Review: Daughter Of The Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller

dotpkDaughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1)

Published by: Macmillan 

Publication Date: February 28th 2017

Genre: YA Fantasy

Pages: 320 pages

Format: eGalley



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A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

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.

Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.


Daughter of the Pirate King is the story of Alosa, a 17 year old pirate captain who has been sent by the Pirate King AKA her father to find a hidden map. Alosa along with her crew of female pirates plot her own kidnapping, fully intending to allow herself to be taken by another ships captain. She downplays her physical capabilities as well as other abilities that would give her a serious advantage in any physical altercation. The objective is to be taken onto the ship in order to find the hidden map that will lead them to a Island filled with treasures. There are three important/royal pirate families descended from three well known & highly feared pirates. Alosa is descended from the Pirate King himself and they hold one of the maps needed to find the island, the other two maps can be found within the other two pirate families. Alosa successfully manages to pull off being kidnapped however, her mission turns out to be much more difficult than she had anticipated. Although she was trained by the Pirate King himself in a all manners of defense, it is keeping those skills hidden that will prove to be her biggest weapon. We get to follow Alosa on board the enemy ship as she gathers intel all the while trying not to raise suspicions. After all, no one can know that she fully intended to be captured or what she hopes to find…


The characters in Daughter of the Pirate King remind me plenty of those in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise only I enjoyed this cast a bit more. Starting with Alosa, the daughter who wants nothing more than to make her father proud and follow in his footsteps ruling the seas. Alosa is strong physically & mentally, she is also very sharp & sarcastic which quickly made her a fave. We get a bit of background on her and how she came to be so strong. Her relationship with her father is not a positive one but Alosa is very proud & grateful for how it has molded her into a force to be reckoned with. Alosa has a crew of women on her very own ship, all of which she has handpicked herself. Each woman has their strengths & Alosa values everyone one her crew. Once on the enemy ship, we get introduced to their captain and first mate who happen to be brothers. Alosa & the first mate have some fierce chemistry and their banter throughout the book often made me laugh out loud and visibly shake my head. These two know which buttons to press to get the other one going & NOTHING is too far below the belt. There is plenty more that I LOVED about Alosa that I can’t quite say because *spoilers* but just know that she is seriously kick a**!  I got Merida from Brave/ blended with Jack Sparrow/Pirates of the Caribbean vibes & I couldn’t get enough. I haven’t had this much fun with a cast of characters like I have with Daughter of the Pirate King, in a very long time!


Ok, the selfish bookworm in me just wants to get this out of the way…this book was way too short for me! I need more of this fantastic crew, more of this adventure/quest, more Riden! I had so much fun reading Daughter of the Pirate King that I seriously had to pace myself when I noticed that I was inhaling the book. I want to gush all about what I loved about Alosa but I know that I can’t for fear of spoilers lol. The YA Fantasy genre has been a go to for me this past year & therefore has gotten bit harder to find new story lines/characters. However, not only is Alosa a refreshing new character but she will catch you unawares. Just like she manages to keep the crew of the enemy ship in the dark, we the reader also don’t fully grasp the depth of her skills. We get introduced to a very cocky, self-assured, and brave female protagonist & then we are shown that she can back up everything that she says & thinks she is. Hands down my 1st fave female protagonist in YA Fantasy since…thinking…thinking…yea no, she simply is my favorite (the Illuminae Files girls don’t count cuz that’s more sci-fi lol). This being Tricia Levenseller’s debut fantasy series, i’d say she’s onto something here cuz who doesn’t like pirates? this book will leave you wanting to hop on the next ship out of port to your very first adventure with no care in sight. Many of the fighting scenes have a cinematic feel and overall was a ton of fun to visualize. I can’t wait for the sequel to Daughter of the Pirate King, the next adventure that i’m sure will be packed with non-stop surprises 😉

*HUGE thanks to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Netgalley, and Tricia Levenseller for the eGalley of Daughter of the Pirate King in exchange for an honest review

Are any of my bookish peeps looking forward to meeting Alosa, Daughter of the Pirate King? What do you make of that cover? I can’t stop staring at her fierce red hair contrasted against the black & cream parchment *heart eyes*

Author: LairOfBooks

"I didn't choose the Book Life, the Book Life chose me"

34 thoughts on “Review: Daughter Of The Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia Levenseller”

    1. HAHA! it was your excitement that convinced me to pre-order my copy since I was planning on waiting to buy along with the sequel whenever that comes out. i just loved it SO! that it deserves a place on my shelves now lol 🙂

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  1. girl yes!!!!!!!!!!! i need this book like right now!! YA fantasy with pirates in it??? don’t mind if i do!! i hate when books are so great and feel so short *sad face*
    loving this whole map, capture, hidden thing going on. i need it!

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    1. So sorry Jackie, I’ve been away physically moving homes lol. This book was just a fun ride! I’m a big Pirates of the Caribbean fan (well I was til Johnny ruined a life long crush with his real life drama -_-) Alosa is funny and the on the page chemistry was fun, light, & sexy. Hope you give this one a shot, I had a smile on my face from start to finish 😉

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      1. Pft, you take your time responding to comments. Moving is SO much more important than blogging! (YAY! NEW HOME! I hope it’s amazing and wonderful and everything you want)

        I can’t wait to pick up this book. You are always so on top of new releases. It blows me mind.

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      2. Thank you Jackie! I’m about 85% done with this daunting task of a move. I’m just happy to finally have a little book of my own to read & blog (finally🙌🏼). Hope to have a review up tomorrow cuz I failed last night. I read a bedtime story to my 5 yr old and fell asleep in her child sized bed 😑 neck cramps all day today. This new home is pretty amazing & most importantly safe. We were in a very violent & dangerous area of New York & now we’ve left that behind for what looks like a city suburb if that makes any sense lol. TBH, I never got approved for anything on Edelweiss EVER! Then one day HarperCollins went ahead and approved me for mostly their entire Fall line up in one night after submitting some genuine reasons for requesting The Hate U Give. I was shocked & since then have seen other publishing houses granting me access. I’m trying to stay on top of their pub dates lol. This is the first time I will be a little late with a review; Long May She Reign was released this Tuesday but whelp moving sucks lol. So that’s the reason why I have a lot of the newer titles 😂


  2. Fantastic review Lilly! I’ve had my eye on this book because pirates are my guilty pleasure lol I cant remember, did you ever read The Girl from Everywhere? If not then I think you would like it…

    “I got Merida from Brave/ blended with Jack Sparrow/Pirates of the Caribbean vibes & I couldn’t get enough.”
    Sign me up!


  3. Maybe I should have gotten this one! Your review makes it sound amazing! But I went with Wintersong bc I want it so much. It’s the cover…I am a coverwhore. And the Labyrinth connection. Though it was hard to pick: I won a giveaway and I had to choose a new release of my picking and it was just so hard!


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