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Follows Caledonia Styx, captain of her own ship, the Mors Navis, and its all-female crew as they strive to defeat the powerful fleet of Aric Athair, the vicious warlord who has taken their homes and families.
Publisher: [New York] : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
ISBN: 9780451478801
Branch Call Number: FICTION (TEEN) Parker, Natalie C
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Sea fire


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Nov 24, 2018

I finished this book last night after picking it up only yesterday afternoon. I have not been able to read a book in one sitting in a very long time, however, Seafire had me hooked(hooked, get it?)

First, let’s address the plot. This novel takes place with a crew of around 53 female... not pirates, but they’re pretty much pirates. The crew was established by the captain who is our protagonist, this taking place after the death of her family due to the followers “Bullets” of a warlord. The desire of the group of girls is to take down the warlord’s fleet. However, when a prisoner who worked for the warlord arrives on the ship, he starts to reveal some information that may make the girls reconsider their course.
I found the plot to be nicely paced and did not find myself bored at any point of the novel, which as a plot-driven reader was a + for me.
That does not mean this book is lacking for character-driven readers, as the characters were all quite complex and diverse as were their relationships.
My only two complaints about the plot are firstly the very end, I think the decision the protagonist made was uncalled for and not particularly intelligent, but I can see why she did it. This is also a series, so maybe my grievance with the ending will be relieved in the next book.
My second issue with the plot was the primary love interest. I just found it not only predictable but completely unnecessary. I probably would have preferred him to end up with….er avoiding spoilers but for those who have read this… the character who wanted him on board to begin with. I also wish the more minor LGBT love interest was explored more as their relationship just seemed so caring and sweet… those short moments we got it I adored it. I hope we see more of them in the future.

Now for the characters…..

Caledonia: Caledonia Styx is the protagonist of the book, she is strong, she is a good leader, and she can be stubborn at times. She is not perfect and makes some decisions that aren’t the wisest. She also tends to make decisions based on her emotions and guilt rather than being entirely objective about a situation, which is annoying but could make her relatable as a character for many people.

Pisces: Pisces is the character I feel the greatest connection to. She is Caledonia’s best friend, second in command, she has a love for being underwater, and she has a lot of sympathies.

Redtooth: Red is a total badass. Probably the physically strongest member of the crew, but also containing a soft heart. (Kinda spoilery here but she also hurt my heart ;( if you have read you know)

Amina: Amina is a very intelligent character and takes responsibility for building a lot of the devices on the ship, she seems to be quite level-headed.

Hime: Hime’s character development probably intrigued me more than any other character. She used to be involved with the antagonist and Caledonia is very overprotective of her so she has to convince Caledonia she is worthy of fighting. She also speaks in sign language which is interesting, I have not seen that much in YA.

There are more characters but that’s the main crew. I’d talk about “The Bullet” but that’s quite spoilery.

Overall, I loved this book. It probably isn’t for everyone should read it ;P

DCLteens Nov 12, 2018

A Must-Read Young Adult. Ahoy, mateys! Your next adventure awaits! Pirates, kick-butt heroines, and high-stakes action round out this page turner.

sarahbru17 Sep 19, 2018

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Wow. This book was stellar. It wasn't an "easy" read in that I could just skim through it; I wanted to absorb every word, so I read it at a slower pace than I do other books. Even so, the dynamic and unpredictable plot pulled me through by the front of my shirt. The characters were just... people. Real, complex, nonsensical people, who each had their own personalities fully developed, and their own goals and motivations that made perfect sense. I loved the crew of the Mors Navis and I was greatly upset by the character deaths that happened. The relationships felt very authentic.
The one aspect I didn't like was the plotline of Caledonia's relationship with the Bullet. It made sense for 75% of the book, but then something happened between them toward the end that just didn't seem in character for either of them. We'll see if it gets straightened out in the sequel.
I can't wait for Book 2!

Aug 19, 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 Caledonia 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.


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