Seafire by Natalie C. Parker


Natalie C. Parker

Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. Pairing gorgeous prose with pulse-pounding action, Seafire reminds us of the importance of sisterhood and unity in the face of oppression and tyranny.

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A warlord killed Caledonia's parents and kidnapped her brother. Now, on the deadly Bullet seas, Captain Caledonia Styx and her all-female crew are ready for revenge.

"This is Mad Max by way of Davy Jones, a high-energy, breathless adventure [about] a group of damaged girls who find home in one another." --Booklist

"The pace of the book is fast and relentless, and the action sequences tense and believable, but the best moments are the ones in which the female relationships shine." --NPR

"One of the most spell-binding adventures of the year. This is female piracy at its best." --The San Francisco Chronicle

"The best kind of fantasy. . . . impossible to put down." --Paste

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?

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 reminds us of the importance of sisterhood and unity in the face of oppression and tyranny.

Advance Galley Reviews

Wonderful book. Highly recommend the book and author.

This was my first ARC and I felt lucky to be selected. It took a while for me to get into the story and honestly was not one of my favorites. However, I would recommend to those who like strong female characters and girl power.

I really liked the girl power in this book, the ship was cool, but there was a LOT to follow and keep up with. The plot took a long time to start getting interesting and I feel like the cliffhanger at the end was really forced. I'm all for sequels and trilogies and whatever else you want to do, but don't make it so obvious. I'm not sure I'll be interested in reading any more - the cliffhanger didn't really capture my attention enough to want to continue. This was a really hyped book - and the premise of a bunch of bada$$ chicks on an adventure out in the open water sounded awesome! The descriptions of the world, the sea, the islands, the stops they make are fantastic, but for me it was Caledonia and Pisces relationship that fell flat for me and ruined it. The arguing about the boy with Pisces really blew the girl power aspect for me and by mid way I felt it just got repetitive and disconnected.

A surprisingly interesting story that I didn't think I'd enjoy this as much as I did. It's good and entertaining. 3.8/5 stars

Pirates out for revenge! I loved the plot and the main characters! Pisces and Caledonia's friendship was fierce and it felt like a true sisterhood among the crew. My only gripe is that I wish more of the crew had been introduced to us as readers because when something major happens a few of them seemed brushed to the side because of one girl that we really got to know. I understand that it would have been impossible to introduce over 53 characters and not bog down the story. I just hope more of the characters get to shine in the next book.

I really enjoyed all the girl power in this book. I also liked the fact that friendship and family was a main theme of the book. I loved all the action and the fact that the pace was fast. I thought that the characters were well written. This was an action-packed, full of girl power read !

I thought this book was going to have sapphic pirates, and though there were sapphic pirate side characters, I was disappointed that the main romance was not sapphic. still, it was a pretty good book and I really enjoyed reading about this pirate sisterhood.

My Review: I have really been on a big pirate kick lately but have really been disappointed in the YA fantasy selection featuring pirates. Luckily, that is no longer the case, I really enjoyed this one! I loved the unique characters, the lady power they had, the close knit ties, and of course all the twists that are thrown at you throughout the book. The book is fast paced and the pages just keep turning. The world building is smooth and creates a world so vivid you can see it. I am a little disappointed that yet again there is some kind of drug use involved in a pirate story, this really bothers me but that is entirely a personal opinion. Even with that one element I wasn't a fan of, this book was definitely a solid start to a trilogy and I can't wait for more books to be released!

Seafire was absolutely riveting and is the pirate sisterhood story I’ve been wanting! This is a fascinating first novel in a series with a strong world and nicely fleshed out characters to accompany it. Caledonia Styx has lived a life on the sea. And with that life comes rules to help protect you and yours from a brutal warlord that never stops taking. Cala knows the rules and has never broken them, until the night comes that she does and loses those most precious to her. Now, four years later, Caledonia is captain of her own ship. With a capable crew of women and girls by her side, Cala seeks to dismantle the Bullet army and reclaim a freedom she’s never known. That is, until a young Bullet finds himself on her ship, begging for an escape from the enemy force he’s a member of. Will Cala break the rules again? Can she trust the information this Bullet promises to share? From the start of this book you’re hit with action, an incredible world, beautiful writing and complex characters. I found myself so surprised by the ingenious world building in this, I cannot wait to see more of the Bullet Seas and hopefully beyond the Net in the future! Cala is the type of main character I love because I still found myself questioning her actions and disagreeing with her rationale at times. She is multi-dimensional, fierce and loyal to her cause. So loyal that she can be blinded by better choices right in front of her. That said, Cala clearly suffers from survivor’s guilt and it is easy to see why she has become so unbending over the years. In addition to Cala, this story has one of the most engaging groups of supporting characters I’ve come across in awhile. Pisces, Hime, Redtooth, Lace, Nettle, Amina and Oran are all incredibly unique and each bring a new strength to this story, rather than feeling as though they’ve been added in just for the sake of things. This story also doesn’t shy away from tragedy, so be ready to keep your favorites close! Finally, my favorite character in this story is Lir. We only get brief glimpses of his character but he is a driving force for much of the story and I cannot wait to learn more about him. I so badly need to know what motivates him and if everything he said at the beginning of the story was a lie. Is he just obsessed now or is there anything redeeming about him? Despite his very obvious faults, I want him to be a character I come to love and I feel Natalie C. Parker could make this happen! For much of the story all I wanted Cala to do was hunt Lir down so I could learn more about him. Overall, I highly recommend this book if you love pirates, rich worlds and sisterhoods built out of camaraderie and respect. The ladies in this book take the cake!

