Review: Princess of Death (Curse of the Pirate #1) by Cortney Pearson
Never trust a pirate.
The plague struck without warning. Now, to save her people, Cali must cross the mysterious, impenetrable boundary to reach a treacherous land of magic and find the cure.
When she arrives, she not only discovers that she looks eerily similar to its princess, but that war is brewing on the horizon. The pirate king has come to call in a debt, and the price he demands is an alliance between his son and the princess Soraya. Soraya refuses to give in to the pirate's whims and demands Cali meet him in her place.
Cali doesn't have time to court anyone, especially not a pirate—no matter how beautiful or brooding he is—but she accepts in order to ensure her stay at the palace long enough to save her dying people. But when she is captured, her only hope to find a cure may rest in the hands of the pirate she scorned.
If only she could trust him.
Prepare to abandon the world you know for one where moonlight uncovers magic and buccaneer greed steals more than just the sea. Scroll up and one-click this enchanting new fantasy from USA Today bestselling author Cortney Pearson today!
Genre: Another-World, Fairytale, Mystery, Romance, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Suspense, Withes--
Princess Cali is devastated when her good friend dies of the plague that has been running rampant through her people, but when her love falls in, she is willing to do whatever she can to save him and the rest of the Kingdom. Acting on desperation, she visits an outcast magic user who makes her an offer- she can potentially save her people, but to do so she must travel to another region outside her world and make an ultimate sacrifice.
The cover of the book is seriously gorgeous, probably one of the best I have seen in a long time. That was enough to grab my attention but then I saw this was written by Cortney who has written so many needs I desire, it was enivitable that I was going to read Princess of Death (and with a title of Princess of Death who could resist?).
Princess of Death was like the Prince and the Pauper meets a dark version of the Little Mermaid, with the Sea Witch, pirates and death. I do love me some fairytale retellings, and this took hints of fairytales and threw them on their heads with a totally new spin. Basically, there was a little bit of everything here including royal intrigue, conspiracies, finned humanoid species that can kill, a charming rogue pirate prince, secret identities, a goddess/sea witch, lies, betrayal, romance, magic, devastation, disease, curses... there was so much going on that I was kept on my toes guessing what would happen next!
Cali was an incredibly resourceful character, way more than her magical counterpart (cough cough Soraya) seemed to be. She was spunky and had a will made out of iron which I completely respected. She only had herself to rely on, in a world completely unknown, yet she manages just fine and keeps a calm disposition. I understand her actions and rooted her on, but sometimes I wanted to have an intervention on her behalf to stop what I knew would happen next. Yep, I can't say anymore without going off on a spoiler filled tangent, but I loved Cali (and I seriously hearted Bae).
The ending was heartbreaking, I'm not gonna lie. I felt pretty devastated by all the turn of events that occurred in the last few chapters of the book but at the same time hopeful for what the next book will bring. I would love to have a talk with someone about Undine Daray and her position as either an evil Sea Witch or a benevolent Goddess with the action that took place here. I am looking forward to getting my grabby hands on the next book in the series to see what dastardly things Cortney wants to through at our heroine next!
P.s. check out the next gorgeous cover for Book 2, Tournament of Power (which comes out March 7th)