To say that Azure Brine is at odds with her father would be an understatement. A new governor has emerged in the League of Islands, and her father has completely bought in to his “Humans First” rhetoric, pushing their once-strong relationship to the breaking point. Their connection is truly put to the test when her father decides to join the governor’s ship on a voyage to the Capitol Isles for the inauguration. But when Azure learns the governor has nefarious plans for the islands, and that her father is in danger, she and her best friend (a foul-mouthed bird named Robin) set out across the archipelago to save him.
Along the way they meet a reanimated skeleton with confidence issues, a group of pirates who just want to sing and have adventures, and…a dragon.
A special thank you to K.R.R. Lockhaven for sending me a review copy and Escapist Book Tours for putting this whole thing together. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
It’s very hard, as someone who resides in America, not to see the parallels in this story and the past few years, politically. Although the book does lean in one direction, it is a story of learning to compromise and that love is stronger than politics.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, a story is only as good as it’s characters and Lockhaven delivers. Azure is an instantly lovable main character, full of personality and a no-shit-attitude. Her relationship with her father is the heart of this tale. Their struggles to reconcile their differing political opinions propels the narrative into spectacular, uncharted waters.
While on her journey, Azure collects quite the ragtag group of companions including a cursed skeleton, a foul-mouth bird, some nice pirates…sorry, marauders, and a certain dragon who has the greatest hoard in all the multiverse, sorry not sorry Smaug.
The Marauders, The Daughter, and The Dragon is not only an excellent book title, it’s a fucking excellent book. Whimsical, satirical, but never farcical, Lockhaven walks a tight rope of family drama and Terry Pratchett-esque satire like Dick Grayson.