{Leah Reviews} Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

Posted August 27, 2018 by Leah in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Leah Reviews} Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

Seafire (Seafire, #1)

by Natalie C. Parker
Pages: 384
Published on August 28, 2018
by Razorbill
Genres: Action & Adventure, Friendship, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Amazon Vine
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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?

3 Stars

I was very excited for Seafire even with my bad luck with hyped books. I liked the promise of strong sisterhoods and high-stakes adventure on the open ocean.

And the book does have this. The message of sisterhood is strong and reinforced throughout. The world building is good: you can picture the ocean as far as the eye can see, the trade depots and island chains. You can hear and imagine the people who live here, as well as see what drives them. The opening scene delivers a firecracker introduction to Caledonia Styx, our main character and captain. She’s a young woman on a mission, and her sisters are with her.

I was really enjoying the first half of the novel. The writing is snappy, addictive, and delivers lots of action. The books feels cinematic. Once I reached the middle though, the scenes get repetitive. The main connecting thread is that Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command, Pisces, is injured and rescued by a boy who is part of Caledonia’s sworn enemy’s posse. Pisces and Caledonia argue about him, then an action sequence happens. More arguing about the boy; action sequence happens. An unexpected and unnecessary romance happens–action scene follows.  And this goes on without much give.

The scenes are also presented in this strange, disconnected manner that makes it hard to connect to any of the characters. It feels like you’re watching things happen as opposed to experiencing them. Everyone in Caledonia’s crew has a tragic backstory. I want to care for them. I want to empathize. I can’t.

While I appreciate the importance of sisterhood and girl power, the entire premise falls short. Caledonia has a secret, one which she hasn’t even told Pisces. She has no problem, however, giving her crew a hard time about keeping secrets and is always on them to think of their sisters. Also, Caledonia’s skepticism of the boy is understandable; Pisces, however, is immediately defensive when it comes to him. I understand he saved her life, but I really had a hard time with how easily she seemed to accept him over the crew who is supposed to be part of her family. Maybe I’m being too hard on them, but these are sisters.

Seafire is a decent read, but in the end, more substance than surface was needed.



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