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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Sea of Kings

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Hope

    Sea of Kings has changed my life, and I may be a little biased, but it's one of my favorite books of all time. I hope you'll love it too! Sea of Kings has changed my life, and I may be a little biased, but it's one of my favorite books of all time. I hope you'll love it too!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emma Pak

    From start to finish, Sea of Kings was incredible! As a middle school teacher for the last five years, I can say with confidence that this is a story that boys and girls will love. Here are some of my favourite parts of this book: - The story: I absolutely loved the gripping story. The concept and execution was incredibly engaging. This is the type of epic adventure I always looked for as a child and I cannot wait to share it with my own children. - The characters: the banter between the character From start to finish, Sea of Kings was incredible! As a middle school teacher for the last five years, I can say with confidence that this is a story that boys and girls will love. Here are some of my favourite parts of this book: - The story: I absolutely loved the gripping story. The concept and execution was incredibly engaging. This is the type of epic adventure I always looked for as a child and I cannot wait to share it with my own children. - The characters: the banter between the characters is laugh out loud hilarious. Noa and Dagan's relationship, in particular, is so relatable and is a perfect representation of brothers. - The writing style: the writing in this novel is so accessible. It really draws you in and keeps you wanting to read more. I longed to pick it back up whenever I had to stop reading. I highly recommend Sea of Kings and cannot wait to see what Melissa Hope comes up with next!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Wang

    There's never a dull moment in SEA OF KINGS, starting from when heir-to-the-throne Noa finds a skull in the first chapter to the thrilling teaser in the epilogue. I seriously could hear the "dun-dun-DUNNN!" sound effect in my head! This fast-paced, action-packed, humor-filled MG quest story has everything a kid could want--a magical map, a dim-witted brother (LOL), fantastical creatures, and plenty of secrets and intrigue. Although there are few girls among the cast, they are fierce and that's a There's never a dull moment in SEA OF KINGS, starting from when heir-to-the-throne Noa finds a skull in the first chapter to the thrilling teaser in the epilogue. I seriously could hear the "dun-dun-DUNNN!" sound effect in my head! This fast-paced, action-packed, humor-filled MG quest story has everything a kid could want--a magical map, a dim-witted brother (LOL), fantastical creatures, and plenty of secrets and intrigue. Although there are few girls among the cast, they are fierce and that's all that matters!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessie Weaver

    When Prince Noa’s home is attacked by pirates, he must rely on a magical map, his sharp wits, and a ragtag crew of boys to save his kingdom. Packed to the brim with adventure, diverse settings, and Hope’s signature quirky humor, Sea of Kings is a swashbuckling middle grade adventure perfect for fans of Pirates of the Caribbean and The False Prince. Sea of Kings maintains a fast pace throughout. One thing I loved was that, even in the quieter moments, something is always brewing beneath the surfa When Prince Noa’s home is attacked by pirates, he must rely on a magical map, his sharp wits, and a ragtag crew of boys to save his kingdom. Packed to the brim with adventure, diverse settings, and Hope’s signature quirky humor, Sea of Kings is a swashbuckling middle grade adventure perfect for fans of Pirates of the Caribbean and The False Prince. Sea of Kings maintains a fast pace throughout. One thing I loved was that, even in the quieter moments, something is always brewing beneath the surface. Readers will connect the dots along with Prince Noa as he leverages his brains and books to protect his people from a mysterious one-eyed pirate. They’ll laugh with his lovable crew, cheer for them to succeed, and bite their nails as Noa orchestrates narrow escapes. After teaching middle school for seven years, I firmly believe that everyone likes to read if they find the right book. My middle school boys (girls too!) would love this one, and fry me a flounder, they might just find a new expression or two.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jolie Taylor

