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A warlord killed Caledonia's parents and kidnapped her brother. Now, on the deadly Bullet seas, Captain Caledonia Styx and her all-female crew are ready for revenge.

"This is Mad Max by way of Davy Jones , a high-energy, breathless adventure [about] a group of damaged girls who find home in one another." --Booklist

"The pace of the book is fast and relentless, and the action sequences tense and believable, but the best moments are the ones in which the female relationships shine." --NPR

"One of the most spell-binding adventures of the year. This is female piracy at its best." -- The San Francisco Chronicle

"The best kind of fantasy. . . . impossible to put down." --Paste

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, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric's armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia's best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether 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?

The first in a heart-stopping trilogy that recalls the undeniable feminine power of Wonder Woman and the powder-keg action of Mad Max: Fury Road , Seafire reminds us of the importance of sisterhood and unity in the face of oppression and tyranny.
Publisher: [New York] : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
ISBN: 9780451478801
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB SEAFIRE
Characteristics: 10 books (374 pages), 1 discussion guide, 1 bag.


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LPL_EliH Dec 14, 2018

Kansas author Natalie C. Parker tells the story of young pirate captain Caledonia and her all-female crew as they sail the seas for revenge.

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AustinPL_Yarborough Jul 22, 2020

Seafire Book Review
-written by Austin Public Library Teen Volunteer Joe H.

“Loss is inevitable. Some losses will be harder than others. So remember this: Never risk more than you're willing to lose.”

Seafire, written by Natalie C. Parker, is a book that consists of 2 sequels and revolves around the same character. The story is about pirates and their environment, and it reflects the importance of family, sisterhood, and survival. It also tells of the importance of trusting an unlikely ally and shows how the world would be if one individual had enough power and fear to basically rule the world. With a family-driven plot and a fictional world that has much to offer, this book can be enjoyed by all readers.
I had fun reading this book as this is one of my favorite genres. The writing style itself is pretty enthralling and I never felt bored. I liked the whole plot and the idea of an all female crew. I enjoyed some of the characters and liked how there was some variety in them. For example, one of the characters is Hime, a girl who suffers from tremendous horrors from her past and has to communicate via sign language. She was a character who I thoroughly appreciated and was glad to see that she had an important role later in the story. Sadly, not all of the characters were this interesting or important to me; often whenever a character died I either didn’t notice or just moved on like it didn’t matter. The character that I had most of my problems with would’ve been Caledonia, the main character of our story. She is the captain of her fearless crew and is meant to be smart and very trusting of her crew; however, she often is shown to be narrow-minded and stubborn. Also, she fails to act upon the trust of her crew and questions them, creating some unnecessary tension and conflict between them all. I give Seafire a 3 out of 5.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good pirate setting, family plot, and can look past questionable decisions. Similar books I’d recommend would be These Rebel Waves and Bright We Burn.

HardestyLibraryReads Apr 19, 2020

Fast-paced action, adventure and moments of heart-wrenching surprises make Seafire a quick read. The realistic relationships between Celadonia and her all female pirate crew is perfect considering the larger then life situations they go through. Seafire is a thrilling, high seas adventure!

Jun 20, 2019

I really wanted to love this book. I liked the concept and the idea of female pirates but I just didn't feel that it was executed the best. I felt like there needed to be more world building and that the author expected readers to know stuff that hadn't been explained or included.

Nov 24, 2018

I finished this book last night after picking it up only yesterday afternoon. I have not been able to read a book in one sitting in a very long time, however, Seafire had me hooked(hooked, get it?)

