In this dark fantasy adventure with a diverse cast, Lesbian/Queer Cassandra Leung trains sea monsters. She is caught by pirates and forced to help pirate Santa Elana imprint a sea monster pup as she falls in love with Swift. The relationship is enemies-to-friends and explores power dynamics.
Cas has fought pirates her entire life. But can she survive living among them?
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 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-time trainer seems dead in the water.
There’s no time to mourn. 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, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia
Cis girls: Cas, Swift (side character)
Lesbian/Queer: Cas, Swift
Not mentioned in the book. Presumed to be the same as the characters’ sexual orientation.
Asian American: Cas