Seafire - Natalie C. Parker
The thrilling first installment in the Seafire series by Natalie C. Parker! In anticipation of the release of Stormbreak, the final book in the trilogy, I will be posting reviews of the first 2 books!
"Never underestimate the girls of this world."
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?
"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."
An all girls pirate ship... Count me in! Seafire is a thrilling high adventure story with an engaging plot and fantastic concept. All of the girls on the ship are fleeing something, and all of them are ready to fight Aric for destroying their families.
“Take your ship, take your crew, and prove to that man that he has not quelled all of us. Prove that there is a fire on these seas he cannot contain.”
All of the girls bring something to the table and they are all unique, which is hard to do with so many ladies in one place. It would have been easy for Natalie to make them all similar, but high praise for the fact that they all have such unique personalities! Caledonia kind of annoyed me occasionally with how stubborn and narrow minded she is. She wasn't as relatable as I usually enjoy a main character being. That being said, she's a good captain and cares a lot for her girls.
Let it be known, I am a huge romance fan. This book had romance. But it was more subplot than anything. Usually, that would throw me off. But this book had so much other action and adventure that I didn't really find myself wishing for more romance at all. Yeah, I want to see it grow and develop, but it wasn't a breaking point for me that it wasn't really focused on that much. The book could have had zero romance and I actually would have been fine with it... which surprised me a lot.
My big sticking point: where are the gay ladies? There are 53 women on this ship and you're telling me there's not one single F/F relationship?? This was such a good opportunity to throw in some fitting representation without it feeling forced. I hope this is resolved in the next books.
The plot was fantastic! The concept is so unique and the world building is 10/10. The action and battle scenes are well developed and really draw you in. Caledonia's decisions towards the end of the book frustrated me, but they made her realistically imperfect. She was easy to get mad at, but I also understood where she was coming from. It was frustrating but also wonderful. I love when books frustrate me for good reasons.
Overall, this was a wonderful book full of female empowerment and all the good stuff! I'm crossing my fingers for some more F/F relationships in the next books though!
Have you read Seafire? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!