Monday, August 20, 2018

Review: Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

SEAFIRE (Seafire, #1) by Natalie C. Parker 
Release date: August 28, 2018
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 384
Reading level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Source: First to Read
Links: Author 
• Goodreads • Amazon 

Overall: 4.25 out of 5 stars 
After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric's armed and armored fleet.
But when Caledonia's best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all...or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for? 

SEAFIRE was great! I loved the characters, the plot, and all of the exciting adventures. The story opens with Caledonia and her best friend losing their families to the evil Aric Athair and then continues with Caledonia captaining a ship full of fellow women as they fight to preserve their lives and stop Aric Athair. I've always enjoyed novels and movies that take place on ships. Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my favorite series on film and I've loved the Bloody Jack books for years. SEAFIRE was not historical fiction, but was taking place in an alternate world. Natalie C. Parker did an awesome job bringing this world to life. While the majority of the novel took place at sea, we also got to learn about different communities and groups of people on land. The ending was a big cliffhanger, so I am eager to read the second book when it is released.

Caledonia was an awesome main character. She was dealing with significant trauma because of her role in the loss of her family, but she was also a brave and well-liked captain. The relationships Caledonia had with her fellow crew members was my favorite part. You don't often come across a book with so many strong female characters and the relationships varied from close friendship to love. I especially enjoyed seeing Caledonia and Pisces (her oldest friend) challenge each other to be their best selves. Redtooth, Hyme, and Amina were all great secondary characters. There is romance, but it is not the main focus of the story and is more in the background. Caledonia is focused on getting revenge and protecting her crew first and foremost.

The beginning was a little slow, but the last half of the book was very exciting. We didn't get to see much of their enemy, Aric Athair, but I am sure he will make an appearance in the rest of the trilogy. Aric brainwashes and kidnaps kids from around the world and uses them to do his dirty work. This was an interesting concept, and I'm interested in seeing how that will play out. It only took me a day to read SEAFIRE and while I wish the ending gave more clarity, it left me eager for the sequel (which I'm sure won't be out for quite some time). If you are a fan of fast-paced adventure novels with a strong female cast of characters, this will not disappoint. 

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