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Seafire
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Seafire
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A warlord killed Caledonia's parents and kidnapped her brother. Now, on the deadly Bullet seas, Captain Caledonia Styx and her all-female crew are ready for revenge.
"This is Mad Max by way of Davy Jones, a high-energy, breathless adventure [about] a group of damaged girls who find home in one another." —Booklist
"The pace of the book is fast and relentless, and the action sequences tense and believable, but the best moments are the ones in which the female relationships shine." —NPR
"One of the most spell-binding adventures of the year. This is female piracy at its best." —The San Francisco Chronicle
"The best kind of fantasy. . . . impossible to put down." —Paste

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric's armed and armored fleet.
But when Caledonia's best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all...or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?
The first in a heart-stopping trilogy that recalls the undeniable feminine power of Wonder Woman and the powder-keg action of Mad Max: Fury Road, Seafire reminds us of the importance of sisterhood and unity in the face of oppression and tyranny.
A warlord killed Caledonia's parents and kidnapped her brother. Now, on the deadly Bullet seas, Captain Caledonia Styx and her all-female crew are ready for revenge.
"This is Mad Max by way of Davy Jones, a high-energy, breathless adventure [about] a group of damaged girls who find home in one another." —Booklist
"The pace of the book is fast and relentless, and the action sequences tense and believable, but the best moments are the ones in which the female relationships shine." —NPR
"One of the most spell-binding adventures of the year. This is female piracy at its best." —The San Francisco Chronicle
"The best kind of fantasy. . . . impossible to put down." —Paste

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric's armed and armored fleet.
But when Caledonia's best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all...or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?
The first in a heart-stopping trilogy that recalls the undeniable feminine power of Wonder Woman and the powder-keg action of Mad Max: Fury Road, Seafire reminds us of the importance of sisterhood and unity in the face of oppression and tyranny.
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  • From the cover ***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected copy proof***

    Copyright © 2018 Natalie C. Parker

    Before

    Caledonia stretched along the prow of the Ghost as the ship sliced through black water. At night, the ocean offered only a dark reflection of the sky above, and the promise of a cold grave below.

    Her mother, Rhona, crouched near, a rifle balanced on her knees, eyes surveying the sea road ahead. "Our way forward is marred. Do you see?" she said.

    Caledonia studied the eddies in the water, searching for the signs that meant there were rocks ahead, or a sunken ship, unusual swirls, or a sudden chop of waves. Rhona was always the first to spot them, but Caledonia was getting better.

    "Rocks," Caledonia said, and without waiting for permission, she turned and called to her father where he stood on the bridge. "Three degrees port!"

    The Ghost nosed south to avoid the sharp danger. On either side, familiar outlines of small islands rose around the ship. These were the waters of the Bone Mouth, a series of islands and rocky protrusions that offered flimsy sanctuary to anyone brave enough to sail them. They were treacherous in daylight, and nearly impassable at night, except by Caledonia's mother, Rhona Styx, captain of the Ghost. Under her command, they sailed as smoothly as if on open blue waters.

    Years ago, Rhona liked to remind her daughter, they wouldn't have needed such stealth. When Rhona was a girl, she sailed from the colder northern currents, past the towering Rock Isles, all the way down to the Bone Mouth without any more danger than the occasional storm. Then, so gradually few noticed until it was too late, a man named Aric Athair had grown a fleet of ships armed and armored for taking and killing. His fleet of Bullet ships stretched in a violent chain across the only way in or out of these expansive waters. Anyone on the wrong side of his notorious Net found themselves bent under the pressure of his thumb.

    Now, after years of dodging Aric Athair and his Bullets, and facing dwindling resources, Rhona had decided the time had come for their small band to punch through the Net. For months, they'd searched for the best way. They'd studied the Bullet ships from a distance and determined the weakest point was at the tip of the Bone Mouth, where even Aric's ships were loath to sail. The Ghost could make it, but first they needed food—fruit, nuts, and meat if they could get it—to supplement their stores for the unknown waters beyond.

    Tonight, they resupplied. But tomorrow night, they ran for the very last time.

    "You and your brother prep for the shore run." Rhona's red hair rolled behind her, battling with the wind.

    A small thrill straightened Caledonia's spine. From the age of six, she'd campaigned for the responsibility of shore runs to be hers. Only in the last year had her mother finally conceded and assigned her the task. But as much as Caledonia cherished the trust her mother placed in her on those occasions, she knew her little brother hated those long dark rides to shore. He would spend the entire night terrified of being so far from the safety of their ship. "Let me take Pisces." Caledonia climbed to her feet and followed her mother. "We're a good team. Besides, Donnally's too young for shore runs. He's only twelve turns, you know."

    Rhona laughed her grizzly laugh. "You know this from all your experience?"

    Caledonia pictured Donnally's eyes tight with fear, his mouth pressed into a stoic line as he struggled not to disappoint their mother.

    "I do," she answered.

    "Cala, the only way your brother will learn is by your side," Rhona...

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  • Natalie C. Parker is the author of the Beware the Wild duology, the Seafire trilogy, and the editor of Three Sides of a Heart. She earned her BA in English literature from the University of Southern Mississippi and her MA in gender studies from the University of Cincinnati. She grew up in a Navy family finding home in coastal cities from Virginia to Japan. Now, she lives surprisingly far from any ocean on the Kansas prairie where she runs Madcap Retreats with her wife. She tweets @nataliecparker.
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  • AudioFile Magazine Rebecca Soler narrates with a driving force that captures the tone of the first in a female pirate series. Caledonia Styx is the daughter of a fierce pirate mother who demands that Caledonia become tough to protect herself against a ruthless warlord and his savage army. In a fiery encounter, Caledonia is critically wounded and her family slaughtered. Saved by her best friend, she seeks revenge. Four years later, Caledonia has put together a new crew, and Soler's tone ramps- up as they face challenges aplenty. Soler's pacing emphasizes the nonstop action, and her pauses add depth to tender moments. The ending is abrupt but will leave listeners eager for the next in the series. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award � AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine
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