    If you want an epic adventure, you have found the right book! I loved reading Sea of Kings. I had the chance to beta read it in the earlier stages, and it was so much fun. Noa and Dagan’s brotherly interactions are relatable, funny, and endearing. The brothers team up with a group of kids and take on the high seas to follow a magical map, after a pirate takes over their kingdom. On their journey they discover magical creatures, danger, and the adventure of a lifetime. I loved reading this book, an If you want an epic adventure, you have found the right book! I loved reading Sea of Kings. I had the chance to beta read it in the earlier stages, and it was so much fun. Noa and Dagan’s brotherly interactions are relatable, funny, and endearing. The brothers team up with a group of kids and take on the high seas to follow a magical map, after a pirate takes over their kingdom. On their journey they discover magical creatures, danger, and the adventure of a lifetime. I loved reading this book, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a final copy. I’m so excited it is coming out this year. Hooray!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kadi P

    *Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review* This was so fantastic! Action-packed, thrilling and exciting every step of the way! The character dynamics were fantastic and the character development was so excellently done. Even secondary characters grew so much from the start of the book to the end. Noa was a fabulous protagonist, he contrasted so well with his brother that it brought out the best in both of them. I was also very impressed *Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review* This was so fantastic! Action-packed, thrilling and exciting every step of the way! The character dynamics were fantastic and the character development was so excellently done. Even secondary characters grew so much from the start of the book to the end. Noa was a fabulous protagonist, he contrasted so well with his brother that it brought out the best in both of them. I was also very impressed with how well-structured the interactions between the crew were considering there were more than 10 of them in any one scene. One of the many strengths of this book was the complexity of the plot. The many many surprising revelations were perfectly hinted at before being sprung on the reader. And the secrets only helped to make the adventure even more thrilling. What I loved a lot was that so much of this fantasy world was explored and yet there’s still much more left to see. The ending hinted at a sequel and I, for one, would absolutely love to read a sequel to this amazing book! This was a fantastic read and I know a sequel would be just as good, if not even better!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alysa

    Prince Noa might be next in line to rule his Island kingdom, but he'd rather spend his days in the library reading. When the Island comes under attack, Noa has no choice but to set out on the sea with his brother and a band of other kids (some friends, and some foes) to get help from neighboring Island kingdoms. With a magical map to guide them, it should be a straightforward task. If only the map made any sense, and if their nemesis wasn't a diabolic one-eyed pirate! Now Noa must confront his fe Prince Noa might be next in line to rule his Island kingdom, but he'd rather spend his days in the library reading. When the Island comes under attack, Noa has no choice but to set out on the sea with his brother and a band of other kids (some friends, and some foes) to get help from neighboring Island kingdoms. With a magical map to guide them, it should be a straightforward task. If only the map made any sense, and if their nemesis wasn't a diabolic one-eyed pirate! Now Noa must confront his fears and embrace his real strenghts to help save his home. Oh, and figure out how to read this crazy map! An action-packed adventure complete with magic, evil pirates and a wry sense of humor, SEA OF KINGS is an exciting ride from start to finish! Perfect for readers who love epic adventures with a side of humor, hope and a good dose of magic! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the E-Arc

  8. 4 out of 5

    Book Fantasy Utopia

    First off, this book surprised me a great deal. I don’t read middle grade as much as I’d like anymore and that dampened my excitement for this book. I began reading it though and I was swept off of my feet. I found myself falling in love witch characters I thought I wouldn’t. Noa was an amazing lead and you can see amazing character growth with him throughout the book. This book really stood out to me with its island and pirate atmosphere. It gave me some vibes that reminded me of The Unwanteds First off, this book surprised me a great deal. I don’t read middle grade as much as I’d like anymore and that dampened my excitement for this book. I began reading it though and I was swept off of my feet. I found myself falling in love witch characters I thought I wouldn’t. Noa was an amazing lead and you can see amazing character growth with him throughout the book. This book really stood out to me with its island and pirate atmosphere. It gave me some vibes that reminded me of The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann. What really made this book unique was the history that was so strongly infused about these islands and the battles. It’s something I’m not used to seeing so well executed. It didn’t interrupt the plot. It wasn’t just a giant info dump. It was strewn in throughout the story at perfectly placed times. The plot was very fast paced as there was always something going on, some obstacle in their way which I really liked. On top of that we were given an amazing cast of characters. Although it was a mostly male cast our few female characters were amazing and set themselves apart in such big ways. Overall I ended up giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. It was thrilling to read and I cannot wait for others to get to read this amazing book. I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sam Subity

