Review of Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller
The fun first book in Tricia Levenseller's trilogy about a teenage female pirate captain sets up a long game toward obtaining a key treasure map and handling hard-to-please fathers--and it lays the groundwork for a forbidden romance between enemies.
Alosa is a seventeen-year-old female pirate captain who didn't secure treasures or rule a ship of motley crew members by being a fool.
So when she gets captured by her enemies, it's on purpose. She's got to search their ship and find the treasure map to end all treasure maps, and she's confident that she's clever enough to do it.
The one complicating factor is the equally clever--and distractingly handsome--first mate on the enemy ship, Riden.
Alosa is playful and sassy, and her banter with Riden is fun. The cross/double-cross setup and forbidden-love tension is intriguing. Alosa doesn't subsume her strength or powers unless she's doing so for a deliberate reason. She's also got a sneaky-thief ability that's a slam-dunk for me.
Not until halfway through the book does it become clear that a possible power alluded to early on is in fact present, and its existence and use becomes a key plot point. The timing of this revelation surprised me; we had been privy to most of Alosa's inner dialogue, and this had been omitted from all of it.
The book is clearly set up for a sequel--the ending felt abrupt enough that I paged forward in my Kindle to try to find more story, only to find that the book was over.
Do you have any Bossy thoughts about this book?
Daughter of the Pirate King is the first in a trilogy from Levenseller and is her debut novel.
The second book is Daughter of the Siren Queen, and the third will be Vengeance of the Pirate King.