Book Reviews

Book Review: The Maiden Ship by Micheline Ryckman

Title: The Maiden Ship
Author: Micheline Ryckman
Publish: February 07, 2020
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dain Alloway was only nine years old when he began a new life with his father, sailing aboard The Maiden. Eight years later, the aristocratic city-boy turned merchant-sailor feels like he lives with one foot on land, and one foot in the sea. Life floats smoothly by until the night he wakes to find a mysterious woman in his cabin.

The events that unfold after her appearance transform Dain’s world. Now, hunted by empty-faced demons, he finds himself thrown into a dangerous web of intrigue and magic. As the crisis grows, the young sailor discovers powerful gifts buried deep within, talents that might shift the tide of a centuries-old war. Whether or not he’s ready, Dain will have to risk it all for the salvation and freedom of those he loves.

This book review is really late 😅😭 I am sorry 🙈 life just had a way to get me distracted or just make me postpone my personal projects. Okay now that I released that, let’s go on to the review.

Hello bookdragons. It’s been a while since my last book review. I blame my distractions from my TBR is the Webnovels and webtoons I read these past few months. And I keep discovering more 😅😫 anyways this book has been a long anticipation.

Like literally the wait is over. I try not to be bias on my review because the author is a good friend of mine and an amazing artist with a heart of gold. And she deserves everything good the world has to offer because she is so nice (Maybe all Canadians are nice or I just met the nice ones).

Been following her even before she gained a huge following, our friendship started when I one a giveaway art from her sketchbook. She DMed me that I won, I am totally out of luck when it comes to giveaways, and after that we a exchange DMs and I gave her some art ideas when she asked and a friendship had bloomed.

Okay let’s really get on to this review 😆 I will me this spoiler free as possible 😉

It’s different form the typical “adventure at sea” trope…

I have watched and read a fair share sea, ship or pirate related tropes in my life. Like the adventures of sinbad or the pirates of the Caribbean or the typical hot sea adventure romance novels. The Maiden Ship has it’s own unique flare. I read a few YA books that are in the point of view of a guy because these days it’s always the main female character’s perspective. So it’s refreshing to read in a the main male character’s.

The world building and how the author gives the information of the lore as the story flows without making it sound boring is amazing for me. I usually skip if it gets boring but the lore is important in a fantasy world right? And I love the pace and flow of the world building in the story. The dialogue between characters in the first half is quite enjoyable for me and it makes me get to know the characters more.

Another thing that I also like in this book that it has it’s own ballads written. I only encounter a handful of fantasy books where the author had written the ballads for the lore of their story. In my opinion it makes the lore more “authentic” if you get me. I do wish I can hear how this is sung because I tried but I am so bad at it 🤣 I blame the Witcher show because damn Jaskier medieval ballads sound so catchy 😆😆😆


I already fell in love with the characters even before the book was released. If you didn’t know, the author is an amazing artist. She painted all the principal characters in this book. So we, her followers, get a glimpse of these amazing characters even before we read about them, and it’s easy to picture them out because we already have first hand knowledge on what they look like.

Reading the book I get to know more of them. Their backstory, personalities and a lot more. I love Dain and Sable are have a connection and also they’re not the Mary Sue type. I have my fare share of Mary Sues in fantasy books and it’s quite annoying sometimes. All characters has balance, flaws and all and character development. 👌🏼👍🏼

Mo and Old Toff are my favorite secondary/side characters in this book. I highlighted a few quotes of them in my kindle. I just love the wisdom that Old Toff has and I also learned a few words of wisdom from Mo. He is such a lovable character.


I love The Maiden Ship not because it’s a good book to read or written by a friend but the backstory on why the she wrote this book and at the same time witnessing her growth in her art and her writing process makes the wait worth while and reading the book even more sentimental, in my case.

This book is a good read if you’re in the mood for a good adventure because it definitely feels like one as I read along. With all the mysteries, secrets, magic and you get to set sail on a ship like Sinbad or like Tulio and Miguel looking for El dorado. Yes I have to add a little movie reference 😅

I can’t wait for the sequel. The ending was daaaaaaaaammmmmnnnnn ma’am we need the next book soon.

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