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.
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This will be a pretty short review, and, unfortunately, that usually means the book wasn’t terribly memorable. Daughter of the Pirate King is no exception.
On an entertainment level, it was a perfectly valid way to spend an afternoon. I enjoyed it while I was reading it, and it struck me as a good balance between what was once my favorite anime–One Piece–and a less sexy, less intrigue version of Heather Demetrios’ Exquisite Captive. Alosa pulled just enough stunts to hold together her reputation in my mind, and I actually really liked the relationships that she built up while captive on the boat. The supporting cast wasn’t too fleshed out, but the people who were mentioned were distinctive enough that I could tell them all apart.
Granted, the ending started falling apart a bit. There are supernatural powers that come into play about halfway through the book, and I got the feeling that they came in more as a result of writer’s block than anything else. Once I accepted it, the ending came together nicely and left me interested in the next book.
But on a literary level, not so great.
If you take out the pirates and just look at the structure of the narrative, it’s pretty YA cliché. Tough (but also stunningly beautiful) girl goes out on a mission, gets distracted by a boy, discovers that she has super speshul powers that make her one-of-a-kind, saves herself and boy from bad circumstances with said powers.
If you want a truly crazy, tough-as-nails type like Katsa in Graceling or Katniss in The Hunger Games, Alosa is probably not the protag for you. I liked her enough, but objectively speaking, she spends much more time talking about how cool she is than actually doing cool things. About half of her narrative seems like an attempt to prove her point. The fight scenes were unimpressive and rather on the short side, and I generally wanted more than what was going on at any given time.
Overall, I would say that how much you enjoy this one will depend on what you expect from it. If you want a hardcore action and pirates novel, this isn’t it. I’d probably direct you to Nicole Castroman’s Blackhearts instead. Admittedly, wasn’t too huge of a fan of that one either, but for different reasons. If you want an accessible pirate read with a half-decent romance, give Daughter of the Pirate King a try. 2 stars.