Seafire was such a cool, kick ass, girl power story! It was engaging and the characters were so relatable. I feel like it did have some moments of dragging however and some issues of world building where it didn’t make sense to me until the end that this was a futuristic type society but living with less modern convienience except for weaponry. I think that was the only drawback to me, but based on how this ended I think the tech will come into play heavily in the next in the series. I definitely think this will be a great trilogy and I can’t wait to see what Cal, Oran, Pi and the rest of the Mors Navis do in the next novel.

I really enjoyed this book and the characters and the way the story itself was written. Every time I picked up the book I would get so enthralled in it and lose track of time. I enjoyed learning the personalities of the characters and the backgrounds that showed me how they became who they were. Caledonia and Pisces had a rough start to their adventure in this story due to a false trust in humanity but lesson learned and years later they were a strong duo. They created a very trusting, loyal and powerful group of young girls and woman in their all female crew that worked hard for everything they took. I will definitely recommend this book to YA fans and look forward to reading the next book in the series!

4.5 stars... I could read about Pirates sailing the high seas all day, everyday. There's something about their stories that just call to me and this one was no different. It has everything you could ask for in a pirate story with the added bonus of an all-girl crew. I was a little put out by the ending though. It didn't ring true to me at all, that Caledonia would go through all that trouble to find and kill Lir and then when she has him dead to rights she doesn't finish the job!? She's been waiting for that day to get revenge for years yet she just walks over his body and jumps off the side. The Caledonia that I got to know in the book would have finished him off no matter what so that just shouted to me loud and clear, that it was written that way solely to keep Lir in the story. By not acting, she literally made the entire venture, the deception, and the risk absolutely pointless! That was the only part of the whole story that I had an issue with but it bothered me enough that I deducted 1/2 star for it.

This is my first pirate book and I can honestly say I was not disappointed. An all female pirate crew, sign me up. I found the story very entertaining. There was so much action I was afraid to put it down fearing I might miss something important. It starts with a bang Caledonia making a mistake that cost to lose her family. She becomes a pirate captain of her own ship vowing revenge against the men who caused her pain. I will be picking up the hard copy for this.

Absolutely fantastic! 4 Stars When I learned that I was selected for an ARC of Seafire, I legit squealed and scared the beejeebus out of my dogs; one jumped up in my lap and the other proceeded to bark at..well, I'm not sure. She's a little odd. Anyway, back to the book. The concept of female pirates totally grabbed me. This is my first pirate-y book and it was most definitely my first female pirate-y book. I think I may have found a new genre/sub-genre to love! The story kept me gripped from the beginning and there weren't any dull spots. It was fast-paced and action packed. There were so many strong female characters, I loved it! Pisces was my favorite. I loved the friendship between Caledonia and Pisces. Love, trust, and support like they have is hard to find. It made me miss my bestie who lives in another state. I will definitely be buying a hard copy for my shelves and making my 12 year old daughter read it. She likes mushy romance but I've been pushing her to read more adventure with kick butt heroines, and Seafire definitely fits that bill!

I gave this a 3 out of 5 stars. I think that this was a good book, my only critique would be that I wish there was a bit more character development in the first couple of chapters. There was alot of stuff that happened that would have made a bitter impact if they let us get to know the characters a bit more than they did. I also could have done with a bit more world building when in came to the beginning, they had these old school ships (or so they seemed) but yet they had engines and solar powered things. I wish she would have expanded on it a bit more- I spent a good amount of time trying to figure out if I was reading it incorrectly.

