For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She's been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the giant, genetically engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas's first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas's dream of being a full-rime trainer seems dead in the water.
Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup and teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea. But Cas has fought pirates her entire life. And she doesn't intend to stop.
I had requested to review this book from Netgalley, but they didn't give me a copy to review, which made me sad. So I got it from my library.
When the pirates attack Cas's ship, Durga, her Reckoner in training, is sick and dies when the pirates shoot her. It's a very sad, emotional scene for Cas, since it seems as if they had an unbreakable bond before the book started. Then she's kidnapped by the pirates and is forced to train a stolen Reckoner, Bao, with her training talents. Later on in the book she gains the friendship of Swift, the girl who oversees the training process. Then at the end Cas decides to join the pirates.
It was pretty good, actually. But it wasn't as good as I thought it would be.
My Rating: 3 stars