her journey to publication and how after her first three novels didn’t sell, she wrote this book for herself and just allowed herself to have fun with it. The fact that Tricia had so much fun while writing this book is abundantly apparent when you’re reading it, because believe me, you’ll be having every bit as much fun reading it.
This book has a similar spirit and tone to that of the Pirate of the Caribbean films, so fans of those movies will definitely LOVE this book. But this story is also so uniquely its own tale. It incorporates classic pirate lore, adventure, and magic in such an entertaining way. This story just comes alive. The characters and world are beautifully developed and leap right off the pages. You will have no problem visualizing each and every scene.
There are so many great things about this book, but my very favorite thing of all is Alosa! She is one FIERCE main character. She’s like this brilliant combination of Jack Sparrow and Celaena Sardothian all in one feisty package, and she’s basically my hero.
One thing I didn’t realize going into this book was how large a role magic plays in this book. This is every bit as much a fantasy novel as it is a pirate adventure novel. Tricia also brilliantly incorporates mythological sea creatures into this story, which adds yet another layer of cool to this tale.
There is also a SUPER swoony romance going on in this novel. I loved Riden ALMOST as much as I loved Alosa.
Tricia also cut this first book off in just the right place, so that it wraps up the first installment of the tale perfectly while leaving us dying to know what happens next.
My only complaint about The Daughter of the Pirate King is that it is only planned to be a duology. I think we all need much more Alosa than we can possibly get in just two books. Please comment below if you agree!
To any of you who are currently suffering a book hangover, I recommend Daugher of the Pirate King as the PERFECT cure. It is so much fun, you’ll be over that hangover within a chapter.
I LOVE the cover of this book. It’s so beautiful in it’s simplicity. The color scheme is awesome, and it perfectly conveys the tone of the story as well as the sheer awesomeness that is Alosa’s character.
I knew going into this book that there were some swoony elements, but I did NOT anticipate exactly how swoony they would be! Let’s just say that Tricia does not hold back during the kissing scenes. They’re every bit as much fun as the rest of the book, and Riden is the pirate book boyfriend you’ve been waiting for.
Fun Facts About an Actual Pirate Queen
During both of Tricia’s events that I was able to go to this week, she told us about this kick-ass female pirate, Ching Shih, whom she researched while writing Daughter of the Pirate King. Here a few fun facts about this FIERCE woman.
- Ching Shih was a Cantonese prostitue, who married a man that was a pirate king in his own right, Cheng I.
- After Cheng died in 1807, Ching Shih maneuvered her way to leader of their pirate fleet.
- Her entire fleet grew to include a crew of upwards of 180,000 members.
- She united her massive fleet by issuing a fierce code of laws, which included being beheaded for disobeying orders, being put to death for raping female captives, and having your ears chopped off for attempted desertion.
Initially from a small town in Oregon, Tricia now lives next to the Rocky Mountains 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 shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.
Have you read Daughter of the Pirate King yet? Did you love it as much as I did? How AWESOME was Ching Shih, and how awesome is Alosa? Do you think we should petition Tricia and Feiwel & Friends for more DOTPK books?