*Rounded up to 3.5 All of her life Caledonia has lived her life on the deadly seas. After losing her family, Caledonia becomes a captain of her own ship, Mors Navis. Not only is this ship unique because of its captain, but also because it is an all girl ship. Caledonia and her crew all share a common vision: to destroy the men who have brought nothing but sorrow and pain to their world, Aric and his fleet. The girls’ worlds are turned upside down after a nearly fatal accident which lends itself to a boy coming aboard. Could he have the answers necessary to take down Aric and his fleet, or is he looking to take down the girls of the Mors Navis? I was hoping to like this book more than I did. To be honest I wasn’t sure if I was going to bother reading it, but I saw all the hype for the book and it had me curious. Overall, I enjoyed getting to know Caledonia and her crew throughout the story and often thought they were doomed at times. I found myself saying, “Oh no! Now what?” Or “How are they going to overcome this.” I found the ending to be lackluster and rushed. However, I am intrigued to see what the author does to continue the story in book 2 and will probably add the trilogy to my TBR list. **Note: while this book does feature an all girls crew only one relationship between the crew members is BRIEFLY hinted at.**

Firstly, I had to read this on ADE as I couldn't get this to my kindle from Read First. I've never read from ADE and it was hard work! This aside, I loved this *see note at end!*. Girl pirates who are totally kick ass, I couldn't have wanted more (apart from to read on my actual kindle!) Caledonia (fab name!) has a small error in judgement and boy does she pay for this! She then sets out in the world on her own (well apart from her crew!) And now to make Aric Athair pay! This book was a great read, female empowerment at it's best, beautiful friendships AND THEN....... THE BOOK EXPIRED AND I HADN'T FINISHED! DO YOU KNOW HOW FRUSTRATING THIS IS? IT'S STILL 2 WEEKS BEFORE THE BOOK COMES OUT AND I HAD UNTIL 28TH TO REVIEW! Now I'm going to sit here and cry until 28th until I can actually find out what happens! Then I may adjust my review!

Caledonia has only been able to stay alive and create a thriving ship of female pirates because she follows her dead mother’s rules. The one time she didn’t follow the rules and trusted a Bullet, her whole family was murdered. Caledonia and her cousin, Pisces, were the only ones to survive their family’s attack. They have spent the rest of their lives working to bring down the Bullets and stop them from harming other families. Caledonia is forced to confront her fears, past, and rules, when Pisces is saved by a Bullet and fights to save him, in turn. With the Bullet, Oran, as prisoner, Caledonia learns that her brother and her cousin’s brother are not dead but forced to fight with these villains. The girls and their crew work together to reunite the families and cripple Aric and his Bullet forces. This was an action-packed steampunk pirate novel. While it had more action than I typically enjoy, it offered enough plot and character development to keep me hooked. This book will appeal to a wide range of readers, especially because it provides more action than female protagonists typical receive.

