The Daughter of the Pirate King Duology by Tricia Levenseller is a wonderful YA fantasy novel about pirates. The best part about it is that our main character, Alosa, is a female pirate captain who is as human as the rest of us, but with a special skill set. She is a character described as a the female Jack Sparrow just with a little less rum.
Book 1: DotPK (Daughter of the Pirate King) is definitely my favorite of the two. It took only about two chapters for this book to drag me into the plot. Once she was on that ship, I was sold. Book 2: DotSQ (Daughter of the Siren Queen) took a couple more chapters than that to fall into especially since I felt that Alosa took a huge step backwards in character development. She doesn’t gain that distance back until the last third of the novel.
DotPK is about Alosa carrying out her father’s mission to find Jeskor’s third of the map by getting herself captured by his sons. One son, Draxen, she can’t stand because he is the epitome of every pirate and the other, Riden, is someone she can’t quite get her number on. Riden is smarter than she gives him credit for, but that goes both ways and they continue to surprise each other.
She spends both of the novels having conflict about her siren side, but it isn’t until book 2 that she embraces it. With the help of Riden and her trusted crew of pirates that she finally gains some control over it. In DotPK, she hates herself more each time that she uses her powers but in DotSQ she uses them more than you would think. The time frame between the two books is about two months.
My favorite parts of DotSQ is we finally get to see Alosa as the pirate captain she is and her interactions with her crew. We also get to see how she loses members of her crew and how she deals with that. We also get to see the dutiful daughter rebel against her father by setting her mother free, helping the sirens fight back on land, and the eventual death of her father Kalligan.
I loved the romance between Riden and Alosa and book two just makes you want to pull your hair out, or take a page out of the little mermaid and kiss the girl. Madsy is pretty much me reading this novel. Besides this the relationships in this novel are what drives it. Alosa and her siren side, Wallov and his daughter Roslyn, Alosa and her father, and more. DotSQ really allows Alosa to flesh out her character as well as the ones around her. DotPK was mostly about Jeskor’s sons and their crew and Alosa’s mission surrounding that.
I would give DotPK a 4.5 out of five stars and DotSQ 4 out of five stars. If you are looking for a fierce female pirate novel than I would definitely pick this duology up. This was one adventure that I was glad took me along for the ride.
If you have a suggestion for the next duology I should pick up, let me know in the comments section.