Saturday, 3 December 2016

Review - The Voyage to Magical North (The Accidental Pirates, #1) by Claire Fayers

Title: The Voyage to Magical North (The Accidental Pirates, #1)
Author: Claire Fayers
Pages: 320
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Release date: 5th July 2016

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Twelve-year-old Brine Seaborne is a girl with a past--if only she could remember what it is. Found alone in a rowboat as a child, clutching a shard of the rare starshell needed for spell-casting, she's spent the past years keeping house for an irritable magician and his obnoxious apprentice, Peter.
When Brine and Peter get themselves into a load of trouble and flee, they blunder into the path of the legendary pirate ship the Onion. Before you can say "pieces of eight," they're up to their necks in the pirates' quest to find Magical North, a place so shrouded in secrets and myth that most people don't even think it exists. If Brine is lucky, she’ll find her place in the world. And if she's unlucky, everyone on the ship will be eaten by sea monsters. It could really go either way.


My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and NetGalley*

Twelve-year-old Brine was found in a boat with only a piece of starshell, something that allows magicians to harness power. Ever since, she has been a housekeeper for a magician and his annoying apprentice Peter.
When the magician announces some changes, Brine and Peter flee, only to find themselves rescued by the crew of the Onion, a pirate ship captained by the legendary Cassie O'Pia.
A series of events then sees the duo on a dangerous quest to find Magical North.
Will the Onion make it to Magical North?
Will Brine find out about her past?

The Voyage to Magical North was a fun, middle grade book.
The characters were okay but I didn't have any favourites.
The plot was quite fast paced but it didn't hold my attention and I found myself skim-reading.
The idea of Magical North was intriguing and I liked that there was a library that men couldn't enter.

Overall this was an okay read but I lost interest.