Sea Fire by Natalie C. Parker - Book Review

Title: Seafire
Author: Natalie C. Parker
Publisher: Penguin Teen( Razorbill Books)
Published: August 28, 2018
Genre/Category: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult


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? 

My thoughts:

First off, the fleshed-out world that Natalie Parker delivers is rough and whimsical, almost like an elevated version of the world delivered from Peter Pan's Neverland.  It's an inviting mystery that makes me want to wander around the exotic markets with the all-female crew.  I pictured sailing on the Mors Navis among nothing but cerulean seas and scraggly, rocky landscapes that sometimes morphed into sea-cliff cities. This all-female crew is a flicker of a flame in an abyss of darkness. These young woman and girls are fighting for the freedom they deserve far outside the rule of Aric Athair, whose presence haunts the pages of the novel as his legion of Bullets ( male sailors/fighters) take over the treacherous seas. Seafire is setting it'self up to be a wonderful introduction for this series because of how steady Parker immerses the readers into the conflict and world of these girls.

Throughout reading Seafire I was enchanted by not only the beautiful imagery Parker's novel conjured but the characters- OHMYGOD THESE WONDERFUL, PROBLEM FILLED CHARACTERS!!! Every single character in Seafire is worth rooting for, even the villains. I say this because Natalie Parker has delivered a series of character's that are in the grey area; They've done both good and bad deeds, and all in the name of survival. Caledonia Styx is a leading protagonist you want to root for and scream at because of her conflicting morals over the Bullet brigade. You want to cry with Pisces as she tries to help Caledonia understand that maybe their struggles are not much different than the Bullets, at least the once forced to be Bullets. The rest of the girls on the ship? They are just as strong and courageous as you'd expect from women forced to grow in harsh conditions. They're admirable and inspiring.

The plot of this novel invested me immediately with the prologue. I felt unable to stop reading as time went on. I just had to know what happened next! There were sad parts, sporadic moments of comedic relief, and the most gloriously thought out fighting scenes that made me white-knuckle the hell out of this book. It's no surprise that the storyline contributed to Seafire being a face-paced, intense fantasy read that had plenty of twists!

Seafire is such a complex, unique book makes readers travel through Caledonia's life as she grapples to keep hold of the family she once had and the family she has now. It's a rough, edgy read that will make you want to cry your eyes out. Overall, I highly recommend this book if you're looking for:
Strong female friendships.

A feminist read.



Thanks for reading my review guys! It's been a hot minute since I've truely been able to review a book. Thank you to Penguin Teen and Razor Bill books from sending me this book for an honest review, you guys rock! Until next time, here are some links for Seafire:


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