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Levanine’s life as a slave is insignificant. She has always been property; bound to her owner, content to serve quietly where no one can cause her harm. However, when her master sells her to pay a debt, her false safety is shattered, and she finds herself offered as a sex slave on the continent of Dreanis.
Fearful and hopeless, Levanine expects the worst to happen. Nothing could prepare her to be suddenly swept onto a pirate ship by an infamous captain whose interests are a mystery to her.
Forced to think on her feet, the silent girl must overcome a lifetime of servitude to survive on a ship where everything is trying to destroy her.
As sea monsters, mutinies, and ghosts wreak havoc on the ship and its crew, Levanine realizes that she doesn’t have the luxury of simply surviving until they arrive at Avondella, her continent of redemption.
Levanine must decide whether she will die the person she has always been, a meek nobody… or will she make a name for herself at sea?
Dawn Dagger has had a passion for reading and writing ever since she could remember. When she was six she drew and wrote her very own book, and though it hardly makes sense now, she was so proud. She has written many books, short stories, and poems since then, and continues to do so. Dawn placed highly in her two middle school years of Power of the Pen and even has her short story ‘The Haunting’ published in an anthology, She admits she isn’t good at anything physical (except some ballroom dancing), or video games, but she does enjoy a nice game of Mario Kart, a trip fishing, or just a walk in the woods. She has a knack for taking pictures of whatever catches her eye; especially brightly colored flowers. Dawn is a sucker for a good fantasy book, lives off of coffee, and loves her wonderful family and friends, and her dedicated boyfriend, Nevin, who is just like a romance novel character.
Dawn has over 70 stories started (don’t believe her? Just the other night she rattled off the 37 stories she’s actually named and what they’re about to Nevin because he wanted to know) and that doesn’t include short stories or poems. She has lots of writing to do, and is excited for what’s ahead!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Silver Dagger Book Tours and Amazon for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
So friends, one of the things that I will say from the get go is that this book is not going to be comfortable for anyone. That does not mean that people won’t find it enjoyable. If that makes sense. You can enjoy reading a book but don’t necessarily have to be comfortable with the topics or themes discussed in a book. I’ve had that happen, where I was so angry at what was going on in the novel and ended up loving a book because the book itself wasn’t written bad or anything, it was just what the characters were going through in the novel. So yeah, I hope that makes sense.
My point basically is that I do NOT condone slavery of any kind: physical labor, sexual labor, etc. The main character in this novel has always been a slave. It just so happened that when she was sold from one owner to another, she became a sex slave. Now, some people may use that term in a more kinky sense, and please correct me if I’m wrong because I am not very well educated on the kinks that are out there, but in this case, it is not one of consensual sex. It sucks for our main character, and I think Dagger does a good job at not romanticizing slavery in this novel.
As this is the first book in a series, I am curious to see what other people will end up saying about both this book and the others that are a part of this series, how Levanine is going to continue her story in the aftermath of everything that happened to her in this novel, and what kind of growth and progress she will be able to take moving forward.