    I had so much fun reading Sea of Kings! With pirates, a magical map, and richly imagined underwater worlds, 12-year-old me was seriously digging this high-seas adventure. The interplay between the polar opposite brothers was spot on, and I really hope someone starts a league for the underwater version of capture the flag they play in the book because I'm definitely in! I had so much fun reading Sea of Kings! With pirates, a magical map, and richly imagined underwater worlds, 12-year-old me was seriously digging this high-seas adventure. The interplay between the polar opposite brothers was spot on, and I really hope someone starts a league for the underwater version of capture the flag they play in the book because I'm definitely in!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Caity

    This is a really gripping adventure story. I appreciated that it was fast paced but also gave a good amount of exposition and history as the mystery unfolded. You got a good overall sense of the history of the islands and enough more specific details to satisfy your curiosity without disrupting the narrative flow. I also really enjoyed the characters. The princes’ relationship was well done and I enjoyed that their group of friends kind of had a lost boys dynamic and brought a great balance of c This is a really gripping adventure story. I appreciated that it was fast paced but also gave a good amount of exposition and history as the mystery unfolded. You got a good overall sense of the history of the islands and enough more specific details to satisfy your curiosity without disrupting the narrative flow. I also really enjoyed the characters. The princes’ relationship was well done and I enjoyed that their group of friends kind of had a lost boys dynamic and brought a great balance of comic relief and serious concerns for their adventure. The one area that I think may be an issue for some readers is that the book does rely on a lot of adventure tropes which may bother some readers. That said I think they were done well and are a great example of why authors continue to use those elements. I particularly loved the way the magic map worked and overall appreciated how the magic was used throughout the book. I think this would be a great book for any middle grade reader looking for adventure.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chad Lucas

    Sea of Kings is a swashbuckling adventure with an ocean of depth and heart. Readers will be drawn in by the swift-moving plot and well-crafted world, but what really hits home is the relatable family drama at the heart of the story. Noa and Dagan’s sibling rivalry feels authentic and sweet, and Noa’s complicated feelings toward his father, his grief, and his role in the family dynasty add an emotional punch to the action. Sea of Kings will appeal to readers of Peter and the Starcatchers and othe Sea of Kings is a swashbuckling adventure with an ocean of depth and heart. Readers will be drawn in by the swift-moving plot and well-crafted world, but what really hits home is the relatable family drama at the heart of the story. Noa and Dagan’s sibling rivalry feels authentic and sweet, and Noa’s complicated feelings toward his father, his grief, and his role in the family dynasty add an emotional punch to the action. Sea of Kings will appeal to readers of Peter and the Starcatchers and other high-seas adventures.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Melissa Hope’s SEA OF KINGS is a high-seas adventure with heart and humor. When his island home is attacked, Noa must leave the comfort of his beloved books and head seaward to save his family’s kingdom. There’s a map to be deciphered, a brother to rescue, and ultimately a Death King to battle. The magic of the sea is on every page – a conch shell that allows you to listen in on faraway conversations, and glowing jellyfish as undersea lanterns, to name a few. Throughout, there is a message of fo Melissa Hope’s SEA OF KINGS is a high-seas adventure with heart and humor. When his island home is attacked, Noa must leave the comfort of his beloved books and head seaward to save his family’s kingdom. There’s a map to be deciphered, a brother to rescue, and ultimately a Death King to battle. The magic of the sea is on every page – a conch shell that allows you to listen in on faraway conversations, and glowing jellyfish as undersea lanterns, to name a few. Throughout, there is a message of forgiveness, not just for those you love, but for yourself. Young readers will adore this swashbuckling tale and will ask for more! Thanks to Jolly Fish Press and NetGalley for the eARC.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Pulido

