In an effort to get back into some YA fantasy, I drew Daughter of the Pirate King off my TBR shelf and got down to it. (Insert that cute little salsa dancing emoji.)
First things first, I think DotPK could’ve easily been a one-day-reading. The writing flows and reads quick, quick, quick. I didn’t quite make it there in a single day (fell asleep on the couch with both the dogs) but would’ve loved to have had it on a day off with no plans.
Secondly, I had minor issues (see below) but not enough of them to take away from the fun of DotPK.
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.
Fun, right? Captain Jack Sparrow vibes and a clever, capable female MC.
(And ruthless, might I add.)
The characters were easy to love AND/OR hate – each falling into their respective categories, along with a few who straddled the line. The setting was fun = the great open sea + the belly of a ship. There was mystery, gore, mythology, family trauma, (good) sexual tension, and adventure.
The only setback, for me personally, was the mish-mash of childish dialogue. Here we have all these trained killers and thieves but yet…they still talked like petty teenagers. Which, I guess, they were but still – I caught myself eye-rolling at times.
Overall, perfectly enjoyable read and had me downloading the sequel the same day I finished: Daughter of the Siren Queen.
Have you read DotPK? What were your thoughts?