Series: Seafire #1
Publisher : Razorbill | Penguin Random House
Genre : Young Adult |Fantasy
Page Count: 374
Synopsis : 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? (From Goodreads)
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review*
TW: Bombing, death, violence, drug addiction, withdrawal, violence.
I have been excited about this book since the minute I heard about it, a crew made exclusively of kickass girls? YES. Found family? Sisterhood? A mysterious boy from the enemy side? Revenge? YES. YES. YES. YES. When I was asked to join the blogtour, you bet I jumped on the occasion to finally read this promising fantasy. And I have to say, eventhough it didn’t 100% live up to my expectations, it didn’t disappoint either and was a solid debut that left me eager to read more. So, really, this book does its job right.
The writing is solid fantasy writing without being heavy or overwhelming, Seafire is written from Caledonia’s POV, she’s the captain of the Mors Navis, on which most of the book takes place and I really liked seeing everything through her eyes, although I sometimes wished I got more insight on the other girls on the crew, but more on that later. The one criticism I had on this front is that I wish we had a clearer view of the world, Because the whole time I was reading, the book is mostly set in the sea, which is fair, but I only had a very vague image of what the land around it looks like or how the politics, customs, people in general work in this world. And I think that would’ve made a promising book even better.
The pace in this book is absolutely amazing, it’s the perfect balance between high speed, thrilling, fast paced moments and the more scheming, plotting, strategizing moments that are relatively calmer but as important to the plot as the fights and the action which is something I really appreciated. I’d go from sitting on the edge of my seat one moment to finally breathing to sitting on the edge of my seat YET AGAIN. It was a ride. Especially since the ship was chased. While falling apart. While chasing. IT’S WILD I TELL YOU.
Now Caledonia. I love her. Seriously. She’s such a complex and flawed character, she’s a badass captain who’s also deeply insecure and guilt ridden, which is definitely an interesting combination to read especially when it comes to how big of an impact it has on her decision making as well as her interactions with her crew. She’s sharp, quick witted and also quite the authority, which doesn’t always work in her favor, especially when she doesn’t listen to her crew out of fear that stems from trauma but convinces herself “it’s what a captain would do”. That being said, she goes through some serious character development that makes her realize some of these things.
The rest of her crew or… what we saw of it (her command team) is equally amazing as well, Lace, Pisces, Redtooth, Hime and Amina are rocks to Caledonia, they help her make the most important decision, trust and support but never shy away from calling her out when they think she’s doing wrong. I loved them so much that, like I said, I wanted more of them. Don’t get me wrong, we get to see glimpses oof their separate traits and personnalities but I ultimately wanted more fleshed out characters, I think that in this case the book could’ve used one or two additional POVs just to have a more rounded view of all the crew since Caledonia delegates some of the tasks so she’s pretty isolated from some of the members.
The last quarter of Seafire was absolutely fantastic and convinced me that this book is only a glimpse into what’s looking to be an amazing trilogy.
That’s it until next time.
Did you read Seafire? If so, what did you think?
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.