    Thanks to a few encouraging voices, I decided to start adding some middle grade books to my reading days. My first selection was Sea of Kings by Melissa Hope, and my fellow booklovers this story did not disappoint. While I admit that it was a bit slow in the beginning, it soon took off at lightning speed and I could not put it down. This is a coming of age story and it follows royal brothers Noa and Dagan as they brave the sea, pirates, and plenty of magical creatures in order to save their belo Thanks to a few encouraging voices, I decided to start adding some middle grade books to my reading days. My first selection was Sea of Kings by Melissa Hope, and my fellow booklovers this story did not disappoint. While I admit that it was a bit slow in the beginning, it soon took off at lightning speed and I could not put it down. This is a coming of age story and it follows royal brothers Noa and Dagan as they brave the sea, pirates, and plenty of magical creatures in order to save their beloved island and their people. I truly loved this novel because it had strong male and female characters, the characters were well-developed for their age group, and the story challenged the reader to understand important life lessons that might at times be unpleasant but necessary. The story is action packed and there is never a dull moment...Plus the characters are hilarious and often reminded me of my own relationship with my siblings growing up. Sea of Kings is the kind of story I can picture Wendy reading to her brothers and the lost boys…In essence it is the perfect novel to instill a perfect sense of adventure in otherwise timid souls. I can't wait for the sequel, since we were left with a great cliffhanger!! *I would like to thank Books Forward, author Melissa Hope, and Jolly Fish Press for providing me with an ARC of Sea of Kings, which I received for free in return for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    JV

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Two princes and their crew, one magical map, and a stolen pirate ship, sailing to an unknown island to save their island from pirates and an unknown entity. Wow, this was actually a really fun read. Dagan and Bones are my favorite in the book, they were too funny hahahha, but of course, Noa, my fellow book nerd is the most relatable for me. It was a bit slow at first for me but once mythological creatures started appearing, that started catching my attention. I kinda wish the book was mor ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Two princes and their crew, one magical map, and a stolen pirate ship, sailing to an unknown island to save their island from pirates and an unknown entity. Wow, this was actually a really fun read. Dagan and Bones are my favorite in the book, they were too funny hahahha, but of course, Noa, my fellow book nerd is the most relatable for me. It was a bit slow at first for me but once mythological creatures started appearing, that started catching my attention. I kinda wish the book was more diverse since there was a lot of characters in the book and I felt like there was room to have some intersectional identities in there, but that’s just me, and I just imagined the crew as being diverse characters personally. I also kinda wish there were more female characters, but the main three female characters are all amazing and I love how the author lets each character even the crew have a moment to shine in the book. I love the yearning/romance on the side too, it’s cute. And I really enjoyed the mutual respect and second found family that grew amongst the crew and Noa as the story progress. Also, there’s a little surprise towards the end of Sea of Kings that took me by surprise. I can’t wait for the next book and read where the next part of this story is leading to. If you like reading sea adventures, pirates, mythological creatures, and a fun and quirky crew with two princes, then go and preorder/buy this book! Thank you Jolly Fish Press and Netgalley for providing me an eARC of Sea of Kings in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Rizk

