Sea of Kings Published by North Star Editions on April 27, 2021
Source: Netgalley Arc
Genres: Action & Adventure
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Thirteen-year-old Prince Noa has hated the ocean since the day it caused his mother's death. But staying away from the sea isn't easy on his tropical island home, where he's stuck trying to keep up with his dim-witted and overconfident younger brother Dagan--the brawn to Noa's brains.
When a vengeful pirate lays siege to their home, Noa and Dagan narrowly escape with their lives. Armed with a stolen ship, a haphazardly assembled crew, and a magical map that makes as much sense as slugs in a salt bath, the brothers set sail for the realm's other kingdoms in search of help.
But navigating the sea proves deadlier than Noa's worst fears. To free his home, Noa must solve the map's confusing charts and confront the legendary one-eyed pirate before an evil force spreads across the realm and destroys the very people Noa means to protect.
The perfect middle-grade book for someone who is up for a sea adventure filled with pirates, mythological creatures, and a fun, quirky crew with two princes and a magical map. One believes in magic, the other in facts. They are put to the test when pirates attack their island, and they are off on adventure following a map that they hope will lead to their rescue. They’re an extensive list of characters traveling along with the princes, so at times I got lost on where I was at in the story. The author stays true because the characters are kids, and they have no clue what they are doing, which makes the story more relatable—a fun middle grade adventure to pick up and enjoy.