Review | Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

Seafire (Seafire, #1)Title: Seafire (Seafire #1)

Author: Natalie C. Parker

Rating: ★★★★☆

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: August 28th, 2018

“On the back of the sea, who do we trust? Our Sisters. When our ship falters, who do we trust? Our sisters. In a storms of Bullets, who do we trust? Our sisters! We fight together! Or not at all!

Found families, pirates, and an all female crew. What is not to love about this intense and captivating story about survival and vengeance. Seafire follows Caledonia Styx, the captain of the Mors Navis , an all female crew on constant run from the warlord, Aric Athair, who has made each of their lives a living hell. But when Caledonia’s second in command is saved by one of Aric’s Bullet soldiers, Cala begins questioning everything she thought she held as true.

Things I Liked 
I really love the blended genre elements in Seafire! While this is very much a fantasy story with a corrupt, looming leader and an active resistance – there was modern and even futuristic weaponry and energy sources that had a science fiction feel. It gave the story dimension and range.

I am always a sucker for found families in stories and I loved the motley crew aboard the Mors Navis. Each character had a place and purpose, but never felt limited to their role on the ship. I felt the love and care between these dynamic female characters. There’s also some great sibling focus in the story which is high on my list of bookish loves!

The action scenes had me hooked through the story. It wasn’t non-stop action, the characters were given the space to breathe and react – which I greatly appreciated. But the action scenes were intense, flowed really well within the story, and added impact!

Things I Didn’t Like 
I had this weird problem in the story where for the first half, I had a disconnect with the characters names and I didn’t view them as actual people, only as names. I don’t know what the hell my problem was, but it really kept me from getting into the story until about the halfway mark. While there wasn’t really much worldbuilding in this story, I’m super excited to learn more about Aric, the Fivesons, and the world in the rest of the series.

I didn’t need the romance in the story. I don’t really feel like it added anything, but I’m not opposed the seeing them develop. (Yes this is purposefully and annoyingly vague because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.)

I was so hooked from the beginning of the story and I loved the villain set up with Lir and I hope he has a bigger part in book 2. The comrodiere and family present in the story was such a joy to read and really brought these individual characters to life. Seafire is a thrilling and inviting story of sacrifice, resilience, and determination that you don’t want to miss.

Have you read SEAFIRE? Is it on your TBR? What’s your favorite seaworth YA story? Share below!


16 thoughts on “Review | Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

  1. emmareadstoomuch says:

    unnecessary romance will always be the bane of my YA existence. but otherwise this sounds SO GOOD yay pirates!!! great review, i’m definitely going to look into it

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  2. Elise @thebookishactress says:

    oooh, Danielle, I’m so glad you loved it! the found family especially is drawing me in – this looks great. i’d heard the same about the romance and honestly, i’ll probably agree ://

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