    When their castle is attacked, prince brothers Noa & Dagan and their friends hijack and flee on a pirate ship. Following a mysterious magical map given to him by the king, prince Noa and his crew of rambunctious young boys hope to find a way to save their island. Pirates, mythical water creatures, and sailing mishaps galore, a group of rowdy, young, and industrious boys must figure out how to sail their stolen ship, flee from pirates and soldiers, and survive on the high seas. When they discover When their castle is attacked, prince brothers Noa & Dagan and their friends hijack and flee on a pirate ship. Following a mysterious magical map given to him by the king, prince Noa and his crew of rambunctious young boys hope to find a way to save their island. Pirates, mythical water creatures, and sailing mishaps galore, a group of rowdy, young, and industrious boys must figure out how to sail their stolen ship, flee from pirates and soldiers, and survive on the high seas. When they discover that magic is real and meet up with unfriendly mythical creatures, their lives become even more interesting. There were too many characters among the young crew to be notable, but the story focused on Noa's perspective, and his relationship with his father, his brother, and his friends. Noa always enjoyed curling up with a good book, unlike his well liked rambunctious brother, who would be a better choice to inherit the throne, if Noa weren't the heir. On this journey, Noa will need to live outside his books, make tough decisions, and lead his young crew to safety. This is a great high seas adventure for middle grade and older readers. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shilo Quetchenbach

    I was excited for this book. I mean, pirates! seafaring adventure! what could go wrong? Unfortunately, this. For a book that promises such excitement it was.... boring. Noa is supposed to be 13, but he reads much younger. The writing style is just clipped enough to bleed all the tension out and it feels like the reader is being talked down to. I couldn't bring myself to read more than a third. I just don't care. At all. Actually no I skimmed a few more chapters and the action scenes are abrupt a I was excited for this book. I mean, pirates! seafaring adventure! what could go wrong? Unfortunately, this. For a book that promises such excitement it was.... boring. Noa is supposed to be 13, but he reads much younger. The writing style is just clipped enough to bleed all the tension out and it feels like the reader is being talked down to. I couldn't bring myself to read more than a third. I just don't care. At all. Actually no I skimmed a few more chapters and the action scenes are abrupt and sometimes strange and I still don't care. The King's mysterious decree not to leave the island, then his insistence that Noa take the map and follow it to its end was an abrupt about-face. Also. That the pirates and rival king just *happened* to have the equivalent to 'seafaring for dummies' on the cabin shelf -- conveniently, as none of the boys knew how to sail -- pushed suspension of belief rather too far. Also there are way too many boys and way too few girls in this story. Are we expected to believe that the children of the island are almost entirely boys? Because that's just weird. Thanks to NetGalley and Jolly Fish Press for providing an e-arc for review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Law

    I really enjoyed this story - it took me on an epic sea adventure from cover to cover! Not only was it an engaging read including pirates, sea monsters, betrayal, fear, and bravery, it also includes a great cast that grows together throughout their journey. I especially enjoyed the banter between Noa and Dagan throughout their journey. Noa is the smart, grounded one, while Dagan is overconfident and rash. Despite their great differences, it was evident that Noa loves his brother so much and would I really enjoyed this story - it took me on an epic sea adventure from cover to cover! Not only was it an engaging read including pirates, sea monsters, betrayal, fear, and bravery, it also includes a great cast that grows together throughout their journey. I especially enjoyed the banter between Noa and Dagan throughout their journey. Noa is the smart, grounded one, while Dagan is overconfident and rash. Despite their great differences, it was evident that Noa loves his brother so much and would stop at nothing to protect him and his friends. Having worked with elementary and middle school-aged students, I know they’ll love this and really relate with the mindsets these characters have. (Especially the very cute mispronounced words that we see once in a while!) Overall, I really enjoyed this story and am confident that whoever picks up this book will as well. Not only is it a magical adventure across the sea, it also packs in a great message of perseverance, bravery, and loyalty! A big thanks to Netgalley and Jolly Fish Press for providing me with this eARC in return for an honest and fair review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Froberg

