Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller


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.

3.5 Stars

Young Adult | Fantasy | Adventure | Romance

I was extremely surprised as to how much I enjoyed Daughter of the Pirate King, and really for a lot of reasons. 

Firstly the atmosphere for the book is intriguing to say the least. The world building is definitely  in the background, not so much a high point of the novel, but nonetheless I think there was the right amount to set up for the readers imagination. For me, there wasn’t a question on the surroundings the characters were involved in. Really just everything – it was decently descriptive in the right amounts.

Aside from the obvious with the minimal amount of world building that was still conveying an amazing picture for my imagination, the characters were absolutely the best part. I absolutely loved Alosa. She is the right amount of blends, Levenseller really made her balanced on her personality. Minus the fact that she is completely sober, she is definitely the female Jack Sparrow. She is hilarious, witty, cunning with the most in-your-face badassary levels that is perfection. She is just an all around great character. Not afraid to get her hands dirty that is for sure, not to mention working her womanly wilds to get her way on a multitude of situations. 

Which brings us to Riden. I think honestly you could even compare him to Jack Sparrow’s personality. He is charismatic, hilariously interesting and beyond cheeky, definitely perfect in the snide sarcastic tone. I enjoyed their bickering together as the novel progressed however this is where a slight issue I had comes to play. Although I enjoyed the romance that started to blossom, it was the fact that it hit an insta-love scenario. Again, I loved their chemistry overall (I even expected the romance to happen and wanted it to happen), but the problem is they were such a great starting point of tension that once the attraction between them was admitted it was almost as if the build went completely out the window, or I suppose off the pages to non-existent. I would have preferred more; just more tension, more banter, more sexual frustration moments that escalated into just something more. 

Because of the romance I also feel like the fantasy aspect took a back seat to the romance. For a chunk, probably half of the book there was absolutely no indication that this was a fantasy. Obviously the genre for Daughter of the Pirate King is marked Fantasy, so I know it was there but it wasn’t adamant in a good portion of the novel, this is always disheartening to me. I will admit that once the fantasy happens, things start making sense surrounding Alosa as character, her historical back story to some degree and her womanly charm. But nonetheless the fantasy aspects start becoming more evident to the backbone of the premise yet felt more or less out of place. I will also be honest to say that I did like the fantasy, I thought it made sense it was a great premise idea but I would have wanted more flow within the romance instead of this manifesting randomly more towards the end. 

All in all, even with my slight distastes of the novel from my personal perspective still doesn’t outweigh the fact that I did enjoy this book a great deal. Daughter of the Pirate King is definitely a great start to the series. With it being my first Levenseller book under my wing, I would honestly say I look forward to seeing what more she could bring to my TBR. The ending was a definite cliffhanger that left me wanting more. Even at a 3 1/2 rating I am super excited to get my hands of the sequel, Daughter of the Siren Queen.

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