A few weeks ago I got a lovely email from L. J. Surrage asking if I was interested in reviewing her book (in exchange for a free copy) and honestly, at first I wasn’t sure because it didn’t sound like something I would usually read (I usually stick to Harry Potter and celebrity autobiographies😂) but, I decided to accept the offer and I’m so glad I did! So, here’s my review of The Princess Mutiny.
I’ve never been very good at explaining the plot/synopsis of things, I always make whatever I’m explaining sound terrible (it’s a gift) so I’ve decided to use L. J’s synopsis that she gave me in her email (+ 1 detail I added myself):
‘The Princess Mutiny’ is a historical fantasy work of fiction, following the adventure of Anastasia Windell, princess of Eagen, who is forced to run away from her friends and family, and in doing so becomes one of the West Indies’ most notorious pirates, Theo Wrenne. After joining the ranks of Blackbeard and Mark Read, Anya learns that she can’t run from her past forever, and that blood runs thicker than water.
Honestly, it took me a few chapters to get into the book but when I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t wait to see how it ended. There were a few times in the book when I thought oh, it must be getting to the end now, but I could see there were over 200 pages left and I thought, where is this going? It was just full of twists and turns and it didn’t go where I thought it would but the ending was amazing (no spoilers here though!)
I absolutely love Anastasia (or Anya), because she is just such a badass who won’t take any nonsense from anyone and will go to any extent to save the family she left behind, even as far as risk blowing her cover. It’s pretty rare to get a female protagonist (or at least I haven’t really read anything with a female lead) and Anya was brilliant.
As I’ve mentioned, there won’t be any spoilers here so I’m not going to name names but the antagonist was also brilliant, I don’t think I’ve ever hated a character more (but in a good way!) he/she was such a good villain!
My favourite character had to be Stanley, Anya’s valet. He protected her for her entire life, even when she ran away and was her closest friend.
This story was an emotional rollercoaster, it’s sad, exciting, happy, funny, and more and I would recommend EVERYONE to read this book! I really hope one day they make it into a film because it would be brilliant! Although, I probably won’t be able to watch it because it will be too bloody for me😂. I really hope there will be a sequel to this book (I read somewhere that L.J was working on a sequel so fingers crossed!).
Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book (we can discuss it!) or if you’re planning on reading this book (we can discuss it afterwards!). This was my first book review so I really hope it’s okay, it was harder than I thought because I didn’t want to give away too much! Thank you so much to L.J Surrage for approaching me and allowing me to read your book, I really really loved it! If you want to get a copy of the book yourself, you can find on Amazon here. If you enjoyed my review of The Princess Mutiny, please share it using the buttons below!
Thanks for reading, Em xo