Captain Alosa Kalligan (17) is on a mission: to be captured. It is part of a plan to help her father, the king of the seas, who is on a mission of his own to find hidden treasure. She is "captured" by Draxen, captain of the Night Farer. In her time on board, Alosa uncovers truths about her father’s regime the treasure, and herself. Captain Draxen is no match for Emma, but Draxen's brother and First Made Riden is complicating things. Her resolve and loyalty are steadfast, but her heart? If only things had been different.
Teen Student Reviewer (15):
I loved that I found out little by little alongside Alosa. I didn’t know the whole story, and neither did she. At the same time, there is a good bit of dramatic irony in the revelations of certain “attributes” that Alosa herself possesses. Another thing I liked is that as captain, Alosa handpicked her own crew, which was formed only of women and girls. I loved the women's empowerment and acknowledgment of certain contrasts when working in male-dominated fields. Of course, here it is pirating, but that connection can be made in the real world in a variety of situations.
The mystery and intrigue are great, and the comedic relief from the crew of the Night Farer is witty and entertaining, too. Strong protagonists and plot make this a potential re-read, even though I recommend borrowing it. I certainly enjoyed this book, but there’s many more similar to it and while I haven’t read them, they may be better.
The pirate adventure is fun, but a strong, wily female pirate captain? and lively banter? Yes, please.
Sexual references and violence are part of the plot. Our teen reviewer also notes PTSD as a possible trigger in the story.
This is the first book in an adventure duology with a female pirate in the leading role.
In addition to Alosa's own personal journey and discovery of her strengths, the story highlights the importance of honesty and the burdens that come with carrying secrets
13 and Up
12 and Up
Teen Student Reviewer. Reviewer's age" 15.
Borrow. It is enjoyable, but the story is not so unique that you'd want to buy it.