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YA Fantasy Audiobook Review: Princess at Sea by Dawn Cook

Princess at Sea by Dawn Cook (Princess #2)

Audiocopy thanks to Audible US

Synopsis from Goodreads
One day Tess was the crown princess of Costenopolie, and the next she discovered she was a beggar's child, reared as a decoy to keep the real princess safe from assassins. But Tess's flair for politics, self-defense, and shopping—and her recently discovered magical powers thwarted the kingdom's enemies and restored the real princess to the throne.

Now, she dons an ambassador's robe to help Costenopolie put its best foot forward—and to keep the newly crowned queen from tripping over her own...

Assigned to chaperone Queen Contessa and her new husband on their honeymoon voyage, Tess spends more time playing referee between the temperamental pair. Before another battle royal can erupt, a storm forces the ship to drop anchor where another vessel is similarly stranded—and Tess finds her heart stranded between a roguish cardsharp and a disturbingly attractive army captain.

But Tess's potential suitors are the least of her worries. The crew of the neighboring anchored ship reveal themselves to be pirates and abduct the royal couple for ransom—unaware that Tess's magic is the real treasure in their midst...

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I don't know what is it about this series I like so much.

It feels immature, Tess does like to blame herself for absolutely everything that goes wrong, she is so sure of her own importance and her mission...And yet, she is plucky and stubborn,and comes up with interesting solutions to her problems, but it's like she is not using her brain, she is almost like a savant, intuitively feels it instead of thinking it through.

There is even more adventure and heartbreak in Princess at Sea, than in the first book. Tess, appointed as an ambassador, accompanies her sister and her new husband on their sea voyage, when they are captured by pirates and held for ransom.

However, the pirates don't believe that Tess has any value and aren't interested in keeping her alive. As a revenge for killing some of their comrades in battle Tess is thrown into a pit with an animal which just happens to be a punta - the same animal that gives Players their magical abilities.
She barely survives the encounter, but her body is full of poison which makes her moods and magic highly volatile. Still, Tess is determined to persevere and save everyone, and Jack, whose tasks are the same, becomes her unwilling but formidable partner in this.

The pirates are bloodthirsty, the shipwrecks are fearsome, the sea battles are ferocious, there are powerful storms and unexpected, heart wrenching treachery. This book tests Tess's mettle and I truly felt for her. The ending is surprisingly lovely, and I am totally looking forward to the next book in this series.

Easy listen, YA fantasy full of adventure with an occasionally annoying heroine. Recommended.

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Я не знаю, почему мне так нравится эта серия.*пожимая плечами*

Тэсс - героиня незрелая и часто взваливает вину за всё происходящее на свои плечи, уверенная  важности своей миссии.. что раздражает. Однако она смекалиста, упряма и часто находит уникальные выходы из ситуаций интуитивно вместо того, чтобы сесть и хорошенько всё продумать.

В Принцессе на Морях вы найдёте ещё больше приключений и разбитых сердец, чем в книге первой, так что крепитесь.

Тэсс назначена послом Констинополи в Мисдев и сопровождает свою сестру-королеву с её новоиспечённым супругом Алексом в морскую прогулку,  когда их корабль захватывают пираты. 

За королевскую пару  востребован выкуп, однако Тэсс в него не включена. Вместо этого пираты, жаждущие мести за убитых Тэсс товарищей бросают её в яму с опасным животным, которым оказывает пунта - тот самый зверь, яд которого придаёт Игрокам их магические возможности.

Тэсс выживает, однако её тело настолько напичкано ядом и её магия так нестабильна, что она опасна для всех её окружающих. И всё же она не сдаётся и пытается создать возможность побега для Контессы и Алекса. В этом её желания сходны с целями Джэка, который становится её невольным партнёром.

Готовьтесь к кровожадным пиратам, кораблекрушениям, кровавым битвам, опасным штормам и  неожиданному предательству. Тэсс приходится в этой книге очень нелегко, и мне было её очень жаль.

Концовка неожиданно мила, и я с нетерением ожидаю что же случится в книге следующей. Несмотря на местами радражающую героиню, слушается легко, рекомендую.

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