    I really enjoyed the adventure I went on in this book! We start off with the two main characters, Noa and Dagan, brothers and princes of their island. After danger comes to their island, they gather together a group of kids to sail a boat to save their island, and possibly their entire world. Pirates, hidden ocean dangers, maps, and secret islands dot their travels to save their home and each other. One of the biggest things that shine in the Sea of Kings is the brother relationship. I loved the I really enjoyed the adventure I went on in this book! We start off with the two main characters, Noa and Dagan, brothers and princes of their island. After danger comes to their island, they gather together a group of kids to sail a boat to save their island, and possibly their entire world. Pirates, hidden ocean dangers, maps, and secret islands dot their travels to save their home and each other. One of the biggest things that shine in the Sea of Kings is the brother relationship. I loved their banter and found them funny and endearing as they antagonized each other to no end. The twists and turns of the book are well laid out, clues are strewn along the way that are enticing but not too much of a giveaway. While the book did have a bit of a slow start, it did plenty in the middle and end to make me feel like I went on an adventure with the characters. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Thorne

    It took too long to fit into my schedule, but once I sat down, I plowed through this exciting seafaring novel! Ever since Pirates of the Caribbean, swashbuckling adventurers have been a staple of my must-reads, but Sea of Kings conquered the oceans! Noa, the hesitant, bookish main character, is yanked off his dynamic island-kingdom when a family friend turns traitor. He partners with his younger brother, the bold yet impulsive Dagan and a few other kids from the island on a seafaring journey fol It took too long to fit into my schedule, but once I sat down, I plowed through this exciting seafaring novel! Ever since Pirates of the Caribbean, swashbuckling adventurers have been a staple of my must-reads, but Sea of Kings conquered the oceans! Noa, the hesitant, bookish main character, is yanked off his dynamic island-kingdom when a family friend turns traitor. He partners with his younger brother, the bold yet impulsive Dagan and a few other kids from the island on a seafaring journey following a mysterious map--the only thing that can save their kingdom. Every destination is more intricate and engaging than the last, and it makes for a fast, enjoyable read. Hope's writing brims with fun dialogue, fantastic worldbuilding, and amazing characters. There's something for every kid to enjoy in this wonderful story of friendship and forgiveness.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alina

    Betrayed by their closest friend and surrounded by Pirates, the people of Ondule have nowhere to go. Their only hope lies on the shoulders of the young crew who must use their brawn and wits to trick the Pirates and get help. The first few chapters didn't hold my attention for long but it got more interesting as the story moved forward. It was refreshing to see kids act like kids for a change instead of knowing everything just to make them look more intelligent. Melissa invested a lot of time in th Betrayed by their closest friend and surrounded by Pirates, the people of Ondule have nowhere to go. Their only hope lies on the shoulders of the young crew who must use their brawn and wits to trick the Pirates and get help. The first few chapters didn't hold my attention for long but it got more interesting as the story moved forward. It was refreshing to see kids act like kids for a change instead of knowing everything just to make them look more intelligent. Melissa invested a lot of time in the story and it shows by how well woven it felt. The twists near the end of the book blew my mind and creeped me out at the same time. I would've enjoyed it more if it had more magic but the discovery of magic and adventure of the high sea with the crew was way too pure to not be enough on its own. Note:- I received a free eArc in exchange of an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Adam

    This is a fast-paced adventure story full of twists and turns that will delight young readers. The relationship between Noa and his brother Dagan is so believable - they tussle and tease, but their loyalty to each other is heartwarming. Their crew of fellow youngsters is charmingly chaotic but brave in the ways that matter. I thoroughly enjoyed the quick action and intriguing sense of mystery, and I found the sly humor a perfect balance to the lurking threat of danger. The vivid descriptions of This is a fast-paced adventure story full of twists and turns that will delight young readers. The relationship between Noa and his brother Dagan is so believable - they tussle and tease, but their loyalty to each other is heartwarming. Their crew of fellow youngsters is charmingly chaotic but brave in the ways that matter. I thoroughly enjoyed the quick action and intriguing sense of mystery, and I found the sly humor a perfect balance to the lurking threat of danger. The vivid descriptions of the islands and the sea made me long for sunny summer days on the beach! If you're looking for a quick pirate adventure complete with a magical map, a mysterious king, strange sea creatures, a girl who trains dolphins (I wish we could have seen more of her!!), and a young prince with the power to save his island kingdom, this is the book for you.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Afifah Mohd

