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Booklist Reviews

When she was young, Caledonia Styx hesitated before she shot, and her family died for it. Now she captains her own ship with a crew of women, and she would do anything to keep them safe. In this futuristic world, Caledonia and her crew sail the high seas in the Mors Navis. The oceans are ruled by Aric Athair, a warlord who mans his fleet with soldiers called Bullets—deadly, unstoppable, and, ultimately, disposable. Every girl aboard the Mors Navis has lost something to him, and they are determined to take him down. But when Pisces, Caledonia's best friend, is aided by a Bullet who brings news of both Caledonia's and Pisces' brothers, long thought dead, Caledonia is forced to accept help from an enemy. This is Mad Max by way of Davy Jones, a high-energy, breathless adventure. An unconvincing romance doesn't detract from the story's heart: a group of damaged girls who find home in one another. If that doesn't have them coming back for the sequel, the cliff-hanger ending will.  Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

PW Annex Reviews

Set in a vaguely defined distant future, this tale of sisterhood on the high seas introduces an all-female crew of rebels who survive by raiding the ships of the ruthless warlord who controls the local waters. Ever since Capt. Caledonia Styx's mother was killed and her brother was forced to serve in the Bullets, an army of drug-addicted soldiers, she has resolved to trust only the young women she's personally rescued and recruited, including her best friend, Pisces. But when an attack goes wrong and Pisces is saved from death by a Bullet, Caledonia has to face her fears and decide how much she can trust her new prisoner, risking her crew in the process. In this trilogy opener, Parker (Behold the Bones) offers an exciting, action-packed tale featuring a variously diverse cast of resourceful young women surviving against overwhelming odds and a relentless foe. Between Caledonia's internal struggle to overcome internalized guilt and fear, and the high stakes facing those she loves, this adventure never loses its pace. Ages 12–up. Agent: Lara Perkins, Andrea Brown Literary. (Aug.)

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School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 7 Up—Caledonia Styx captains the all-female crew of the Mors Navis assisted by her best friend Pisces. They spend their time outrunning Aric Athair's fleet, the Bullets, and doing whatever they can to keep their ship going and stay alive. Caledonia has kept a dangerous secret for four years: she broke one of her mother's rules by letting a Bullet named Lir live instead of killing him immediately. This mercy obliterated everything she and Pisces loved, including their parents and younger brothers. When Pisces is captured by the enemy, then rescued by a rebellious Bullet named Oran, Caledonia is forced to confront her past mistakes and figure out the best thing for her crew. A somewhat rushed backstory propels the plot, leaning heavily on Caledonia's guilt and the question of what her mother would do in her place. There is a feeling of freedom on the vessel from constantly being on the move, but Caledonia is weighed down by her past and responsibilities as captain. The majority of this futuristic dystopian novel is set on the girls' ship, with occasional glimpses of what sedentary life is like in different locales. The crew is made up of young women with a diversity of skin color, backgrounds, and skills. This is sure to appeal to readers looking for strong female characters and fans of Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser and The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. VERDICT A strong purchase for YA fantasy shelves.—Rebecca Greer, Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, FL

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Author Biography

Natalie C. Parker is the author of the Beware the Wild duology, the Seafire trilogy, and the editor of Three Sides of a Heart. She earned her BA in English literature from the University of Southern Mississippi and her MA in gender studies from the University of Cincinnati. She grew up in a Navy family finding home in coastal cities from Virginia to Japan. Now, she lives surprisingly far from any ocean on the Kansas prairie where she runs Madcap Retreats with her wife. She tweets @nataliecparker. - (Penguin Putnam)

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When her loved ones are killed by a corrupt warlord and his bloodthirsty armies, Caledonia Styx becomes the captain of a crew of women determined to bring the killers of their families to justice, a situation that is complicated when an enemy asks to defect to her ship. Simultaneous eBook. - (Baker & Taylor)

Follows Caledonia Styx, captain of her own ship, the Mors Navis, and its all-female crew as they strive to defeat the powerful fleet of Aric Athair, the vicious warlord who has taken their homes and families. - (Baker & Taylor)

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. - (Penguin Putnam)

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