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Caledonia Styx wants revenge: the high seas are ruled by a ruthless, bloodthirsty warlord named Aric Athair, who steals children from their families and turns them into his soldiers by using the addictive drug that comes from the Bale flower. After she and her friend were left stranded on an island after a Bullet --- Aric’s soldiers --- killed their families and destroyed their ship, Caledonia formed an all-girl pirate crew to destroy Aric’s missions and to hunt him down. But when a Bullet saves a member of her crew and is kept as a prisoner on her ship, Caledonia has trouble trusting him. However, she finds that this Bullet knows how to take Aric’s fleet from the inside out, and knows something that will change her life forever. SEAFIRE tells the thrilling adventures that Caledonia and her pirate crew will endure.

"SEAFIRE is an exhilarating ride; with Parker’s sensational prose, setting, characters and themes, readers will immerse themselves in this jam-packed, enjoyable read."

In SEAFIRE, Natalie C. Parker creates a fierce, wild fantasy that will take its readers on a wild ride. Parker’s novel shines with its feminist themes, feisty characters and fun premise. I mean, who doesn’t like lady pirates? The novel starts with a bang and will keep you interested throughout; I was intrigued from the very first line. The setting was absolutely phenomenal and so was the writing; you could clearly visualize all the action sequences in your head. Fans of Pirates of the Caribbean and kick-butt girl squads will immensely enjoy this action-packed and empowering book.

My favorite aspect of this novel was the relationships. Parker meticulously crafts each relationship with each character in a way that makes every character and relationship distinctive. The interactions between Caledonia and her crew were refreshing to read about: Parker takes all of the negative female stereotypes and smashes them to the ground. The relationship between Caledonia and the Bullet was so realistic and full of tension --- you can clearly tell how hard it was for Caledonia to trust him and you could see her trust grow as the novel progresses. The writing, which was lovely and hard-hitting at the same time, greatly contributed to how the relationships developed (obviously) and were incredibly well done.

If I could change anything, it would be to clarify the time period it is set in. While there is no specific time period that could be specified since it is a fantasy novel, usually I could tell what real life era it was based on. The setting was very awesome and atmospheric, but there was machinery that was constantly being mentioned that confused me since other things that would have also been invented at the same time period weren’t mentioned. Perhaps this is because this novel isn’t exactly a traditional pirate novel and I’m not used to metal pirate ships and sun sails. However, my enjoyment of the story was not affected by this in the slightest.

SEAFIRE is an exhilarating ride; with Parker’s sensational prose, setting, characters and themes, readers will immerse themselves in this jam-packed, enjoyable read. Once you read it, you will be anxiously waiting for the next book; I cannot wait for what else this trilogy has in store.

Reviewed by Daniella R., Teen Board Member on October 16, 2018

by Natalie C. Parker

  • Publication Date: August 28, 2018
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • ISBN-10: 0451478800
  • ISBN-13: 9780451478801