The Lost Prince - YA Review by Derek D

Reader: Derek D.
Age: 13
Title: Seaborne #1: The Lost Prince
Author: Matt Myklusch
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pub Date: 5/26/15
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: This book was an exciting story about loyalty, morality, and betrayal.  The main character, Dean, along with his former crewmates, Ronan and Rook, search for a magical golden orchard on the legendary island of Zenhala for a ruthless pirate king. Delivering information of the orchard’s whereabouts will grant them their freedom to travel the world on their own. On the island, Dean must take a series of trials to prove that he’s a prince who was lost in a pirate raid 13 years ago. The gang quickly uncovers a plot to assassinate Dean, which makes them question otherwise trustworthy island leaders. As they uncover more about the island’s economics and history, Dean and Ronan start to question if what they’re doing is following an honorable pirate code, which is to steal only from those who can afford it or those who deserve it. Meanwhile, Rook is loyal to the pirate king and tries to convince Dean and Ronan to find and report the location of the orchard. The book has lots of action, along with plot twists that will keep you reading. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an interesting and adventurous read.
Memorable or Forgettable: This book had a dynamic set of characters involved in an action filled story taking place in a beautifully described setting. It raises a thought provoking question of how you can be an honorable pirate and thief. All these things make this book a memorable read.
Cover: The cover features Dean rushing through the air on his makeshift parasail that is mentioned throughout the book with the Snapdragon by his side. It did tempt me to pick up this book and it accurately portrayed the book’s contents.
Age Range: 12 through 13
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal

tags:  adventure / mystery / pirates / ya lit

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