Recommendations | 4 Pirate Books You Will Love!

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I hope you’re all doing well! Today I’m bringing you 4 recommendations for Pirate books! I love heavily themed books, and pirates are one of my favorite subgenres within fantasy! I read a few pirate books in the last few years, and I want to share with you some of my favorites. So here are the recommendations!

1. Daughter of the Pirate King duology by Tricia Levenseller

This duology stole my heart to the point that I read it in one sitting! The book is very well written and I felt like I was completely transported to that ship! I also loved the main character: she was strong, intelligent, fully aware of her potential and fierce as hell. I loved her smart answers and sarcasm, which made her even more amazing to me.

There’s also some romance in this story, and I would describe it as a perfect balance of a slow burning romance with a lot of excitement! The story is fantastic, the female lead is inspiring and strong and the atmosphere is out of this world! If you take any recommendations from this post, I strongly recommend this one! Here’s the synopsis:


“There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.”

2. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Compared to the “Daughter of the Pirate King” duology, this has more of a serious/realistic tone to it. Still, the author also did a great job setting an atmosphere that makes you travel to this new world.

Apparently this is a retelling of “The Little Mermaid” but I honestly don’t see it. The only thing both stories have in common is that the main character is transformed from a siren to a girl. But other than that, there is not that much in common to make me think of this as a retelling. I think the romance is not the strongest here, but if you like slightly dark pirate books, give this a go! Also, this is a standalone… not very common in fantasy! Here’s the synopsis if you’re interested:


“Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?”

3. Fable duology by Adrienne Young

Just look at these covers. JUST LOOK AT THEM! It’s by far one of my favorite covers of all time. Anyways, I digress.

This was such a cool story! One of my favorite things about this book is how well this world is put together. It’s obvious the author put in a lot of work to make this story seem realistic – you know, for a fiction story. The way the characters talked and acted, the terms used, the scenery… Everything contributed to create a rich story.

This is the kind of book where you don’t know who to trust. You get into Fable’s shoes and you just hope for the best! I will say there were some points the story felt a bit slow paced, but not to the point that would bother me. Still, there is a lot of adventure, danger and secrets to unfold, so if you like pirate stories you are in for a treat! Here’s the synopsis:


“For seventeen-year-old Fable, the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home she has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one, and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father, and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him, and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.

Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men. Fable takes you on a spectacular journey filled with romance, intrigue, and adventure.”

4. All the Stars and Teeth duology by Adalyn Grace

I admit this duology wasn’t my favorite, but I think it’s more of a personal taste matter, and for that reason I still think it’s worth talking about it! A lot of people enjoyed this, so I think it’s worth checking it out if you like pirate books.

I personally found this book a little dull at times regarding the pacing, but I think the story is well structured and the plot is interesting. So here’s the synopsis in case you’re curious:


“Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice.

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer — the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder — and more peril — than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

And that’s it folks! I hope you enjoyed these recommendations. It’s not easy to find good pirate books out there, so I’ll keep digging and I promise I’ll share with you once I find new ones. 🙂

Tell me about you! Do you like pirate books? If you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments.

Thank you for reading!

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