YA Pirate Fantasy
Pirates of the Caribbean meets The Mummy in Vengeance of the Pirate Queen, a beautifully designed standalone YA fantasy romance, set in the world of Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King.
You can’t be afraid of the dark when you’re the monster lurking in the shadows.
As an assassin working for the pirate queen, eighteen-year-old Sorinda is surprised when Alosa’s next task for her is not to kill a new target, but to captain a handpicked crew on a rescue mission. Unfortunately, her sailing master is twenty-year-old Kearan. He may be the best helmsman the pirate queen has, but Sorinda finds him a real pain in the arse. Sadly, there are few places on a ship to hide from an attentive man.
As the crew of the Vengeance faces dangerous waters and deadly sea creatures, they accidentally awaken the King of the Undersea, a being who can control the dead. Their rescue mission quickly turns into a fight to save the world, but first, Sorinda must save herself from becoming an undead queen.
-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.
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“Killing is easy. The tricky part is being quiet. Being patient. Waiting for the right moment. That’s what makes me good at my job. Being an assassin is not always about the easy kill. It’s about the best kill.”
(4 / 5) Why do I love a female assassin? And pirates? This was a definite read for me. I mean, look at that cover!
“The only thing deadlier than the Pirate Queen is her assassin.”
I read Daughter of a Pirate King a while back and loved it, so when the new editions came out for the whole series, I knew I needed them. I’m such a sucker! But I have loved or very much enjoyed everything Levenseller has written. She has become and auto-buy author for me. As a side note, this book can be stand-alone. It does not need to be read with the others but it is set in the same world with a few of the same characters.
I love a book that focuses on a ship at sea. There is something magical about it. Sorinda is oddly not tasked with killing someone for her Queen, but to captain a ship for a rescue mission. Sorinda has her doubts and misgivings about why she should do it but her loyalty comes through and she agrees. Unfortunately, Kearan is on the ship too, a man she cannot stand. Being on a ship that long with him is something she dreads.
During their adventure, they spend time on land, they find an ancient cave being guarded and are attacked by a sea creature. The adventure was never short with this story. The sea creature was my favorite as you could see just what type of people they are. And who doesn’t love a life-threatening scene where everyone is fighting for their lives? But the biggest twist came for me with the cave and the ancient king and all that it brought to Sorinda. It felt slightly out of place for the pirate story but it was still entertaining. And what would you know, I actually liked the romance in this one. It was small but well done.
AUDIO REVIEW: Fabulous! Krissi Bohn did a great job of instilling excitement when necessary, disgust at Kearan and terror in many life-threatening or life-changing situations. I love an audio that makes me find things to do so I can keep listening!
General content summary: some language, assassin kills (throats slit, snap neck), physical violence (knocking people unconscious, stabbing, injuries), sea creature attack (blood, many die, fighting), multiple skeletons seen, m/f kiss, family murders witnessed by young girl (previous), young girl kills man, undead people, missing girls.
Thank you to Feiwel and Friends, NetGalley and MacMillan Audio for the copies!
The book releases November 17, 2023.
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