By Awnali Mills
Alosa is the pirate king’s daughter. She has her own ship, her own crew, and she’ll do absolutely anything to please her father. So she doesn’t hesitate to let herself be captured by rival pirates in order to search their ship for one third of a treasure map that her father has ordered her to retrieve. Alosa has thought of everything, prepared for every contingency, and the years of training her father has given her have made her mentally and physically tough.
But she never expected to fall for one of the pirates.
Don’t be ridiculous. She hasn’t fallen for him. NO. That would NEVER happen. Alosa is too tough, too experienced, and too determined to make her father proud (so what if he’s an abusive animal?). Alosa has goals, and first mate Riden has no part in them. So what if he’s gorgeous, smart, and considerate? He’s a pirate, and she should never, ever, let her guard down. Because pirates can’t be trusted.
I loved this book. I zipped through it way too fast, because I could hardly bear to put it down. Alosa and Riden have both come from abusive backgrounds, and have come out scarred but strong. There’s a lot of smart repartee, even if I thought that some of Alosa’s explanations for what she was doing when she’s caught searching the ship were transparently false. Even though I wasn’t sold on some of the twists, I was so engaged with the story that I didn’t care. Alosa spends a lot of mental energy explaining away her actions when they don’t line up with her mission, and I hope she becomes more self-aware as the story continues. This wasn’t a deep book, but it was a lot of fun, and I look forward to seeing where the sequels go.
Teens and adults who enjoy strong heroines, pirates, or rousing adventure stories (with a twist of fantasy) will enjoy this book. It’s a smidge racy (seduction and innuendo) and there’s plenty of violence, so use your best judgment with younger tweens.