Spoiler-free Review: Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
Looking for fast-paced, action-adventure story with a cast of powerful women? Then you should definitely pick up Seafire. I had picked up Seafire because it was the Booksplosion book of the month for September and, while I totally missed the live show, I had a blast reading this book.
Seafire follows our main character, Caledonia Styx, who’s left alone with her friend Pisces after their families are killed by warlord Aric Athair and his army of Bullets. Caledonia now captains her ship, the Moris Navis, with her crew of girls and women who have also lost their loved ones at the hands of Aric and his men. They have strict rules—only trust your sisters and never trust a Bullet—and their one mission is to take revenge on Aric and his fleet. But when Pisces nearly loses her life but is saved by a Bullet looking to defect, Calendonia whether or not this boy will help them destroy Aric or if he’ll destroy the Moris Navis.
While Caledonia focuses a lot on hating Bullets and her revenge on Aric Athair, at its core, this is a story of found families, sisterhood and the strength of women. Caledonia’s all-girl crew has no trouble running a well-oiled machine of a ship and being strategic on how to keep their ship running while on the run. Each girl or woman is interesting in their own way, but I was particularly intrigued by Hime, the healer of the crew who communicates using sign language. This is something that we rarely see in adventure books, and it was portrayed in a way that didn’t make Hime any less than any other member of the crew. I can’t say too much more about her character without getting into spoiler territory, but I think that Hime is a character that everyone can fall in love with.
This book is very fast-paced and will have you flipping the pages faster and faster during every action sequence to see if your favourites survive. That said, it did at times feel like we were moving from action to action, with no place to breathe. Don’t get me wrong, I love the action, but it would have been nice to have had a little bit more downtime where we can focus on more character relationships, besides Caledonia and Pisces or Caledonia and the Bullet.
With a lot of YA adventure stories, I’ve come to expect that there will be some sort of romance subplot that ends up taking over the story, but this wasn’t the case with Seafire. I did go in with a bit of an expectation that there would be a lesbian romance, which there wasn’t really except for one sapphic side-couple (who I really hope gets more time in the next book). There is another romance that starts to form kind of suddenly, almost out of desperation. I assume that there will be more development in the rest of the series, but I enjoyed that we weren’t all about the romance in this first book. This way we get more of a focus on sisterhood and friendships, which I really enjoyed.
I would recommend that anyone looking for a feminist sea-adventure story with strong sisterly relationships check out Seafire as soon as possible. While I was looking for more opportunities to breathe amongst the action, I still thoroughly enjoyed this ride and gave Seafire 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
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