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Seafire

Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Series: Seafire, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
4.5 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A warlord killed Caledonia's parents and kidnapped her brother. Now, on the deadly Bullet seas, Captain Caledonia Styx and her all-female crew are ready for revenge. 

"This is Mad Max by way of Davy Jones, a high-energy, breathless adventure [about] a group of damaged girls who find home in one another." (Booklist)

"The pace of the book is fast and relentless, and the action sequences tense and believable, but the best moments are the ones in which the female relationships shine." (NPR)

"One of the most spell-binding adventures of the year. This is female piracy at its best." (The San Francisco Chronicle)

"The best kind of fantasy....impossible to put down." (Paste)

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? 

The first in a heart-stopping trilogy that recalls the undeniable feminine power of Wonder Woman and the powder-keg action of Mad Max: Fury Road, Seafire reminds us of the importance of sisterhood and unity in the face of oppression and tyranny.  

©2018 Natalie C. Parker (P)2018 Listening Library

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Lady pirates ahoy!

Rebecca Soler — whose work I fell in love with after her performance of the Lunar Chronicles — delivered a rock solid performance of Natalie Parker’s kick ass story about an all-girl ship of rebels in a world at sea. I’m solidly looking forward to the next installment!

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Seafire Book Review

I was hesitant about reading this novel when I first picked it up. The dust cover caught my attention, but I was not sure if the story would hold my attention. I’m not one for sea stories, pirate stories, or anything in that regard. Perhaps, that is because I had to recently study Moby Dick, and I was not a huge fan. However, the synopsis of the novel did provide an interesting description of the story and so I decided to give this novel a try.

I was not immediately draw in as a result of all the sailing and ship-related descriptions. Again, I’m not one for boats and sea stories. But I decided to continue, because there was something in the characters that held my attention. Their story was more important to me than my not liking ships/sea stories. I wanted to know their history and what Parker had in store for these characters.

I found myself drawn in by the action taking place in the novel. Parker does a magnificent job navigating this tale full of discovery, fighting, and the hunt for vengeance. I quickly found myself rooting for Captain Caledonia and her crew. I was drawn in and felt the tension, excitement, and fear the characters endured throughout. In the end, I was satisfied with the ending to this first part of the trilogy and cannot wait to see what is in store for the Mors Navis, for Caledonia, and for the crew.

Audible Review:

Soler does really good job narrating. Her narration at a 1.0 speed, is perfect for captivating the tale. It does not seem too slow or boring as I have experienced with some Audible narrations in the past. I listened at a 1.75 speed the whole time while I was multitasking. That speed was the fastest I would go. 2.0 speed was too fast to listen to while multitasking. However, for those who are listening while reading the book, I found 2.0 and 2.5 speed to be the best speeds. 3.0 was too fast for me, and I was missing a lot of what the narrator was saying and had to eventually slow down the narrator's reading speed. 

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Not my Favorite

I know a lot of people who rave about this book, but I don’t see it. I liked how strong all the girls were, and the meaning behind that. I also though the revenge plot was good. The plot overall was good. The thing that ruined it for me, was the characters. All of them I didn’t connect with at all. The main characters, were biting. Honestly, I really remember much from this. The ending especially confused me. A waist of a good book credit.

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An excellent book with one major flaw

There's a lot to like about this book. The characters are lively and likeable, the story is competently told and easy to follow, there's lots of good dialogue and character interactions, and the world building is sufficient that you understand it without giving away too much of what happened to the Old World (possibly for use in the later books). There's plenty of action, drama, and suspense, and Caledonia and her crew act believably and come across as suitably badass without feeling like one-note characters.

So why only three stars? It has to do with the ending (no spoilers). When you know you're going to write a sequel, you have to carefully balance wrapping up enough of the first book with leaving things open for more plot in the next one. Unfortunately, Parker tilts far too heavily in the direction of the latter. The ending to this book feels too open and inconclusive, and is likely to leave readers thinking "You can't just end it THERE!"

It's a shame, really. I'd have given this five stars if the ending actually felt like an ENDING. As it is, I'm stuck waiting for the sequel to find out what should have been written in to the end of this one.

Audio note: Rebecca Soler is talented and turns in a quality performance.

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Seafire is one 2018's most anticipated YA releases

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Quotes I bookmarked

Just because there are bad things behind someone doesn’t mean they only have bad things inside them.

Remember, when they call you girl. They are trying to tell you something. They are trying to tell you that they are more than you. That the body you are in makes you less. But you know, and I know, that you are exactly what you need to be.

Quick, say something terrible. It shouldn’t be hard - just open your mouth.

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Amazing

It did take me a little while to get into it. But once I did, I couldn’t stop listening. A great story and quite different to stories I’ve heard before. I can’t wait for the next one!