It seems like female pirate/sea queen/siren books are on the rise, and I'm all for it. Seafire features not just a fiery female captain, but an entire crew of fierce ladies, and the absolute girl power and sisterhood between the crew is amazing. Caledonia Styx once made a mistake that cost her her family and almost her life. Years later, she's the captain of her own ship and determined to take down the fleet of Aric Athair, the warlord responsible for making her an orphan. Of course, she can't do that on her own, and she's gathered a crew of steely ladies to fight by her side. I absolutely love the all-female crew. Pisces, Amina, Redtooth, and the rest of the girls have all been hurt by Aric in one way or another, and they're out for revenge. That doesn't mean they're all teeth, though; there's a real camaraderie between these women, and they go above and beyond to take care of one another, creating a nice blend of sugar and spice that reminds you to never underestimate girls on a mission. The world-building was a bit unexpected, but not displeasing. I believed Caledonia was sailing around in the Golden Age of Piracy only to discover that her world is some sort of dystopia where most technology has been lost, leaving the remnants--solar sails, lithium batteries, nanotech--highly coveted. It was a bit of a strange disconnect, but only because there's not much information given about the past or what exactly happened to lead everyone back to sailing and piracy. I'm hoping the next book explores history a bit more to really flesh out the advanced technology. The story certainly keeps moving, with plenty of action and a number of surprises. There are plenty of sea battles that show off the skills of the girls and are just a lot of fun in general. The action keeps going until the final page...and then the book just abruptly ends. I had to double-check that my e-ARC wasn't missing the final chapter, but no, the story really just ends that abruptly. It's certainly a cliffhanger, but not a very satisfying one, and although I will definitely be picking up the next book, I can see some people giving up at the end. Seafire is a ride from start to finish, and the girl power, the sea battles, and the cliffhanger will definitely appeal to fans of Daughter of the Pirate King and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Wow. That's all I can really say at the end of this book. It wow'ed me. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I mean, I expected to like it, but I didn't think that I would love it like I did. It was a very fun and excellent ride. I started reading this at about 10 at night, just intending to get a few pages in before I went to bed. I ended up reading about a fourth of it and absolutely loving it. Then, between my breaks at work and the time I had when I got home, I finished it off the next day. It was binge-worthy and kept my attention the entire book. I loved these characters, this story, and the world. I thought that everything was well-planned out and all the strings were connected, yet it wasn't too complex and overwhelming. I never knew for sure what was going to happen and while it terrified me, I also loved that aspect of the book. The thing about this book is that the characters really make it a game changer. This book is primarily about a group of female characters, with only a handful of men in the entire story. I loved that. It was awesome to see an all-girl crew that knew how to fight and be strong without men. In fact, one of the rules on the ship is that no males are allowed. I just loved how feminist and badass they all were. Not only were these female characters badass, but they were all diverse and had their own way of bringing something new to the table. We had amazing representation in this book with POC characters, deaf/disabled characters, LGBTQ+ characters, characters who struggled with addiction, and more. I think that was just awesome because not only does it let people who fall into those categories have a character or two that they can identify with, but it also shows that just because someone isn't the textbook definition of strong doesn't mean they can't be a badass in their own way. There were a lot of character arcs in this book but the one that really stands out is Caledonia, the main character. As we're viewing this story from her POV, it's easier to see her character development than others, but if you were to look at one character at the beginning of the novel and the same character at the end, you'll see the difference. I personally loved Caledonia's perspective and just her as a character. She's not perfect and I think that's what was awesome. So often in YA novels we're told that a female character is a badass who can do no wrong and they end up always saving the day and making the right decisions and everything goes perfectly as planned. For Cala, that was not the case. She made mistakes, she has doubts and guilt, and nothing seemed to go as planned for her. Yet she always found a way to continue on and figure something out for her and her crew. She's strong, yes, but she's also vulnerable. And seeing her journey from the beginning of the book to the end was awesome. The world building was just enough for me to not be confused by what was going on but the author didn't overwhelm me with unneeded details. We got what we needed for the plot at the time, and I can only imagine that the world will build even bigger in the next installment. I'm so excited to learn more about the world and different cultures and, more importantly, how the antagonist got to where he is. The plot was excellent. I thought that everything was paced well and there were plenty of high-action scenes mixed in with the more calm ones. Still, everything kept me turning the page and reading as fast as I could because I needed to know what happened. I'm both happy and sad at how this book ended. Some things I wanted to happen, happened. But others didn't happen, or happened in a way I wasn't expecting, or ended in a freaking cliffhanger! *cue me crying because I just want more* My heart is full, yet also breaking. I can't wait for the sequel and can only hope that I'll get my hands on an arc when they are printed. I'm so grateful that I was given a chance to review it early and I'm so happy that I loved it this much. Seafire has definitely found a home in my favorites.

I DNFed this book 50% of the way in because I realized I was making myself read 50 pages a day for fear of not picking it up again, and life is too short to read books I'm not interested in. This book by no means is a bad book. It has a pretty interesting story, a fantastic, complex cast, and pirates! (I mean, I love my pirates right now). I felt like it was a little slow, but nothing too disastrous. It might have been more about how long it was taking me to read it. There's a certain level of intrigue in the story that keeps you reading, which is why I kept giving it a chance. I was curious about the story, about where it would end up. But at the end of the day, I personally wasn't invested in the story as much as I would like. It's hard to decide when to put a book down and move on. While I didn't hate this one, or even actively dislike it, I wasn't enjoying it as much as I've enjoyed other pirate novels (Blackhearts, Daughter of the Pirate King...), so I decided to put it aside for the time being. Like I said, this book has a lot going for it. I would recommend it to anyone who has been eyeing it and wants to read it. It's just not for me.

Something that not everyone may know is that I have a huge pirate fetish, always have and always will. When seeing Seafire by Natalie C. Parker the first time I knew this was a must read, a whole trilogy of bad@ass female pirates?? I couldn’t get a copy fast enough and thankfully I did because wow, this was amazing! They story begins a few years in the past as Caledonia Styx and her friend are sent by Caledonia’s mother to shore to search for food on what they believe is a deserted island. Caledonia is confronted by a bullet, a soldier in Aric Athair’s army. Being not much more than a kid Caledonia falls for his lies and it costs everyone aboard her family’s ship their lives. Fast forward to the current day with Caledonia having survived that bullet attack years before and she and her friend having formed their own crew aboard what is now Caledonia’s ship. The entire crew has been made up of girls just like Caledonia who have lost those close to them to Aric Athair’s army and now they fight back every chance they get. After reading Seafire I can safely say that it was everything I could have hoped for and more. The story is intense as these ladies are everything you could wish for in an amazing pirate crew battling with everything they have. The world building quickly brought me into the adventure on the sea in a world controlled by a tyrant. he characters quickly became friends and family just the way they are to one another. And to top this all off this one just screams female empowerment with the girls doing everything men could and more since they are the only ones fighting back and not caving to the demands of a cruel and unjust world. Nothing more to say other than read this one, you will not regret it at all! I received an advance copy from the publisher via Penguin’s First to Read.

