By: Scarlett Shelley
Wind blowing through my hair, the smell of the ocean spreading in the air, I am taken to a world where pirates rule the sea in Daughter of the Pirate King, by Tricia Levenseller. Each morning after reading, I imagine riding on a pirate ship, and being trapped in a cell below the deck.
The author, Tricia Levenseller, has previously written six novels and one short story. Many of her novels have been nominated for GoodReads Choice Awards for their outstanding reviews. Levenseller is known for writing fantasy novels with romance embedded within the plot, and Daughter of the Pirate King is an exceptional addition to the collection. With about 4 stars on GoodReads, this novel has picked up quite a following.
Daughter of the Pirate King is characterized as an enemies-to-lovers trope when the protagonist meets an astonishing man that could ruin her mission. In this story, readers are taken to a fantastical world where Alosa, daughter of the pirate king and protagonist, infiltrates a ship to retrieve a map her father is looking for. Throughout Alosa’s journey, she finds an unexpected love, and secrets of her own are discovered and tested to their limits.
In other fantasy novels, it can be hard to follow the plot and figure out the new world you are taken to, but not in this pirate tale; the plot works seamlessly and logically in order to make this an enjoyable reading experience. The author takes being “girlboss” to a whole new level with Alosa. Alosa is shown to be a good role model for teens reading along, especially girls. Levenseller characterizes Alosa as someone I aspire to be through her witty comments, such as, “‘Are you certain you wouldn’t want to handle this one yourself? I’m just the girl?’” and the strength built within her. The author uses direct characterization to reveal to the readers what Alosa is like. Furthermore, the novel is written from a first person point of view, which engaged me from the start by giving insight into Alosa's private thoughts. While highlighting her self-reliance, Alosa’s thoughts also reveal her deeper complexity, as she embraces love and navigates the addition of a love interest into her staunchly independent life.
On the flip side, while Levenseller certainly wrote an excellent and engaging novel, at times it feels like the plot could use a little more imagery to describe the characters. It was frequently hard to picture what some other characters looked like due to the lack of description. The author only described Alosa in depth and left out periphery characters.
Nonetheless, I wish I had a personality filled with confidence, spirit, and spunk, just like Alosa.