The Maiden Ship
The events that unfold after her appearance ...more
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This beautiful edition came special and I got this free bookmark through a company I buy bookmarks through (will link later). Book has sprayed edges and art under dust jacket!
Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 ...more
The Maiden Ship had all this and more. Ryckman has created a completely unique world with a past, present and future rife with secrets, lost knowledge, dark villains and hearty heroes (can I get more of Mo, please?).
While The Maiden Ship itself is a complete story, I feel like our toes have barely go ...more
The pacing was perfect, the world building was great, and the characters were very lovable.
I really loved Dain and Sable but I think Mo is my favorite character. He was like a big wise teddy bear!
This was a great and enjoyable read! I can't wait to read where the story goes next in the next book!
This book was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 and I'm very thankful to Micheline Ryckman fo ...more
The author is an artist, and that translated beautifully into her prose. The Maiden Ship reminded me of a storybook from a fairytale, where every sentence is filled with imagery and every word brings you ...more
Reading this book made me very emotional and nostalgic of a story my sister and I were writing a few years ago. We finished it, and then we decide ...more
We follow Dain Alloway aboard his father's merchant vessel, The Maiden. Dain has always wanted to escape his life at sea and has a plan intact to do just that when one night something magical happens that just might derail those plans and change Dain's perspective of the world he lives in forever....
High sea adventure, magic, self discovery, heartwarming friendships and romance are a ...more
I WANT TO BE ON THE MAIDEN SHIP.
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I really enjoyed this fantasy tale. It has whimsy, mystery, romance, and so much more. For a first book in a series it definitely kept me intrigued and interested in where this story goes next.
These characters were all amazing and so well thought out. I felt that by the end I had a good grasp of everyone and love them all. I liked the unique personalities ...more
"My mother died long ago. The only family I have now are people you see here behind me, and those who are waiting back on The Maiden."
This was delightful.
If you don't already know, I am a massive fan of nautical fantasy, adding a little magic, mystery, wooden princess, flushed out characters and found family? Nothing could go wrong with that.
I also loved the representation of women in this, you don't have to be always badass and cutthroat to get respect and love.
The rom ...more
What a truly remarkable tale this debut novel tells. I could have easily read it in one day if pesky adulting hadn't gotten in the way. The story flowed effortlessly and I was instantly captivated by Dain and his story. I seriously love *almost* every character. (She knows who she is and ...more
This is a fascinating fantasy world with some interesting characters and an intriguing magic system.
I did find this a bit slow, and didn't find the characters very emotionally compelling for about half of the book. There's a lot of backstory (granted, pretty cool backstory) and worldbuilding and setup and very little action. But I hear the next one has more action, and I'm hoping that with the backstory and world setup mostly done, the next book(s) will be more engaging ...more
Dain's mother passed away when he was 9 and his father then decided to sail from port to port. Dain hates being confined on the ship, hates fish, he wants freedom and a home with a family.
When he's finally old enough to leave the ship his father stops him. That very night his father is murdered. Now Captain, Dain isn't leaving the ship anytime soon. A myst ...more
I received and ARC copy from the publisher in return for an honest r ...more
Oh I loved this book. I've got no words. Micheline did an amazing job as a writer,and I so badly want to be on The Maiden Ship!!!
****I'm not giving it a higher rating because these days I'm mindful about giving away 5 stars****
Show this book the love it deserves sjkskd 🖤🖤🖤 ...more
This was a debut novel, and although it’s well done, there are still parts where you can tell it’s the author’s first novel. I noticed that was particularly evident in the dialogue at some parts, and the ...more
I found Micheline on booksta. Her art was so beautiful that I kind of instinctively knew that her book would be amazing as well! I made a sudden decision to buy this ebook, and well, I absolutely loved it! ❤️
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🔱 Dain Alloway was only nine years old when his life was turned upside down. He had to leave behind his life in the city, and travel the seas with his father on their newly ...more
I loved The Maiden Ship. It was such a refreshing fantasy read that is different than what is currently out there. It’s the story of Dain, a sailor who soon finds out that magic and family are very different than what he currently believes. The pace of story is perfect, nothing is drawn out and overdone while the world building is amazing! I’d love to know more about the realm of The Four Kingdoms that Ryckman has c ...more
I don’t like books with prologue because I know I won’t like them. And I did think I will not like this book. To be honest, I’m more confused when anything else. I thought this book was a standalone but apparently, it’s not since a lot of things have yet to be resolved.
Its my first "pirates" book and I understand why i don’t read them often, they’re just too hard to read. The way of talking is just weird for me since English is not my first language.
I’ve been a fan of Micheline Ryckman’s art for some time now and I’ve watched her writing journey progress through each post, becoming more and more excited. Normally when I read I imagine the characters and story as real world people, but in this case I imagined the whole novel with Ryckman’s artwork.
Full of an irresistible cast of characters, the promise of lush world building, and a cliffhanger tha ...more
It's really something when you can tell that an author truly LOVES her book - and I could feel that love while reading this book.
The characters are brilliant and so fun to read. The protagonist, Dain, is by no means perfect- which makes him come to life all the more. All the others- Sable, Mo and Toff etc. - also great.
The plot felt a little complex at times and I couldn't always understand what was going on (To be fair, that could be my at ...more
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 b...more
I have read a fair share of stories that have this type of setting: mysterious parents, the discovery of hidden magical powers, being on a ship with a crew and swords and ships and magical beings that are chasing after you, etc.
What made me love this story was Dain Alloway. He is such a sweet, caring, flawed young man and I felt for him. He does have the hero-type-complex, but it's very subtle ...more
Micheline Ryckman lives with her family on a farm in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. She is co-owner of Whimsical Publishing, and an accomplished artist/illustrator in multiple mediums. The Maiden Ship is her debut novel, the first a trilogy. The se ...more
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Dain shook his little head.
Soft waxen curls blew forward in the breeze as she lifted her storm-gray eyes to gaze out over the sea of petals. “Wildflowers are the loveliest of all because they grow in uncultivated soil, in those hard, rugged places where no one expects them to flourish. They are resilient in ways a garden bloom could never be. People are the same, son—the most exquisite souls are those who survive where others cannot. They root themselves, along with their companions, wherever they are, and they thrive.”