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Sea of Darkness

(The Vampire Pirate Saga #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  529 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Working with a supernatural enemy is Kelia's only hope of solving her father's murder. But her investigation puts her own life in danger.

The Society’s sole purpose is to protect the general population from vicious Sea Shadows, and Kelia’s their top Slayer. But when her father is murdered and her handler insists it’s suicide, she starts to question whether The Society reall
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published May 10th 2018 by Evershade Publishing (first published April 13th 2018)
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Lucie V.
Sep 05, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: kindle-ebook
This book is free on Amazon today (11/03/2022). 🙂

Vampires AND pirates? Yes please.

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Leni Iversen
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
The plot is alright, but nothing special. The writing is... not great. Lots of tell instead of show. Constant internal monologues, even during action scenes, much of it repetitive information. And the budding romance between an undead centennial and an orphan teenager is just a bit icky to contemplate.
Belinda Vlasbaard
4 stars - English Ebook

Quote: " things, such as feelings.” He had not just implied her father was to blame for her mother’s death, had he? The man certainly had more tact than that.-

Quote: First he asked if maybe her father was sick, then he’d implied suicide. It was as if he was making this up as he went along. And the meeting, Kelia thought, forcing her face to be as blank as she could make it. How do you account for him asking to meet with me? -

I really enjoyed this book. It had a bit of e
Cali Jewel
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing, sexy, emotional, thrilling, dangerous, action packed adventure filled with half truths, dark secrets, betrayal and forbidden attraction. (my favorite)

Kelia Starling has grown up and trained for a life that is not entirely what it may seem (can she blindly trust what she is told?) Drew Knight by all accounts of her education growing up is the enemy, yet he is the only one helping her find the truth about her father?? Loved every heart pounding twist and turn in this exciting journey.
♦♣ queen of faerie ♠♥
A blend of dystopian and fantasy that delivered in some ways and not in others

It was nice to see the blend of dystopian and fantasy. The book includes vampires and Slayers but also organisations and the possible friendship and romance of people across these worlds. The plot was interesting at the start an had a good starting point. Keila is investigating the death of her father, who the Society has put down to suicide, but she doesn't believe it. A bit cliche, but a good starting point.

She enlis
Katherine B.
Sep 13, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-thanks
Look at me, writing a review as I finish a book instead of weeks or months later!

Well, it's not a good one. I was excited because I've read some of Rebecca Hamilton's books before, and they were so much fun! However, this book was... not.

Kelia is a Slayer. She kills Vampire Pirates (this should not be something that is taken so seriously, but there is zero humor in this book). That's her job. Then her father is murdered, she's told it's suicide, and she goes on a quest for the truth, meeting Dr
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sea of Darkness - a review by Rosemary Kenny

Unknown to her, Kelia Darling has a dark family secret that's about to change her life forever, in this epic fantasy adventure from Isadora Brown (aka Heather Myers).

Kelia's father Gregory, a scientist for the East India Company has created Sea Shadows and Infants - mutant humans, (mainly pirates or criminals) - to act as slaves for the ruling Shadow Society, in Port George in the Caribbean. Kelia is a trainee Sea Slayer/sword fighter, one of an elite
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!

I’ve mixed feelings about this book! It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either. I’ve never read a book that has vampire pirates so I really wanted to give this a shot. It has an interesting plot, but the problem was the story didn’t excite me that much. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read. Keira Starling is a top slayer who hunts sea shadows aka vampires. When her father dies mysteriously she strongly believes that his death is not a suicide but no one believes her, so
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think readers ages 14 and up would enjoy this one.
Kelia is the main character. She is training to be a slayer. Slayers did the world of Sea Shadows. Kelia has been taught that Sea Shadows are unfeeling, uncaring, unintelligent beasts who only have a thirst for blood. Keila's dad used to be a Slayer too, until one killed her mom, now her dad helps run the place. Sea Shadows are vampires who sail the waters because they burst into flames when their feet touch land, that's what Kelia has been tau
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but I have to admit that I liked it. This was a unique twist on vampires, and I always like something new. I enjoyed how well-written the book was, how intriguing the story line was to draw me in, and I really enjoyed the characters. One thing I will admit was that it did take me a little bit to get into the story. Once I did, it was a smooth ride, and I enjoyed myself to the end. If you like paranormal books with action, suspense, lies, intrigue, rom ...more
Lisa  Lyle
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kelia is a sea slayer and as always been told sea shadows all need to be killed. When her father is murder she as her work cut and and her maybe her perception changed in order to find out the truth she as to work with free knight the world's most beautiful sea shadow creature. What will she do go with what she's always been told and always feared or follow the truth to solve her father's murder. I loved this book it was really well written the characters are great story was brilliant definitely ...more
KaSondra Palomino
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An action packed page turner of pirates/vampires. What more could you ask for?
Great characters, well written.
Kelia grows up in a Society as a Slayer, when she returns from a mission her dad is awaiting her arrival acting strangely, and is supposed to meet up with her later unfortunately he dies and she is investigating realizing the world she grew up in is full of half truths when Drew Knight sparks her interest..
So goood. I NEED more..
Alma Conchas
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, when I started reading this book I wasn't sure if I would like this story because this is the first book I have read by this author, but wow she has blown me away with this story and I can't wait to read more of her books especially the next book in this series because I can't wait to find out what happens with Kelia and The Society will she find out what happened to her dad and also what is going to happen with Drew, will they get together? ...more
Belinda Clemons
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so unique. Kelia is a Sea Shadow slayer aka vampires of the sea. when her father dies she learns of secrets that will make her rethink what she is doing is right. While trying to find out the truth of the secrets she starts a journey of all journeys. That ending was really interesting and I can't wait to read book 2 ...more
Lila Lockhart
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires, fantasy, pirates
Really enjoyable read, with great characters and a lot of intrigue! Also, a very appealing romantic lead and plenty of chemistry!