Seafire was an exciting adventure with some strong female characters that sets up a thrilling trilogy. I found that each challenge Caledonia and her crew faced were intense and well thought out, leading to unique challenges along the way. Seeing as how the world appears fairly contained in a certain area, I'm excited to see how these places reappear in the next books and how they may change or help/hinder Caledonia and her crew. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to seeing where the story will go, however, some of the writing style I felt could have been a little stronger. Some of the things that I enjoyed about this book were the developments of the world and characters evident backstory. The world is set somewhere between dystopian and fantasy, with hints of where the locations could be in relation to our own. I enjoyed the fact that the world building was given some freedom by not being entirely attached to a known location, yet there were references to an older world where things had been invented and were still being used in the books present. It feels like each specific location was a well thought out place with its unique topography, people, weather, and feel. Even the ocean had different conditions as they sailed around. The crew characters were also very well thought out with their specific backstories and issues which would weave into the main story line. Of course, Parker can't explain every crew members backstory in detail, but it felt like they were there. I'm sure that if you asked her to name all the crew members in her book, she'd have a list of them somewhere. The attention to detail in the world and characters really helps to set up and deliver a fun exciting story, which may be why I was a bit disappointed with certain aspects. The cause for Caledonia's misbelief is not only explained, but shown extremely well in the prologue. It's an intense opening chapter and is the reason for every one of Caledonia's decisions afterwards. What I found a bit distracting throughout the book though is how this point has to be explained again and again and again. It felt off and took me out of the story every time Caledonia brought up her mistake (not sure how we could have forgotten since the visual is still with me from that opening) and reiterated her worst fears from it. When her worst fear is finally met and the misbelief confronted, the scene is entirely brushed off. I feel like it would have served as a more dramatic moment at a different part in the plot, or the number of times Caledonia references her fear should have been cut in half at least. It didn't have the grand reaction one would expect and it did little to change her character arc. Caledonia's actions as a character are also a bit sterile leaving some of the connection to the crew a bit emotionless. There's a lot of talk about trust, family, sisterhood, protecting her crew and yet there was little emotional connection shown. It made it difficult to fully connect as a reader to any of the characters, creating a lack of real empathy or concern for any of their safety. Perhaps I would have had a deeper connection if it was told in first person, but regardless, I am curious if Caledonia as a person will improve over the next two books and how the story progresses. It also feels like Parker may have spent all of her character development on the good guys, and let the antagonists play second fiddle. They aren't as developed, some of their actions feel odd, I'm still not sure if Caledonia's archnemesis wants to kiss her or kill her during their interactions (or why), and for all the talk of Aric Athair being an evil corrupt warlord, I have no idea who he is beyond a name. In summary, if you are looking for a fun adventurous story that constantly has the characters running for their lives in a well thought out world, then this is an enjoyable book. I did enjoy the things that everyone had to go through, and I'm interested to see where the other books go and see how Parker's writing progresses.

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When a moment of mercy towards a Bullet soldier cost Caledonia Styx everything she loved; she swears vengeance against Aric Athair and his murderous army of pirates. Four years later Caledonia is now captain of the Mors Navis with her second-in-command Pisces, the only known survivors from that fateful night. With an all-female crew, survivors of Athair's attacks, they set sail on the high seas rebelling against Athair, killing his men and pillaging his ships as often as they can. During an attack, Pisces life is saved by a Bullet soldier, and Caledonia is forced to break her rules and take him aboard her ship as a prisoner. He tells them he can help them defeat Athair. Caledonia is once again faced with showing mercy to a man who could cost her everything...but he may hold the key to taking down Athair for good. Seafire is the first novel in this action packed YA fantasy trilogy set on the high seas. Complete with a crew of tough and powerful girls and high tech weapons and equipment this is not your typical swashbuckling adventure novel. Caledonia and her crew of sisterly rebels stole my heart. The characters are fantastic and endearing the writing is thrilling and entertaining. I literally did not want to put this down and yet when I finished, I wasn't ready for it to be over. I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of this series and I am giving it all the stars. This is a must read for 2018!

