By Natalie C. Parker
Published August 28, 2018 by Razorbill
Seafire is the all-girl seafaring adventure I didn’t know I needed in my life. It’s a terrific book with non-stop action and some serious girl power.
Caledonia Styx is the 18-year-old caption of the Mors Navis. She leads an all-female crew on a journey of survival and revenge against the man responsible for killing her family. Four years earlier, Caledonia and her best friend Pisces watched as a ship of Bullets, fighters in the service of a vicious warlord named Aric Athair, killed their families. Since then, Caledonia has built a crew of over 50 women and they sail the seas, staying alive and making it their mission to bring down Aric.
Caledonia has a tough job. She’s in charge of keeping her crew safe in the dangerous waters they sail in, and she’s often crippled by self-doubt. She blames herself for her family’s death because she let her guard down with a Bullet, just for a moment, but long enough to spell her family’s doom.
The world-building in this book is really fascinating. It’s a fantasy and it takes place sometime in the future. It seems to be a post-apocalyptic future where most of the world is water. There is still some advanced technology in the world, but not everything works and most of the Mors Navis‘ parts are scavenged from other ships and cobbled together.
Conflict develops on the Mors Navis when Pisces is saved by a Bullet and she brings him aboard. Caledonia wants to kill him, but Pisces pleads for his life. The Bullets are unpredictable because Aric gets them addicted to Silt, a drug that he traffics. Caledonia is ready to toss him overboard, but then Oran reveals that her and Pisces’ brothers, who were thought to have died in the attack that killed their parents, are alive and with the Bullets. Caledonia is forced to work with Oran to make a plan to rescue the boys.
I really liked this book. It was very entertaining, and there was tons of high-stakes action. Caledonia is a very compelling main character. The book delves into how hard it can be to lead. She has to make tough decisions, and sometimes, she makes mistakes. She’s already living with the guilt of her family’s deaths, and she knows that whatever decisions she makes now may lead to the deaths of her crew, and she sometimes falters under that knowledge.
This is the start of a trilogy, and I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes.
I received an ARC from Amazon Vine.