The Lost Prince (Seaborne #1)
Releasing: 14th April, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Age: Middle Grade
Middle-grade adventure readers will love this fresh take on classic pirate tropes. Fans of Percy Jackson and The Chronicles of Egg will enjoy Dean Seaborne’s adventures on the sea.
Dean Seaborne is thrown off his ship by the Pirate King and given one last chance to redeem himself before he meets Davy Jones’s locker. He has to spy on the Pirate King’s biggest rival, Gentleman Jim Harper, and find the treasure hidden on the mysterious island of Zenhala.
Once on Zenhala, Dean finds that the inhabitants of the island think he is the lost prince who went missing 13 year ago. In order to fulfill his mission for the Pirate King, Dean undergoes intense and fantastical trials to prove he is the lost prince. But the longer Dean stays on the island, the more he questions his mission.
What I liked: I loved that the characters were given clear motivations for how they act, as well as a background that I could understand and connect with the characters actions. The Pirate King, also known as One-Eyed Jack, was a character who I loved to hate because, while having a clear motivation to himself and not just being the flat antagonist of the story, One-Eyed Jack was a nasty character who was ruthless to those who crossed him. I really liked that because the way it was done it was pulled off just right! Dean himself was a character I loved to follow, his story made for a fun one. I liked learning more about him and watching him do what he knew he must to be able to get back in the good graces of One-Eyed Jack. Or well, as much as in good graces with One-Eyed Jack as once can get. Yet, along the way he begins to question everything, and we see Jack change even more. The plot in of itself was well-paced and had twist and reveals that kept me guessing in several places, though some of them were obvious in knowing they were going to happen.
What I didn’t like: While most of the terminology used in this book was rather accurate and I only had a few things I had to figure out the meaning to (I’ve done my fair share of researching nautical terms in the name of understanding more of what’s being said in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies) the term “league” was used inaccurately. In nautical terms each league is the equivalent to about 5.556 kilometers, or about three and a half miles. So if your fire a cannon at a ship fifteen leagues from you, you’re definitely not going to hit it because that fifty-two, maybe fifty-three miles apart. That’s quite a bit farther than any cannon can shoot, so it messed with me when league was used like that.
EDIT: The author revised the manuscript to fix this error! [A League of My Own]
Overall Review: I love pirates, so knowing this book had pirates in it was what made me glad I was able to read it. The settings for the story were well planned out and fun to read about as the story continued on. While there was one error that messed with me throughout the story I did find the rest of the story to be quite entertaining and fun in the way that it played out and how each of the characters interacted.
Recommend?: Surely I do! It was a lot of fun and I’m certain people who like Middle Grade books will enjoy this one!
My Rating: 4.2/5
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