With this as a fantasy story, I was trying to decide when it possibly would have happened in our timeline of life. Caledonia Styx is a young woman who is the captain of her own ship the Mors Navis with a crew of only girls and women. They are trying to stay alive and away from Aric Athair and his fleet called Bullets. The boys are taken from their families and given a drug called Silt to keep them in line and keep them loyal. Aric seems to rule the seas. The Mors Navis is equipped with electronics that are more advanced than what we have. This book is filled with strong female characters. The book starts with Caledonia and her best friend are on an island getting supplies. They see their entire families killed by a bullet ship because Caledonia didn’t kill a bullet she encountered on the island. So now she is carrying that guild around and is trying to find that bullet so she could kill him. There main characters on the Mors Navis are very different. The loyalty of the crew is very strong. There are a few female Bullets and Caldeonia saves one called Hime and she uses sign language to communicate. She had to detox from the Silt and because of that, Caledonia and the rest of the crew are very protective of her. The story is a bit slow at the beginning but then ramps up the second half of the book. There is so much I like about this book and had so much fun reading it. If you like pirates, fantasy and girl power, pick this one up. I can’t wait for the next book.

SEAFIRE was great! I loved the characters, the plot, and all of the exciting adventures. The story opens with Caledonia and her best friend losing their families to the evil Aric Athair and then continues with Caledonia captaining a ship full of fellow women as they fight to preserve their lives and stop Aric Athair. I've always enjoyed novels and movies that take place on ships. Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my favorite series on film and I've loved the Bloody Jack books for years. SEAFIRE was not historical fiction, but was taking place in an alternate world. Natalie C. Parker did an awesome job bringing this world to life. While the majority of the novel took place at sea, we also got to learn about different communities and groups of people on land. The ending was a big cliffhanger, so I am eager to read the second book when it is released. Caledonia was an awesome main character. She was dealing with significant trauma because of her role in the loss of her family, but she was also a brave and well-liked captain. The relationships Caledonia had with her fellow crew members was my favorite part. You don't often come across a book with so many strong female characters and the relationships varied from close friendship to love. I especially enjoyed seeing Caledonia and Pisces (her oldest friend) challenge each other to be their best selves. Redtooth, Hyme, and Amina were all great secondary characters. There is romance, but it is not the main focus of the story and is more in the background. Caledonia is focused on getting revenge and protecting her crew first and foremost. The beginning was a little slow, but the last half of the book was very exciting. We didn't get to see much of their enemy, Aric Athair, but I am sure he will make an appearance in the rest of the trilogy. Aric brainwashes and kidnaps kids from around the world and uses them to do his dirty work. This was an interesting concept, and I'm interested in seeing how that will play out. It only took me a day to read SEAFIRE and while I wish the ending gave more clarity, it left me eager for the sequel (which I'm sure won't be out for quite some time). If you are a fan of fast-paced adventure novels with a strong female cast of characters, this will not disappoint.

I love the premise of a fierce girl pirate righting the wrongs in a patriarchal society. Lots of elements worked in this story but some didn’t. The love story towards the final third of the book felt too fast and forced. It needed more of a slow, believable burn. The middle 50% of the novel dragged a bit for my taste. The end was action packed and the begging set up the characters and story nicely, but I needed patience and discipline to stay thru the middle. If I’m honest I wouldn’t stay for the trilogy.

The synopsis for Seafire by Natalie C. Parker doesn’t reveal much about the book, but I was still interested in it because I was looking to read something by this author. For the most part, I liked this book with a few minor exceptions. There were a lot of interesting ideas here and they were done well. Seafire was a fast paced story brimming with action. There was danger around every corner, and the Mors Navis was commanded by an all-female crew. If you know anything about Mad Max: Fury Road, then you’ll probably like this book since Seafire was kind of like that movie. There was an almost dystopia feel to the story, because of how the world was described. There were hints of advanced technology—like some of the systems that kept the Mors Navis running—but it was hard to place a time period because some of those things were presented without much context about their origins. And instead of a harsh desert climate, this book takes place on a ship, and the setting was mostly open waters with few exceptions. Despite that, Parker made the story exciting with plenty of action and mostly memorable characters. Caledonia Styx was fairly interesting. She had a tragic past and was determined to fight back against Aric Athair’s army. But at times, it seemed like she was too consumed by what happened and made decisions that put herself, Mors Navis, and her crew at risk. In the first third of the book, I didn’t mind that as much. However, the middle of the book was where I struggled with reading the story. I mean, for all her talk of trust and family and sisterhood, Caledonia seemed to almost use that to avoid having her actions and decisions questioned. Still, she wasn’t a bad character. As for the supporting characters, I liked how they were characterized. As a crew, they were skilled and worked well together. And it was interesting to see the character development happen while they were experienced harsh circumstances. I was a little conflicted about the ending. On one hand, there were parts that I really loved. In the last few chapters the story picked up. The pace of the action and the revelations were on point. I liked that a lot. On the other hand, there was this one thing that happened that seemed to throw away some of the character development that Caledonia went through. That being said, it didn’t change how I felt about the rest of the book. Since Seafire is the first book in a new trilogy, there’s more to the story, and I want to see where it goes. So, I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel.... Disclaimer: this copy of the book was provided by First to Read for this review, thank you!

