Seafire was bound to make it to the top of my list long before I even opened it. I mean, a crew of female pirates fighting against corrupt war lords? Where can I sign up? (Except not really because I’m not very fast and I couldn’t handle the anxiety).
After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.
But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?
But Seafire delivers a crew that makes you so emotional from their first entrance. Each character speaks with such clarity. I can see them so perfectly in my head, even if not in image, but in their personality, their presence on the book. But the seas are a dangerous place and so is rebellion. I cried when tragedy befell my precious clip – I mean crew. It’s that punch-you-in-the-gut!
The crew demands sacrifice to join, but in turn you gain family, purpose, and freedom. There is danger and violence, but not only is it in the greater good, but you are surrounded by the best bunch who have your back. What more could you want?
At the same time, I loved that Seafire asks you a quintessential question – can people really change? There are a few instances where we are asked to explore this question. Is it just we have such a rigid view of them or can they find their flexibility for the right reasons? Or are they just plain awful?
At the end of the day, we can’t let tragedy harden our hearts, to become cruel, to see people as numbers, and to stoop to the very level of callousness as those who hurt us. But to be the bigger person is hard, it’s painful, and it often requires many scars.
Seafire is a fantastic series opener that captivates your heart. It sweeps you away on the waves of adventure, revenge, and righting wrongs – you just have to rob a few ships first. It has action, fierce female rebels, and found families at the heart of the book. I am one hundred percent hooked on this book and the crew of the Mors Navis.
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