Book Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller


“I am me because I choose to be me. I am what I want. Some people say you have to find yourself. Not I. I believe we create ourselves to be what we want.”
― Tricia Levenseller, Daughter of the Pirate King

Hello, hello! I’m back with a review, and this time I’m gonna talk about my opinions of Tricia Levenseller’s bestselling debut, Daughter of the Pirate King.


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.

Sounds pretty cool, right? Alosa is the kick-ass lady protagonist of this book. If I could describe her in three words, I’d say she’s strong, independent, and fierce. She’s the flame of the sea, and she has the guts to prove it. She’s basically the pirate version of Merida.

“Lass, you’ve the face of an angel but the tongue of a snake.”
― Tricia Levenseller, Daughter of the Pirate King

Daughter of the Pirate King is a fast-paced adult novel that will prove to the world that women are more capable than we seem. Few books have pirate women in them, and as author Anna Banks said, “Readers should rejoice, because we now have a Lady Jack Sparrow on our hands!”

First of all, the world-building is absolutely brilliant. The author knows pirate ships well. The setting is just so dreamy the way the author puts it. It reminds me of summer, and I suddenly want to go to the beach haha.

Let’s go back to Alosa, shall we? She’s fierce, she’s bold, she’s sassy, but she’s very proud. A bit too much though, if you ask me. She keeps bragging about her skills and talents and how she could take on ten men a time and all that…but I feel like it lacks proof you know? I mean sure, there were certain scenes in the book that showed just how good she is at fighting, but meh, not enough. Just the regular fighting scenes you find in YA books. And though she brags a lot about her cunning work, she often gets carried away. Sure, she’s clever, but her pride is the one thing that gets her into trouble. A bit humiliating.

But hey, I like Alosa. It’s not everyday that I get to come across a fierce lady who has jaw-dropping fighting skills.

And now let’s move on to dear, sweet Riden. That’s another addition to my long list of book boyfriends. He’s mysterious and tough, but there are times when he’s vulnerable that makes me swoon. He’s a bit of a contrast to Alosa.

The plot is outstanding. There were plot twists here and there that just makes me want to smash something. The pacing may be fast but the events flow freely. Daughter of the Pirate King is a quick, delightful read.




4 / 5 Dragon Eggs






7 thoughts on “Book Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

  1. andywinder says:

    This sounds like a whimsical story and one that really takes you on an adventure! And I love that you rate books by dragon eggs 🙂 Do you mostly review fantasy and, if so, do you have any fantasy YA recs?

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    • Athena | The Night Faerie ☽️✨ says:

      Thank you so much! I review all sorts of Middle Grade and YA books, including fantasy. A few YA fantasy books I’d recommend is Everless by Sara Holland, A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess (Victorian setting) and Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (Mozart music + Beauty and the Beast). Tell me what sort of stuff you’d like in fantasy and I’ll try to think of a book you might like 😊

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      • andywinder says:

        Oh way nice! I’ll totally check those out, the Mozart one especially sounds interesting. As far as stuff I like, I really like books with compelling characters and I also have a soft spot for humor sci-fi/fantasy (like Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams type stuff). Or if you know any LGBTQ YA fantasy, I’d love recs in that genre because I haven’t read as much!

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