Author: Maria Kuznair
Genre: MG Fantasy
Published by: Puffin Books
Publication date: 16/07/20
My rating: ★★★★★
I received a free review copy from Puffin Books & The Write Reads in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Aleja whiles away her days in her family’s dusty tavern in Seville, dreaming of distant lands and believing in the kind of magic that she’s only ever read about in books. After all, she’s always being told that girls can’t be explorers.
But her life is changed forever when adventure comes for her in the form of a fabled vessel called the Ship of Shadows. Crewed by a band of ruthless women, with cabin walls dripping with secrets, the ship has sailed right out of a legend. And it wants Aleja.
Once on board its shadowy deck, she begins to realize that the sea holds more secrets than she ever could have imagined. The crew are desperately seeking something, and their path will take them through treacherous waters and force them to confront nightmare creatures and pitch-dark magic. It will take all of Aleja’s strength and courage to gain the trust of her fellow pirates – and discover what they are risking everything to find.
You know a book is good when you keep finding opportunities to sneak off and read a couple of chapters throughout the day. The Ship of Shadows is one of those books for me, I was captivated from the first page.
Aleja has longed for adventure and magic all her life. She gets just that when she finds herself hiding out on the elusive Ship of Shadows travelling with an all female crew. I love a good pirate story, the whole “female’s on board is bad luck” wears thin after awhile so you can imagine my delight when I found out the ship’s crew is entirely female. I can’t tell you how much I loved this cast of Characters. Not one of them felt two dimensional and seamlessly fit together. The friendship between Aleja and Frances I think is my favourite part of the book, the way they just click and always have each other’s backs.
This book was so much fun to read, so many magic rooms to explore, trouble to get into and so much cake you’ll be craving it for days after. The Ship of Shadows is by far one of my favourite reads this year. Adventure, magic, pirates, this books has it all. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book! Definitely add this to your TBR’s, and make sure to have a stash of cake at the ready.