Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
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?
I loved this book so much! Seafire is such a fast paced read.
The book starts off with Caledonia and Pisces on an island getting supplies. They were 14 years old and running from the control of Aric. While on the island, Caledonia comes face to face with a Bullet, one of Aric’s boys. Bullets are given Silt, an addictive drug, and they are made to serve and kill. Caledonia hesitates to kill him and decides to trust what he says. But he betrays her and it gets her family killed.
Now it’s 4 years later. Caledonia is the captain of her own ship with Pisces as second in command. Both still mourn the loss of their families, especially their brothers, Donnally and Ares. The ship is all girls. They are not only trying to survive, but Caledonia’s goal is to try to bring down Aric, and get revenge on the the bullet, Lir, who killed her family. Caledonia is a good leader, but she does let revenge and doubt get in her way a lot.
One mission doesn’t go as planned. They almost lost Pisces and end up with a Bullet on board. Caledonia wants to kill him right away, but Pisces begs for his life for helping her. They end up keeping him on the ship because he has information they can use. Once he gets off the Silt, he is able to tell them things that will change all of Caledonia’s plans.
The book is fast paced and full of action. Most of the story takes place on the water, with a little bit on land. My favorite part of the book is the strong friendship and love between the sisters (all the girls on the ship). I found myself attached to so many of them. And that wasn’t great since not everyone survives. I ended up really liking Pisces a lot. Caledonia was great, but she did let revenge lead her the wrong way at times. Each girl was unique with their own personalities that seemed to work well together. They fought at times, but in the end, everything they did was to protect each other.
This was such an incredible book full of strong girls and their relationships with each other. I cannot wait for the next book. I gave this one 5 stars.
Thank you to Penguin Teen/Razorbill for sending me a copy for review. I already have this one preordered and can’t wait to see the finished book. The cover is beautiful.
Have you read Seafire yet? What did you think? Will you continue with the next one? If you haven’t read it, is it on your TBR?