By: Alex Lidell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
( I received this book free in exchange for my honest review )
This book was down right out of this world. I had it read in a day and I can't wait for the next book. The opening sucks you in, captures you and you have no choice but to continue reading.
Ash is a wildcat. She's know her trade, her skills and she trust her instincts. She is a sailor to the core, and being one myself I was thoroughly impressed with the ranking, the terms and the structure. You can tell right form the start a lot of research was put into this book, to make it as authentic as possible.
The setting and the world building was fascinating. I wasn't lost, I had a clear picture, and there wasn't any extra filler or babble to take away from the plot. I would have liked for Ash'a mother to have a bit more screen time. The little bit that she is in, was intriguing and I wanted to know more about the Queen. You can tell that she truly cares for her daughter, even if Ash doesn't quite see it herself.
The romance, was subtle but ever present. Ash though confident in her skills as a sailer, has non in the art of flirting or simply being a girl. She's awkward, feisty and doesn't know when to keep her mouth shut. I liked her form the start, she's a sold heroine, she doesn't back down, and I believe she will not stand by a watch as her friends become targets.
Domenic, hot, hot, Domenic. Need I say more? Sure at times I didn't quite like his attitude , but as I said, I'm a sailor, I know rank systems and the importance of chain of command. I couldn't fault him, if my guys were that sloppy, I'd have them on extra duties in a heart beat. He's trying to be a leader, when his captain is undermining him and not actually leading his ship. I believe that captain should have a unfortunate accident☠... just saying..
I also very much enjoyed Catsper. He was the no BS guy that told it straight, but has your back as long as you have his. He's also quite hot, swoon worthy. He basically becomes Ash's first allies, and soon friend. I love how he taught Ash how to fight. He wasn't gentle about it, and it was amusing to read. I hope he has more screen time in the next book and helps Ash and Domenic with the shit storm that's coming their way.
I highly recommend this book, the high seas, magic, war, blood and a hidden princess. It's like Christmas in a cup. This dangerous adventure will have you trapped, on edge, and have you rooting for the disgruntled princess and the vicious first mate.