My only dislike was that there was a fair bit of repetitive description (people are sure breathing through their nose a lot in this one).
Ola Adamska
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2018
This one was an intriguing read with not ordinary intake and vampires and slayers.
This book was surprisingly well written and made sure to keep the reader interested. Sometimes it felt like rushed and well some events were something that I found unbelievable or too shocking...
May 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Just not for me. The MC seems a lot younger than I think she is suppose to be. I was hoping for a strong independent kick butt fighter and I just don’t think she was.
Christina Rodriguez
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an imaginative world! Pirate Vampires, yes please! I love Kelia, Drew and the others and can't wait to see what secrets are revealed! Definitely give this book a try! ...more
Michelle Wyche
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is really good. It is a bit different then what I read but I love love this book. I enjoy how the vampire monster has his human side still. Would def recommend this
Cyrene Olson
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m a huge reader of the urban fantasy/paranormal genre. This is a good start to a new series. It wasn’t perfect and it has it’s issues, but it’s a good solid base that makes me want them to hurry the release of the second book, slated for August.

The good, the world building and the characters. I like Kelia, even though she has more growing up to do, in some ways, she’s beyond her years and others she is lacking. I loved Drew, he’s a strong character – and as Kelia learns, not the enemy she has
Elitta Ferguson
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. This book is full of adventure. I could not put it down. An unexpected partnership changes everything. Slayer Kelia Starling has grown up being told that Sea Shadows are vicious creatures that need to be killed. No exceptions. But when her father is murdered and her handler insists it’s suicide, she starts to question whether The Society really has her best interests at heart. Kelia must join forces with Drew Knight, an infamous Sea Shadow. After her affiliation with Drew Knigh ...more
Sue Wallace
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable read.

Sea of darkness by Isadora Brown.
A very enjoyable read with some great characters. I liked Kelia. Emma and Drew although they were vampires I did like them for how they treated Kelia. Didn't like Rycroft at all. Looking forward to the next book. 4*.
Mar 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
🎁 FREE on Amazon today (3/5/2019)! 🎁
Deb Barringer
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sea of Darkness, Isadora Brown's 1st book in The Vampire Pirate Saga series, brings us a whole new world away from the classic vampire scene. Vampires, known as Sea Shadows, battle for their lives against Slayers, those chosen by The Society to keep the world safe for humans. But The Society has secrets. All is not as it seems. What is the real truth? Who can you truly trust? The storyline is fast-paced and unique, filled with adventure, intrigue, betrayal and danger. The characters are endearin ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such an amazing book to start a series! Who could resist some pirates, especially vampire like pirates. Sea Shadows are like vampires. They also seem to blend in with the shadows as they move. The only place they can survive when the sun is up is on the sea. Kelia has trained all her life to slay them. The night she catches her first infant sea shadow, her father asks her to meet him regarding things he should’ve told her. Unfortunately, before she makes it to the meeting, he is found m ...more
Cookie Sams
Jul 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing
loved it

I loved reading this book. It was easy to follow and understand the setting. I was able to fall into the time period and the customs of the story. Can’t wait to start the second book.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, romance
A unique story that has me wanting more! I loved the adventure, intrigue, and possible romance! Looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
Lene Blackthorn
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Rebecca Hamilton's books and always look forward to read her new pieces. This one certainly did not disappoint.
Kelia was raised within the Society as a slayer, having only her father after her mother's death. Sent out on a dangerous mission, she manages to capture an Infant, recently turned Sea Shadow. Upon her return, her father acts strangely and asks for a meeting outside the Society fortress- but it never happens, and her father turns up dead, accused of suicide. Kelia, h
Christine Karmelreads2665 W.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I originally picked up the book because it was free but then a friend asked if I had read it. Told her truthfully that I hadn't but she asked me to do I agreed. I think she just wanted someone to talk about the book to.

Fulfilling my promise I have now finished the book. The authors are two that I like but was unsure of how their writing styles would mesh. In this book their styles came together very well. Maybe I am wrong but the character Drew seemed to have one of Isadora style while Kelia se
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was looking for pirate novels recently and I my library had this, so I read it.

Simply put, it's the book equivalent of a CW show. The characters are all sexy, the conflict is largely superficial, and the execution is fit for mainstream television. None of this bothers me. I figured the cover gave me a reasonable expectation for the novel. That said, there's no real payoff for anything.

There's no action, so it didn't scratch that itch. The "piracy" element is barely there set-dressing, so it di
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Isadora Brown loves all things dark, dangerous, and deadly. Things that go bump in the night and send shivers down backs are things she adores. She loves (and writes) sexy, forbidden romance, usually with some bite and a hint of magic. She is the author of The Somerset Series, The Dark Paradise Trilogy, The Stranger Trilogy, and The Neverland Trilogy.

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