Adventure, Young Adult/Children

The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar

This is an adventure book from start to finish. There are fast-paced scenes, life-threatening situations and a whole lot of friendship between a group of women/girls.
Our lead protagonist has no friends because she is too different, she has taught herself languages by reading books( something I think would be a monumental task with just the pronunciation of the letter ‘J’ as an example in a few languages) and is straining against the bonds that tie her to her town. One day she is forced to break them and sets sail on a magical ship ‘manned’ entirely by women. She learns the ropes as well as the inner workings of the ship in pieces and makes friends quickly. The adventure has an ulterior motive, apart from making sure they return alive: they have a quest. Sometimes I find it hard to adjust to the idea of pirates as positive images, but that is addressed here as well. I was only taken aback by the abrupt end to this instalment since there is no smooth pause for another instalment to pick up.

I look forward to seeing how things turn out for all the people involved. I liked the twists but was only mildly invested in all their fates. I want to be drawn in a little further, and I hope that the next book can do that for me!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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