    First of all, thank you so much to Edelweiss+ for giving me this eARC in exchange for an honest review. This adventure story is geared to middle-grade readers. Overall, the story is enjoyable. The plot is quite fast-paced and becomes more suspenseful in later chapters. However, there are quite a number of characters in this story and I need quite some time to remember them. One factor that in my opinion makes the story more interesting is how detailed the author described this story’s scenes. Th First of all, thank you so much to Edelweiss+ for giving me this eARC in exchange for an honest review. This adventure story is geared to middle-grade readers. Overall, the story is enjoyable. The plot is quite fast-paced and becomes more suspenseful in later chapters. However, there are quite a number of characters in this story and I need quite some time to remember them. One factor that in my opinion makes the story more interesting is how detailed the author described this story’s scenes. This story is set on the ocean and islands, and the author managed to write their scenery quite detailed but managed to make it still interesting for me to read. As far as I remember, I did not really read stories set on islands, oceans, and sailing, thus making those descriptions really informative. The writing and the plot are also clear to understand for me. The characters’ development is also quite nice for me but, in my opinion, they can be improved more. Lastly, I really hope for a sequel or maybe another story set in the same universe. I give ⅘ stars for this story ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andee

    BLOG|INSTAGRAM|TWITTER|YOUTUBE Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really really really wanted to like this book. However, I am DNF'ing at 41%. I'm still giving it 3 stars though, because the world is really interesting and the plot seems like it will be great. The issue is that the pacing is too slow for me, and I can't retain interest in the book to continue reading it. It was making me start to resent the book. A negati BLOG|INSTAGRAM|TWITTER|YOUTUBE Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really really really wanted to like this book. However, I am DNF'ing at 41%. I'm still giving it 3 stars though, because the world is really interesting and the plot seems like it will be great. The issue is that the pacing is too slow for me, and I can't retain interest in the book to continue reading it. It was making me start to resent the book. A negative here is that there are too many characters at hand, so I was also really struggling to understand what was going on. This is probably a fantastic pirate MG, but, for those reasons I had to DNF.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Te De

    I'm not going to rate it because I didn't read it. I just want to say I will probably never read this unless it falls into my lap and I have no choice because I find it very unsettling for a child to be referred to as "dim-witted" right on the blurb. And then there's the added imagery of slugs in a salt bath. Innocent creatures dying a horrible death, used as the punchline to a joke when literally any other imagery could be plugged into that hole. I'm not trying to pearl-clutch, I just feel like I'm not going to rate it because I didn't read it. I just want to say I will probably never read this unless it falls into my lap and I have no choice because I find it very unsettling for a child to be referred to as "dim-witted" right on the blurb. And then there's the added imagery of slugs in a salt bath. Innocent creatures dying a horrible death, used as the punchline to a joke when literally any other imagery could be plugged into that hole. I'm not trying to pearl-clutch, I just feel like if these two things made it onto the blurb, me and the author's humors do not match and I'm probably going to find many more of this type of content inside the book where it is funny to mock people's intelligence and laugh at things getting hurt.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nichole