Seafire was an amazing fantasy!! It was so fast paced and full of action of action! I felt like I was right there in this fantasy world!! I really enjoyed it, and would highly recommend!!

This book thoroughly surprised me. The epilogue hooked me, but things slowed down a bit in the middle and I wondered if it was going to be a struggle to finish. It wasn't! “There are no children anymore. Just babes and the rest of us. Remember, when they call you girl, they’re trying to tell you something. They’re trying to tell you that they’re more than you, that the body you’re in makes you less. But you know, and I know, that you’re exactly what you need to be.” Seafire, Natalie C. Parker I love the strength and girl power exhibited by the varied cast of characters throughout the book. A number of times I found myself gritting my teeth during a battle or confrontation hoping everyone on Caledonia's crew came through safely. Knowing it will be (at least) a trilogy made me fret a little less during the action, but never put me at ease entirely. I have been pleasantly surprised by several YA books lately and the trend continues with this one. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for something fresh and different.

First, I want to say that I enjoyed this book. It was a lot of fun, and had a great cast of characters! I will be checking out the sequel. That being said, there were a lot of things I liked and a lot that didn't work for me. Liked The strong themes of sisterhood, family, and loyalty. I liked the complexity of the characters. there's a fairly large cast of characters here, and even the side ones felt like they had dimension to them. Caledonia was pretty well rounded (even if she did come off a bit Mary Sue-ish at times) and I liked the growth she went through in the book, learning to doubt herself less, and to trust her crew more. She started off as someone who carried the weight of the world on her shoulders (feeling intensely responsible for each girl under her care, feeling like she was the sole reason tragedy had befallen the Ghost), and by the end of the book, she's learned to share that weight, and lean on others. I also really loved Hime. I thought that she was one of the most unique characters I've read about in a while. The dynamic between Caledonia and Pisces, the way they played off of each other, and how Pisces acted like a foil to Caledonia, was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the tension that grew in their relationship as the book progressed. I absolutely loved the last 70 pages or so. High stakes, fast action which moved the story forward, great tension; it was what I wanted out of this book the entire time! Loved the cliffhanger at the end. The ending was a really good set up for the sequel. Didn't like The pacing of the novel, especially in the middle, felt off to me. The book was both incredibly fast paced due to the all of the action scenes taking place (and there were a lot of them. Battles were happening pretty much every other chapter), but also stagnant, because few of these action scenes advanced the story. It felt aimless, like running on a treadmill. A whole lot of movement, to go a whole lot of nowhere. There was some sapphic action, but it was blink-and-you-missed-it. If I hadn't gone into it knowing that there were LGBT+ characters in this book, I never would've been able to tell. Hopefully this gets fleshed out in further books. There's a tyrant that steals kids from families, but all we know is that he has a vice-like grip on this entire world, everyone fears him, and he's placed a bounty on Caledonia and her crew...... and that's it. Sounds like it should be a lot, especially for the beginning of a series, but as a reader, it felt like he was barely there. Higher stakes and more information were needed. Probably the last thing I wasn't a fan of was the romance that happened with Caledonia. It felt like it was tacked on as an afterthought, squished into the last quarter of the book, and the two characters really didn't have any chemistry between them. Way too instalove, would've been much better as a slow burn over a couple of books. Overall, a solid 3 stars. Will definitely keep an eye out for the sequel!

Holy Moly Natalie C. Parker! I am beyond impressed right now. Going into this book I was a little underwhelmed due to all the ‘books at sea’ that are being released this year. GO GET THIS BOOK. Seafire was extremely well done. For some background information~ Seafire is scheduled for release on August 28, 2018. This is going to be book one out three planned so far. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review from Penguin Random House! I’ll do my best to try and give a spoilers free review on this one! “There are no children anymore. Just babes and the rest of us. Remember, when they call you girl, they’re trying to tell you something. They’re trying to tell you that they’re more than you, that the body you’re in makes you less. But you know, and I know, that you’re exactly what you need to be.” Seafire, Natalie C. Parker Natalie C. Parker gets the audience from the prologue. Seafire starts rough and it only stays gritty for the whole book. It was a wild ride and every action scene was INTENSE and gripping. You were invested in every moment, every action, and every heartbreak. (Yes, there is some heartbreak, every good book has some haha.) The writing was wonderful. I had no issue getting sucked into this world and the pacing was spot on. There were also no moments of confusion or back tracking needed. Everything was presented well for the story building and the character development. Seafire is a tad angsty but it’s also a young adult book, so I expect it at this point. “She stood with hands on hips, eyes trained on her target, red hair blowing behind her like a deadly storm, as her mother had done whenever danger loomed. Let them see she was not afraid.” Seafire, Natalie C. Parker I do have one major complaint. In the beginning of the book, everyone they encounter does the initial shock exclamation of ‘You’re all girls!’….a lot…. continuously…. It got old really quickly. I’m all for the girl power moments but if you have to keep stating it over and over, it loses impact. Hearing it said so close back to back made it irksome. There other item that was disappointing was this book is classified as LGBT, and where I can see where this categorization comes from. It was not a main focus, nor was it flushed out. So if you are hoping to read this with that being a major part of the story. It isn’t, it’s more of a background note for the reader. A welcome note but I would have liked to have gotten more insight! haha Maybe I’m being greedy~ Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars Plot: 5 Stars Character Development: 4 Stars Dialogue: 5 Stars Writing: 4 Stars Overall I greatly enjoyed the story, characters, and delivery of this novel. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good fantasy for YA read. Seafire is a solid read all around and you will not be disappointed. Add it to your TBR! Happy Reading~ Ash

