Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Seaborne #1: The Lost Prince by Matt Myklusch

This is the first book in a swashbuckling new series that grabs you by the hand and races off in an exciting tale about pirates.  Dean Seaborne is an orphan.  But could he be more than that?

Egmont USA and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has just been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

Dean has been brought up on a pirate ship and is being used as a spy.  He tried to escape once, but that didn't go well.  He almost got fed to the sharks.  Now he just does what he's told.

His latest assignment is to go out with another pirate's ship and find out why they aren't bringing in as much loot as they should.  There's a good reason for that.  They only take what's extra or what people can afford to share.  They don't steal from the poor.  He's found out what he needed to know but before he could get leave, they get shot out of the water!  He helps get the water and food off the boat and they float on the sea until they all are exhausted and fall into a deep sleep.  When he awakens, he's on another boat.  His captain is missing.  The good Samaritan that took him in thinks he's a prince of a lost island of gold.  He thinks they are nuts.

When he sneaks out and goes back to the pirate ship, the King of Pirates tells him to stay on the ship and lead him to the gold.  This is where the story really gets exciting.  You have the Bermuda Triangle, sea serpents, princely challenges and killers on the island.  As they try to find the orchard of gold trees, all they find is more trouble.  If three brothers trying to kill Dean isn't enough, one of the pirates is also ready to get rid of him.

I especially liked the part where Dean has to conquer natural challenges.  He needs all his wits, instincts and a few tools to make it happen and he almost dies a few time on the way, but he makes it.  I doubt I'd do so well!

This is very fast paced exciting adventure that both boys and girls will love.  There's a fearless princess, too.  Even reluctant readers shouldn't have a problem with this book.  I can't wait to read the next book in this series.  Dean is going to have more adventures, I know it!

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