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The Ship of Shadows (Paperback)
  • The Ship of Shadows (Paperback)

The Ship of Shadows (Paperback)

Paperback 336 Pages
Published: 16/07/2020
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Waterstones Says

A swashbuckling feminist take on the pirate adventure yarn, Kuzniar’s fantastical tale is packed full of incident and excitement. Boarding a legendary ship crewed by a gang of hardened female pirates, young Aleja is in for some heart-pounding suspense and action.  

Aleja is a dreamer who longs for a life of magic and adventure. So when a mysterious ship arrives in her Spanish harbour city, crewed by a band of ruthless women, Aleja knows it's sailed right out of a legend.

And it wants her.

But life aboard the Ship of Shadows is more than even she bargained for. It will take all of Aleja's strength and skill to gain the trust of her fellow pirates - and discover what they are risking everything to find . . .

A sweeping, sparkling debut that will delight fans of The Polar Bear Explorer's Club and The Girl of Ink and Stars.

Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
ISBN: 9780241372913
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


'A feast for the imagination . . . an enthralling adventure.' - Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song

'This swashbuckling tale has it all - storms in jars, magic kraken bells, lost cities and a truly unique pirate ship. I loved it.' - Alex Bell, author of .The Polar Bear Explorers' Club

'You'll feel like you've travelled the world with Maria Kuzniar's immersive writing and engaging characters. . . Thrilling, exciting and intriguing and I can't wait for the next instalment!' - Rhiannon, Waterstones bookseller

'Vibrant, fast-paced and full of exciting ideas. Looking forward to the next adventure.' - Jo B, Bookseller

'An excellent adventure that is sure to steal the hearts of many young readers. The cover is just as lovely as the story inside.' - Nicole B, Netgalley reviewer

'This incredible adventure has everything! A crew of fierce female pirates, treasure to be found, magic and a journey to a lost city. Myths, legends, hopes, dreams, family and friendship and finally feeling as though you belong. I want to belong to the family on The Ship of Shadows.' - Erin H, Librarian

'I loved every moment of it and already can't wait for the next in the series.' - John M, Netgalley reviewer

'I loved getting to know the characters in the book as they travel land and sea on their adventures. It is brilliantly written by Maria Kuzniar. This is a book for everyone who has dreams and is determined to follow them.' - Donna R, Netgalley reviewer

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Gavin Hetherington

“Buy the Book or Walk the Plank!”

Hear ye! Hear ye! This is the best pirate book I've ever read. Period.

Aleja has always dreamed of being an explorer, so when the fabled Ship of Shadows docks in her home town, she is suddenly whisked away on an... More

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“Female pirates roam the seas....”

This was the perfect escapist book and feels like it was plucked right from my dreams. A women-led pirate ship filled with magic and adventure - what could be better than that?

You’ll feel like you’ve travelled the... More

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Ship of Shadows was a fantastic book based around female pirates. I just adored the characters; especially the friendship between Aleja and Frances and the plot was written so well. I had to put this book down for a... More

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