Title: Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Square Fish
Audience: Young Adult
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.
Daughter of the Pirate King was a little bit mixed for me as while I enjoyed the plot and characters, I did find it to be a little bit predictable and generic. I did have high expectations for Daughter of the Pirate King, so I am disappointed on the balance of it.
The characters within Daughter of the Pirate King felt a little bit generic to me as they were nothing that I haven’t read before. I feel like I have read many books that have characters similar to Alosa and Riden, and Alosa and Riden just didn’t feel like the best version of that. Additionally, I feel like I would have enjoyed the book more if we had spent a bit more time not getting to know the characters, as getting to know them seemed to take too long.
While there is technically a romance within Daughter of the Pirate King, Tricia Levenseller didn’t flesh it out enough for me to feel as if there was any romantic tension between the characters. Instead, it felt as if there was too much deviation from what we were being told to how the characters were behaving. I’m hoping that in the sequel, the romantic relationship is going to be fleshed out.
The plot is such a big thing in a book such as Daughter of the Pirate King, and while it had an interesting concept, it felt as if it lacked something. I think that something was to do with the pacing as it felt as if some events were happening way too quickly and others were taking too long to come about. For example, an event comes in the final third of the book that I would have much rather happened earlier as it didn’t feel as if Tricia Levenseller properly explored it.
One thing that I did enjoy was Tricia Levenseller’s world building, as I could imagine what the ship felt like and the setting surrounding it. That did help me to progress through the book and not get too stuck.
I am definitely going to pick up the sequel as I am curious where Alosa’s story will go and how far Tricia Levenseller. If you like Young Adult pirate books, you may enjoy Daughter of the Pirate King, but it is not a book that is going to be for everyone.