Book Review

Review: Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

I picked up this book on NetGalley despite it having been out for a year. Having recently loved reading the middle grade The Ship of Shadows I was really up for reading another female-dominated, sea-based book.

About the Book

Title: Seafire
Series: Seafire #1
Author: Natalie C. Parker
Pages: 416
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Publication Date: 8th August 2019
Ownership: e-ARC

Rating: 4 stars

Caledonia Styx is the self-made captain of the Mors Navis. She holds with her the terrible secret of responsibility for the deaths of her family, and everyone aboard her family’s ship, after she let her guard down for a Bullet. She won’t make that mistake again. She’s out for vengeance against Aric Athair and all of his Bullet crews. But when a Bullet saves the life of her best friend, and her only remaining link to her past, and he seems willing to provide information, Caledonia needs to change her tactics if she wants to make the most of this, whilst keeping her all-female crew safe.

Review

This was a really fast and exciting story. Sea-chases, sea-battles, the threat of a double-cross, the slow exploration of new places and the constant need to protect the crew. Even better, no real romance, just the sea!

Caledonia is a hard character to love. She has been hurt, damaged and broken. But she is stubborn, intractable and will never give up on what she believes is right. But we see her faith and her focus being shaken as she is pushed out of her comfort zone and forced to adapt to not just a new situation but to a greater risk to her crew. She makes poor decisions, and loses her sense of direction. But I really liked that about her as a character. She is so afraid of losing more people that she is sometimes hesitant about what action to take, even when the rest of her crew are advising something else.

The crew were also super – Redtooth, Hime, Amina, Lace, Pisces, Nettle and Tin. We only got a glimpse of each of these characters, as there just wasn’t time for them all, but they were a mixed, strong and varied bunch. I would have loved more time with the rest of the crew (ie not just the main named characters), and a greater sense of their relationships (whether friendship or romance), as a few things seemed to be dangled in front of the reader, but nothing was quite explicit.

However, it is still a fun and exciting story of seas, battles, lady pirates and the powerful sting of betrayal. It gave me a lot of what I wanted story-wise, but I would have a loved a bit more from the rest of the cast.

I’ll certainly be looking out for the following books – this was a great starter and the ending has left so much open for book two!

I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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