Review: The Lost Prince (Seaborne #1) by Matt Myklusch

The Lost Prince (Seaborne #1) by Matt Myklusch

“It took a special kind of madness to try to be a pirate and a good man at the same time.”

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Publisher: Egmont USA/Random House Format: ARC Source: Received through Red Ballon’s Teen Bookclub in exchange for an honest review Rating:  (5/5 Stars) Synopsis: 

Dean Seaborne is thrown off his ship by the Pirate King and given one last chance to redeem himself before he meets Davy Jones’s locker. He has to spy on the Pirate King’s biggest rival, Gentleman Jack Harper, and find the treasure hidden on the mysterious island of Zenhala.

Once on Zenhala, Dean finds that the inhabitants of the island think he is the lost prince who went missing 13 year ago. In order to fulfill his mission for the Pirate King, Dean undergoes intense and fantastical trials to prove he is the lost prince. But the longer Dean stays on the island, the more he questions his mission.

I was so excited for this book. SO EXCITED. Going by my twitter, I’ve been excited to read it for almost a year. I also named it in my predicted favorites post for this year. When I was able to get an ARC of it, I was absolutely ecstatic.

The Lost Prince by Matt Myklusch was really, really, really, REALLY good. The premise was great. The plot was great and well executed. The main character was great and the perfect blend of awkward teenager and overly confident idiot. 

But, I have to say the greatest part was (what else) the setting. The pirate ships. The magical island of Zenhala. All of it was very cool, well described and so, so imaginative and wonderful.

I also loved all of the backstory that was woven through out the story. All the characters had histories and motives. They had reasons to hate each other or fend for each other. All of the characters were fully fleshed out and great in their own way.

I really liked this first book of the Seaborne series. It ended up not quite being what I expected and in many ways that made it even better. I highly recommend you read this book after it is released on April 14th!

The Lost Prince will be released on April 14th, 2015.

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Note: Inevitably, I have compared this to the Jack Blank Adventures. I can’t help it. I liked the Jack Blank Adventures better. I think that’s mostly because I loved Jack from the very beginning of those books, because those books had some of the best villains/challenges for the main character ever, and because they were about superheroes. I’ve always loved superheroes, and I just didn’t go into this book with that same love of pirates.

But make no mistake, I already love Seaborne.