The Ocean’s Light (Blood of the Pirate Book 1) by Mina Chara is an adventurous pirate fantasy spun artfully around the main character Evie Waters. Evie is a 19 year old orphaned-as-an-infant young woman who despite her shortcoming makes up for it in her charismatic determination and intelligence. The diverse supporting cast of secondary characters bring her quest to find her parents on the high seas to life. The author truly gave these characters depth and life that does wonders in keeping the plotline moving in a captivating way. While the book’s target audience is YA it is also befitting for readers in the New Adult and Adult age groups who enjoy a delightful adventure that will truly suck you into the tale.
Another aspect to enjoy about this story is that you have a vast water encompassed world explored through Evie’s quest. Different nooks and crannies of the ports and islands that Evie finds herself are presented in a way that you can imagine the settings vividly without losing the story’s pace. The imagery of the different ships, bustling markets, divey bars, and (starkly different) posh palace interiors give the fantasy world a sense of wondrous tangibility.
The action is balanced with humor and tender moments throughout the book. Though Evie was raised an orphan she is able to find a home for herself and more on the seas with her newfound companions. The ending to this first book is well written and seems to close Evie’s initial adventures. As a reader I can’t wait to dive into the second book.