    Prince Noa lives on an island, and he hates it. Ever since his mother died at sea, his father has made it a law that children cannot leave the island. Noa understands that his father doesn't want anything to happen to the rest of his family, but he is still tired of being stuck there. Be careful what you wish for. When the King's closest friend betrays him and takes over the island, the King gives Noa a magical map to follow. Noa and his brother must follow the map in order to save their family Prince Noa lives on an island, and he hates it. Ever since his mother died at sea, his father has made it a law that children cannot leave the island. Noa understands that his father doesn't want anything to happen to the rest of his family, but he is still tired of being stuck there. Be careful what you wish for. When the King's closest friend betrays him and takes over the island, the King gives Noa a magical map to follow. Noa and his brother must follow the map in order to save their family and home. This is a fun, action-packed adventure story. I loved the characters and the world. I loved the magical creatures. I hope this becomes a series. I would definitely read more with these characters. I received a copy from Net Galley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Middle graders will absolutely love this. A spell-binding adventure expertly told with the things dreams are made of: pirates, a band of school chums, danger, evil villains, and a touch of magic. Embedded subtly are some valuable life lessons, e.g., bookish nerds can be invaluable friends; choices are not always easy—doing the right thing versus the doing the easy thing; judging people without knowing their circumstances is fraught with risk; and reconciliation of differences with friends/parents Middle graders will absolutely love this. A spell-binding adventure expertly told with the things dreams are made of: pirates, a band of school chums, danger, evil villains, and a touch of magic. Embedded subtly are some valuable life lessons, e.g., bookish nerds can be invaluable friends; choices are not always easy—doing the right thing versus the doing the easy thing; judging people without knowing their circumstances is fraught with risk; and reconciliation of differences with friends/parents should be done sooner rather than later. A page turner, with a beautifully constructed sequel ending.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarai

    This novel was absolutely amazing and is such a great read for the middle grade audience! It contains action and adventure but also teaches great lessons of courage and the importance of family. The characters were fun and unique. The story reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean but with the lost boys from Peter Pan. I enjoyed the pace of the story and I really felt it kept the reader engaged even with the epilogue in the end (so many new questions there haha)! Is there a sequel in the works?.. This novel was absolutely amazing and is such a great read for the middle grade audience! It contains action and adventure but also teaches great lessons of courage and the importance of family. The characters were fun and unique. The story reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean but with the lost boys from Peter Pan. I enjoyed the pace of the story and I really felt it kept the reader engaged even with the epilogue in the end (so many new questions there haha)! Is there a sequel in the works?..... because I'm ready for more! Thank you Net Galley, Flux, and North Star Editions for an advanced copy of this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nora

    DNF at 25% I am so sorry for dnf-ing this book. Based on the cover and the blurb, I was looking forward to reading this book. I was so excited when I received an arc from NetGalley and Jolly Fish Press. But I came to realise that I'm an indeed not the target demographic for this book. I can imagine pre-teens adoring it, but for me the characters and the way they behaved felt unnatural and honestly a bit forced. Even only at 25%, the storyline felt too trope-y and I just couldn't find myself enjoy DNF at 25% I am so sorry for dnf-ing this book. Based on the cover and the blurb, I was looking forward to reading this book. I was so excited when I received an arc from NetGalley and Jolly Fish Press. But I came to realise that I'm an indeed not the target demographic for this book. I can imagine pre-teens adoring it, but for me the characters and the way they behaved felt unnatural and honestly a bit forced. Even only at 25%, the storyline felt too trope-y and I just couldn't find myself enjoying it. So while I personally didn't like this book, I honestly think it could be a great choice if you have a kid around 12.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    This was such a fun, sea-faring middle grade adventure! Full of mythical creatures, friendship and brotherly love, pirates and islands--this debut isn't one you're going to want to pass up. The author keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what shenanigans Noa and the gang are going to get in next. And if the ending is any indication, I am definitely looking forward to a sequel set in this swashbuckling world! This was such a fun, sea-faring middle grade adventure! Full of mythical creatures, friendship and brotherly love, pirates and islands--this debut isn't one you're going to want to pass up. The author keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what shenanigans Noa and the gang are going to get in next. And if the ending is any indication, I am definitely looking forward to a sequel set in this swashbuckling world!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I recieved a free copy of this book via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoy this book, the brothers were very loyal to each other, even if they were very different. The action was fun and descriptive. A little bit over the top at times but in a nice fun way. I think alot youngsters will love reading this book about pirates and adventures. I adored the ending.

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