Seafire by Natalie C Parker
Series: Seafire #1
Published by Penguin Random House
Top 3 Genres: Young Adult, Adventure, Fantasy
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source: ARC provided by Penguin Teen Canada in exchange for an honest review.
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Hey guys! That’s it, the end of summer is here! But before saying goodbye to the hot sunny days, I wanted to tell you about Seafire that just came out a few years ago! And a great read if you want to make your summer last a little bit longer 😉
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 mission: 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 the 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?
A dangerous crew…
The sailors of the Mors Navis are special: they are all women with a dark history, they are all renegades trying to escape the web of Aric Athair, a kind of mob lord who is controlling the seas, capturing children and training them to become his soldiers, the Bullets. The author described her characters very well: Hime, Amina, Pisces, Caledonia, Redtooth, Lace, they all had a story and a real personality. It was easy to grow attached to them and want to follow all of their adventures. Being preys or hunters, they take you through the Oceans, always brave and ready to fight!
…In a dangerous world
Another thing I loved about this book is the world building. First, almost all of the action happens on a ship. I am not used to it, but it was a very interesting reading experience. Second, all these hints at an « old world » where technologies and medicine were very important. Sun sail, regenerating glass and other objects like that are the only remains of this world, people have forgotten about it and are not able to re-create it. This gives to the book an atmosphere made of a mix of technology/futuristic setting and 17th-century pirates. Quite fun!
Add to that this dangerous pirate lord drugging his crew, capturing and killing all that oppose to him, and it is not safe to try to sail freely on the Ocean. He is everywhere, and the only solution for the Mors Navis seems to run away and away. Until it is not enough! But well, you’ll have to read the book to know more because I don’t want to spoil you :p
A main character a bit lacking
My only issue in this book was Caledonia, the main character. She is a great captain and has many interesting aspects but she also could really be upsetting, placing herself in a martyr-no one can understand- position. It was a bit too much at sometimes.
In a few words
This book was captivating, because of the world described and the characters we discover through the book. It was hard to put it down once I started it, and it was quite a ride. Tempted to sail on the Mors Navis?
See you for a cup!