First, let’s address the plot. This novel takes place with a crew of around 53 female... not pirates, but they’re pretty much pirates. The crew was established by the captain who is our protagonist, this taking place after the death of her family due to the followers “Bullets” of a warlord. The desire of the group of girls is to take down the warlord’s fleet. However, when a prisoner who worked for the warlord arrives on the ship, he starts to reveal some information that may make the girls reconsider their course.
I found the plot to be nicely paced and did not find myself bored at any point of the novel, which as a plot-driven reader was a + for me.
That does not mean this book is lacking for character-driven readers, as the characters were all quite complex and diverse as were their relationships.
My only two complaints about the plot are firstly the very end, I think the decision the protagonist made was uncalled for and not particularly intelligent, but I can see why she did it. This is also a series, so maybe my grievance with the ending will be relieved in the next book.
My second issue with the plot was the primary love interest. I just found it not only predictable but completely unnecessary. I probably would have preferred him to end up with….er avoiding spoilers but for those who have read this… the character who wanted him on board to begin with. I also wish the more minor LGBT love interest was explored more as their relationship just seemed so caring and sweet… those short moments we got it I adored it. I hope we see more of them in the future.

Now for the characters…..

Caledonia: Caledonia Styx is the protagonist of the book, she is strong, she is a good leader, and she can be stubborn at times. She is not perfect and makes some decisions that aren’t the wisest. She also tends to make decisions based on her emotions and guilt rather than being entirely objective about a situation, which is annoying but could make her relatable as a character for many people.

Pisces: Pisces is the character I feel the greatest connection to. She is Caledonia’s best friend, second in command, she has a love for being underwater, and she has a lot of sympathies.

Redtooth: Red is a total badass. Probably the physically strongest member of the crew, but also containing a soft heart. (Kinda spoilery here but she also hurt my heart ;( if you have read you know)

Amina: Amina is a very intelligent character and takes responsibility for building a lot of the devices on the ship, she seems to be quite level-headed.

Hime: Hime’s character development probably intrigued me more than any other character. She used to be involved with the antagonist and Caledonia is very overprotective of her so she has to convince Caledonia she is worthy of fighting. She also speaks in sign language which is interesting, I have not seen that much in YA.

There are more characters but that’s the main crew. I’d talk about “The Bullet” but that’s quite spoilery.

Overall, I loved this book. It probably isn’t for everyone should read it ;P

DCLteens Nov 12, 2018

A Must-Read Young Adult. Ahoy, mateys! Your next adventure awaits! Pirates, kick-butt heroines, and high-stakes action round out this page turner.

sarahbru17 Sep 19, 2018

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Wow. This book was stellar. It wasn't an "easy" read in that I could just skim through it; I wanted to absorb every word, so I read it at a slower pace than I do other books. Even so, the dynamic and unpredictable plot pulled me through by the front of my shirt. The characters were just... people. Real, complex, nonsensical people, who each had their own personalities fully developed, and their own goals and motivations that made perfect sense. I loved the crew of the Mors Navis and I was greatly upset by the character deaths that happened. The relationships felt very authentic.
The one aspect I didn't like was the plotline of Caledonia's relationship with the Bullet. It made sense for 75% of the book, but then something happened between them toward the end that just didn't seem in character for either of them. We'll see if it gets straightened out in the sequel.
I can't wait for Book 2!

Aug 19, 2018

With this as a fantasy story, I was trying to decide when it possibly would have happened in our timeline of life. Caledonia Styx is a young woman who is the captain of her own ship the Mors Navis with a crew of only girls and women. They are trying to stay alive and away from Aric Athair and his fleet called Bullets. The boys are taken from their families and given a drug called Silt to keep them in line and keep them loyal. Aric seems to rule the seas. The Mors Navis is equipped with electronics that are more advanced than what we have. This book is filled with strong female characters.

The book starts with Caledonia and her best friend are on an island getting supplies. They see their entire families killed by a bullet ship because Caledonia didn’t kill a bullet she encountered on the island. So now she is carrying that guild around and is trying to find that bullet so she could kill him. There main characters on the Mors Navis are very different. The loyalty of the crew is very strong. There are a few female Bullets and Caledonia saves one called Hime and she uses sign language to communicate. She had to detox from the Silt and because of that, Caledonia and the rest of the crew are very protective of her. The story is a bit slow at the beginning but then ramps up the second half of the book. There is so much I like about this book and had so much fun reading it. If you like pirates, fantasy and girl power, pick this one up. I can’t wait for the next book.


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