Seafire (Seafire, #1)by Published 28 Aug 2018
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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?
"Seafire (Seafire, #1)" Reviews
this cover is even more beautiful in person than it is on paper oh my god
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 [email protected] 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. The 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.
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Is 2018 going to be the year of pirate books? Because you would not hear me complaining nope not me no way
"Follows the captain of an all-female ship intent on taking down a corrupt warlord's powerful fleet"
Honestly, the only disappointing part of this book was the fact that I expected so much more gayness. (There is a sapphic side couple, though!) And I love it. (I thought this would be a sapphic pirate book though.) Also look at me finally writing a review on Goodreads!! Is this a milestone or what
Anyways, this book is set in a world where this guy, Aric, runs entire fleets of men called Bullets and also fleets of women but I forgot what they are called, so anyways he controls them by drugging them with Silt, something that basically runs through their blood and gets them addicted.
This about an all-female ship led by Caledonia Styx, whose entire family was basically killed because she didn’t kill a Bullet, so she now has a neverending hatred of all Bullets. I feel like if you enjoyed Daughter of the Pirate King you'll enjoy this one because same vibes!!
Kiersten White, Julie Murphy, and Dhonielle Clayton blurbed this what else is there so say
But besides the unfortunate lack of gayness, the beginning was interesting, but a bit slow. However, during the last 50% it gets from 0 to 100 real quick. (I just think that we should pray that in the sequel more sapphic pirates are introduced because yes.)
⟶ characters 🌊
I think these were my favorite part of the story. Caledonia was the main character who is supposed to be the leader but literally everything in her life is falling apart, including her friends and her ship and just I think that’s a metaphorical definition of me? She’s literally the definition of a “mom friend” and she’s so loved by her ship and I just. I FEEL THE WARMTH OF ALL OF THEIR LOVE.
Hime is the tiny girl who whenever she stands up everyone immediately screams at her to sit back down she needs to be protected!!!! And that’s literally my definition of her I love her so much. She also uses sign language to communicate with others and was formerly a “Bullet (the female version)” and she’s lowkey traumatized from it and I just!!!! Have so many fuzzy feelings for her. Did I mention she’s sapphic because that triples my love for her x9,000.
Pisces is the definition of Your Annoying Sister but Caledonia still loves her for it even though they fight 24/7 throughout this novel. She’s Caledonia’s oldest friend and was there when their entire family basically was massacred and she helped rebuild their fleet and their friendship is SO STRONG and so REALISTIC and I just love the altogether girl-on-girl love and feminism in this book!! (Also she’s a poc and brown-skinned!!!)
Oran is the only main male character in this story and he’s the only male I condone. He’s also a former Bullet (just like Hime) and he’s basically captured in a ship for like. A while but he still survives and retains his witty and clever personality I’m half in love with him!! His personality doesn’t really show until like the last 25% percent of the book because. He’s like gagged the first 75% but it’s ok!!! We love him anyways!!!
⟶ setting 🌊
I love stories that are mainly set in the sea. Our characters travel for like 100% of the book and I know that a lot of people hate travelling stories but pls stay and setting is magical and gorgeous and all in all worth it!!!
We basically stay on the ship for most of this, since this is pretty character-driven but there’s Cloudbreak, which is basically this merchant’s place and it’s messy and we love a confusing trading center!!! Then there’s the Slagger’s village, which is a self-sustaining scavengering village that live in a swamp-like area and this book needs a map thanks.
⟶ relationships 🌊
Caledonia and Oran are honestly a power couple because Caledonia is this fierce feminist girl and Oran is highkey afraid of her and metaphorically speaking, if Caledonia and Oran were lights Oran would dim himself for Caledonia because for some reason I like turning the characters into lights. But anyways, their relationship is a slowburn and basically enemies-to-lovers-except-not-really-enemies and it’s just about Caledonia learning to be more trustful of former Bullets and trusting Oran and Oran being magical and amazing and I love them both.
HIME AND AMINA ARE SUCH A CUTE SAPPHIC COUPLE THEY ARE ICONIC AND LITERALLY HIME COULD BE PENT UP WITH ANGER BUT AMINA WOULD LITERALLY JUST STEP WITHIN FIVE FEET OF HER AND HIME WOULD CALM DOWN. THAT’S LITERALLY ONE OF THE SCENES IN THE NOVEL. I would die for Amina and Hime to be together and watching their relationship felt like that warm feeling in your stomach when you drink hot chocolate!!
⟶ conclusion 🌊
I think we’ve all realized that this book is amazing and feminist and fierce and also that I deserve a star for putting so much effort into a goodreads review.
also here are some sapphic pirate books
⇀ These Rebel Waves
⇀ The Abyss Surrounds Us
⇀ The Unbinding of Mary Reade
I wasn't ready for that ending!!! 🌊