Ａｕｔｈｏｒ：Natalie C. Parker
Ｒａｔｉｎｇ：★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
＊Ｎｏｔｅ：Review for Book 1. I received a copy of this book from Goodreads/The Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Caledonia may have lost her crew, but she’s not done fighting yet. After nearly dying at the hand of a powerful foe, Caledonia is pulled from the sea and nursed back to health by a crew of former Bullets that call themselves Blades. The Blades escaped Aric Athair’s clutches and now live a nomadic existence, ready to disappear at a moment’s notice should trouble come their way.
But Caledonia wants to do more than just hide. She wants to find the Mors Navis and her beloved sisters. She wants to continue fighting Aric’s fleet and to take back the Bullet seas. She’ll need to do everything in her power to convince the Blades that fighting is their only option, that there has to be a life better than the one under Aric Athair’s reign, and that finding the women of the Mors Navis is the first step to revolution.
❝ “When we fight for each other, we win, no matter what.” ❞
Things were left on a pretty uncertain note for Caledonia in the first book, Seafire, after she was nearly killed when she went after Lir. And while the first book did have its flaws, I was really looking forward to seeing how Caledonia’s adventure continued. And I have to say that after reading Steel Tide I definitely enjoyed it more than Seafire.
Caledonia and her all-girls crew were one of my favorite aspects of the book, but introducing the Blades (former Bullets) and having her views challenged was a much needed change for her development and the story overall.
I also like the mindset and culture around the Blades. For people who had all control their life taken from them, consent everything. I loved how they left it up to Caledonia if she wanted their medical help and whether she would stay or go. Even the little choices mattered and I thought it was a nice touch to work this into their group dynamics.
One of the biggest changes to Caledonia’s character was that she started to step up and think beyond surviving and hurting Aric. I think the way the plot slowly had her moving towards going on the offense (in a big way) was done well. I also liked that her decision to leave her crew at the end ofSeafire and her not relying on her crew as much as she should was addressed. It was a big step up from her keeping things from them to protect them. She really started to open up and it was a nice change.
❝ They were two points on a map that were never meant to meet. Yet here they were: the tyrant and the rebel, the man and the girl. ❞
Of course, Caledonia still has some fairly epic and badass battles along the way. I really enjoy her crazy plans and brilliant mind.
And, I can’t give spoilers obviously, but the prologue had me anxiously awaiting what would happen when Caledonia found her brother! The ending to Steel Tide it was pretty epic and intense for more than one reason and definitely left me wanting book 3.
One thing that didn’t really change in Steel Tide was the romance. I still wasn’t feeling the romance between Caledonia and Oran. It never developed organically and it still feels like insta-love. I will say though, that it definitely gets more complicated when we learn another big piece of Oran’s past as a Bullet.
Overall, I think Steel Tide was better put together than Seafire and if you’re continuing the series you’ll enjoy the sequel!
What other pirate books have you enjoyed?