Tuesday, January 03, 2023

#BookReview: Crossbones (Kingdom of Bones Trilogy #1) by Kimberly Vale

Synopsis: Never trust a pirate.

The Blood Bell tolls, marking the death of the pirate king and the start of the Trials—a heart-stopping competition where the reward is the Bone Crown. Only one contender can claim the coveted island throne; each will gamble life and limb to win.

Captain. Sister. Maiden. 
Csilla Abado yearns to prove her strength to the seasoned pirates who balk at her youth and to her elder sister who has always craved Csilla’s captainship. She will risk everything to become the first pirate queen, no matter the cost. 

Dealer. Son. Legacy. 
Kane Blackwater wants to leave behind the dirty gold and shady trades he’s made to keep his father’s ship, the Iron Jewel, alive. The Trials represent a new beginning—yet rumors of a secret heir are swirling, threatening his hopes of becoming the pirate king.

Stowaway. Daughter. Storm. 
Lorelei Penny longs for nothing more than to avenge her mother’s death. Stowing away on the Iron Jewel was supposed to get her closer to the killer, but instead she finds herself caught up in the deadly battle where loyalty and desire collide. 

Csilla. Kane. Lorelei. Each on a mission. The sea, however, has other plans. Dark tides are rising, and if they aren’t careful, they’ll surely drown.


Rating: 3 Stars
My Review: This was a pretty good book that I think I will check out book two.  But it was pretty simple with world building etc.  I wished it would have been a little more in-depth with things and a little more complicated but overall it was worth the read. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-The King of Bones is dead. With no heir to the throne of Cerulia, the Trials for the next ruler will take place at the Crossbones. All fleet captains are invited. If Kane, captain of the Blackwater, wins, he will finally have the opportunity to ensure lawful rule between pirates-provided the mysterious stowaway aboard, Lorelei, doesn't stir up any trouble. For Csilla, this is the Scarlet Maiden's chance to earn true respect as the only all-female crew; if only that pesky Flynn, captain of the Anaphine, will stop interfering. A deadly race becomes anyone's game for those prepared to face ruthless marauders, magic, and gods. This is a fantastic formula of pirates, competition, and secret scions that doesn't quite hit the mark. Cerulia is a vastly intriguing place, leaving readers eager to explore it. However, while the island kingdom is well developed, the surrounding nations lack that extra worldbuilding anticipated to frame a richly detailed fantasy. Key relational moments between characters (especially Csilla, Flynn, Lorelei, and Kane) are left unwritten, making the heightened conflict and declarations in the last third of the novel not nearly as satisfying or believable as they could be. Despite this, readers will still root for these characters as they battle one another to claim the Bone Crown. Main characters seem cued white. VERDICT A promising premise with a rushed execution. An additional purchase for larger collections.-Emily Walker, Lisle Lib. Dist., ILĪ±(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.  --This text refers to the hardcover edition.


“Fresh, fun, and perfect for anyone who was obsessed with Pirates of the Caribbean, Vale delivers a hell of a ride with Crossbones. Get ready to be swashbuckled.” ―Hannah Whitten, author of For The Wolf

"Vivid, adventurous, and captivating―Crossbones pulls readers into a strikingly imaginative world full of high stakes and engaging characters. It's a wild storm of a book that readers won't want to put down!"―Francesca Flores, author of Diamond City and Shadow City

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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