How is everyone? Enjoying the end of summer? I know I am, because I got to read this AMAZING book! I went into this with high expectations (I mean come on, an all-female pirate crew? Badass!) and this book managed to not only meet my expectations but exceed them!
The first in a heart-stopping trilogy that recalls the undeniable feminine power of Wonder Woman and the powder-keg action of Mad Max: Fury Road, Seafire follows the captain of an all-female ship intent on taking down a vicious warlord’s powerful fleet.
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, who have lost their families and homes because of 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 barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether 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?
This book seriously blew me away. I’m always looking for books with tough heroines, and this book delivered big time. So often, books fall into the trap of making their female characters “tough” by making them unlikeable, rude, and generally mean. Caledonia was strong, caring, and deeply human. I loved her take-no-prisoners attitude and her unflagging belief in her crew. She was endlessly brave, and I was totally invested in her from the start.
Honestly, I’ve been seeing more and more books featuring badass female heroines and I am here for it! This is precisely the kind of book I wanted to read as a kid, and I’m so glad that girls like Caledonia exist for this generation. Without a doubt, I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone- it;s a totals must-read for girls (and guys!) everywhere.
Final rating- 5/5
Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂
Natalie C. Parker is the author of the Beware the Wild duology, the Seafire trilogy, and the editor of Three Sides of a Heart. She earned her BA in English literature from the University of Southern Mississippi and her MA in gender studies from the University of Cincinnati. She grew up in a Navy family finding home in coastal cities from Virginia to Japan. Now, she lives surprisingly far from any ocean on the Kansas prairie where she runs Madcap Retreats with her wife. She tweets @nataliecparker.