Daughter of the Pirate King is one Swoony, Swashbuckling Adventure

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!


Wine Pairing

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

GoodReads Description:

33643994.jpgThere 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.



My Review


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.

Cover Rating


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.

Swoon Worthiness


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

portrait-of-ching-shihDuring 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.

 About Tricia Levenseller

pkfa3z_6Initially 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?

22 thoughts on “Daughter of the Pirate King is one Swoony, Swashbuckling Adventure

  1. Mandy says:

    Okay, screw it. Goodbye TBR. This book is being read now – preferably tonight. Preferably as soon as I lift myself off this couch. Dear gosh, this sounds amazing. Fantastic review, Krysti, and I’ve found my mission tonight is to find out how much I can binge read this. Fantastic post!

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  2. LairOfBooks says:

    EPIC review Krysti!!! “This book has a similar spirit and tone to that of the Pirate of the Caribbean films” Absolutely!!! & Alosa is def. a mix btwn Captain Jack Sparrow & Celeana Sardothien LOL! I’m a bit sad to hear that this will only be a duology, as you’ve mentioned this was tons of fun to read. I giggled & laughed out loud on a few occasions. Loving the facts you included about Ching Shih, learn something new every day 😉

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    • YAandWine says:

      Thank you! It is SUCH a fun book to read. I’m really hoping they’ll do more of them. Fingers crossed! Yeah, Ching Shih is FASCINATING! I loved learning about her from Tricia.


  3. sophiethestark says:

    Oh yay, Krysti!! 😀 I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! Your review left me super hopeful ❤
    I'm absolutely thrilled to start it (I got my copy yesterday!) and see if my expectations are met as well. Can't wait! ^^

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