Parents' Guide to

Daughter of the Pirate King

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Swashbuckling, snarky pirate-girl romp has gore galore.

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Pirate love story, mild violence

Cute love story with a smart and strong female lead. There is some blood and violence, but it's fairly mild. (I.e. It says something like she cuts off his arm with her sword, leaving a puddle of blood. However it does not describe anything graphically.) It does mention rape, nudity, and prostitutes, but does not describe these things in detail. There is kissing, flirting, and some seduction in this book, but that is as far as the sexual content goes. (Spoilers: there is a scene with attempted rape, but it is not graphic. It gets as far as the man pulling on the girl's clothes, but then he is stopped before he can get any farther. The book handled it in a way that I did not find unsettling or upsetting.)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (21 ):

Princess Alosa tells a fine tale, has many adventures, and takes care of herself, but the sheer overwhelming carnage as the story unfolds goes way beyond piratical genre-driven window-dressing. First-time author Tricia Levenseller delivers a spirited, snarky heroine who's quite at home in a murderously dysfunctional environment:

"'Kill the rest,' I say.

"Sorinda is the first to take out her sword. She starts stepping behind the men and slitting throats one after the other. Killing is practically an art for her. The way she moves is magical."

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