A fun and rollicking good feel book with exciting lady pirates cruising the seas of a well built world. Caledonia, along with her close friend Pi, is the captain of an all female crew. Mars Novis is crewed by girls who escaped the children given to appease Aric, the war lord threatening their home. The positive atmosphere among the all girl crew who treat one another as family is novel and inspiring. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one. Recommend for great summer read.

I received an advanced reader's copy through Penguin's First to Read program in exchange for an honest review. --- THIIIS is the kind of book that my 12-year old self needed, especially during that little cusp where you're still a little child but are starting to gain conscience of all the crappy demands, contradictions and double standards that society slaps upon women. One of those is this asinine need for competition that we're taught to have against other girls. We are expected to not just be pretty, but also be absolutely gorgeous, yet we can't be too gorgeous because we also have to be smart and don't want to seem dumb, but we shouldn't be smart without also being pretty because pretty is priority number one, and if you'd rather be strong, you can't be "too butch" about it, plus a million other unproductive, soul-decaying demands that only serve to cause resentment and competition amongst women who are trying to be all of these things at once. In Seafire, we have a ship full of girls whose minds don't even cross through those dark waters EVEN ONCE and it is SO liberating and quite refreshing to read. It is an excellent example not just for girls but for PEOPLE everywhere, and one that I hope spreads with books like this one. The story has Caledonia Styx and her crew aboard the Mors Navis, on a personal mission across the sea, as they also race from the bounty that's been placed on their heads. The ship's crew works together as the limbs on one's body, each one depending on the others to move forward. So there is NO space for any of that competition-borne resentment amongst these girls, and in exchange, they practice plenty of healthy, MATURE, and productive feelings such as: understanding, forgiveness, compassion, and open vulnerability without shame. Their lives are TOUGH, YES, but NOBODY is excepted to "just suck it up" or to "just deal with it." They are SISTERS who share their strengths, and who pick each other up, especially when someone else needs it the most. Without this stunning display of sorority, they wouldn't be alive. This level of sisterhood and girls having each other's backs is a concept that I would have loved to grow up with, so it excites me that right now there's a new generation of girls that can read this book and hopefully get a chance to practice more of this in real life. Seafire also includes a very diverse cast of characters (something that is thankfully becoming more commonplace in 2018), which even includes a mute character whose signs everyone is able to interpret. The story is very-fast paced and action-packed. Every chapter ends at just the right point where you want to keep reading past your bedtime. The book does end in a cliffhanger, but it's not too terrible. You can kind of guess what happened, you just don't know how, or where it's leading. So I'm really looking forward to the sequel! Highly recommended! p.s. I hope a lot of young boys read this too. There is no reason why they couldn't enjoy this story as well.

I received a copy of this for a fair and honest review. I got an eArc of this book and knew I just hand to read it. I have not read all that many books with pirates in this let alone a ship that is all women. Caledonia is the captain a very strong and adventurous group of females. Caledonia is on a mission for revenge with her best friend and second mate Pisces. They both lost a lot when their families were killed during a supply run to an island. They have a mission to track down the warlord that is responsible for what happen. Ready for the second book in this trilogy. Happy reading.

I really enjoyed this book! Seafire had a great cast of characters, an interesting setting and a heap of action. I was hooked from a couple of chapters in and couldn’t put it down. This book is set predominantly on a ship however their brief forays onto land both led to some really interesting reading, I really enjoyed the peeks into the world. When I rate a book I rate it purely on how much I enjoyed the experience. I give Seafire a 4/5. I will say that the ending is a bit cruel! It will be a long wait for book 2 to see what happens, but I’ll definitely be looking to get my hands on it as soon as possible!


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