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The Maiden Ship

(The Maiden Ship #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  312 ratings  ·  126 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published February 7th 2020 by Whimsical Publishing
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Oh, I quite enjoyed this one!!

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 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Micheline Ryckman
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
My firstborn was only three months old when I developed the story of The Maiden Ship. That was twenty-one years ago. The book didn’t get far back then because the demands of a new marriage, a new child, and so many other life callings forced me to set the story aside. It wasn’t until 2018 that I revisited The Maiden Ship. And that decision was brought on by several major life events: a mix of chronic health struggles, my firstborn leaving home for college (don’t let anyone ever tell you it’s eas ...more
Bryn Riplinger-Shutt
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
I think the best summation of this book is simply, "absolutely enjoyable." There's nothing more satisfying then a rich mix of action, humor, mystery, brilliant characters and heart-warming moments.

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
Open Books And Turn Pages
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you love magic, mystery, and adventure with a pinch of romance, then you will love The Maiden Ship!

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
Chiara | _ckarys
I am enchanted by The Maiden Ship. There is simply no other way to put it. Having gotten to know the author through social media, and knowing the history behind each word on these pages made the reading experience all the more lovely, and I could see pieces of Micheline’s soul in every sentence.

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
Maria Elena | _mkarys
The Maiden Ship is an absolutely beautiful book, inside and out. I’m kind of cursing myself for taking so long for picking this up, but I’m very glad I did. Micheline is a wonderful person, a talented artist and now I know she’s also an incredible writer! Her prose was wonderful, her descriptions flawless and her characters were impossible not to love.

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
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read this debut novel and I have to say I enjoyed every minute of it and it was a great debut!

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
Cait | GoodeyReads
Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own!



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
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars.

"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
Jaileen DeLay
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! That is the first word that comes to mind after finishing this book. I will admit going into it I didn't know much about the story but I was hooked from the very beginning. The characters were extremely likable (Mo being my favorite) and the pacing was perfect. The way the story flowed made me not want to put it down! Its a beautiful story about magic and finding ones true place in life. I absolutely loved it. I can not wait to see how Dain's story will continue. ...more
Christina (Letswookieswin)
Holy moly mackerel that ending!! I became suspicious and then my suspicion was confirmed. What a delicious twist! I need the sequel like... now. This was SO good!!! This story was so captivating and I NEED 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
Selina R Gonzalez
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up to 4

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
Violet Stone
So this was a book I neither loved nor hated. It was a good middle. Better than some other books I've given 3 stars to, thus, 3.5 rounded up.

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
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the pacing of this novel. It wasn't too fast or too slow, it was just right and always held your interest. It was the perfect blend of action, humour, cuteness, and adventure. It fits its genre well, easily enjoyed by teens through to adults. I loved the world building, it was vivid and engaging. I honestly couldn't put the book down. I can't wait for the sequel, and this one isn't even released until February 7th 2020!!
I received and ARC copy from the publisher in return for an honest r
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
3.75 stars/5 stars
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 🖤🖤🖤
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book, and I really enjoyed it! This novel has a nice brisk pace that keeps you interested and reading, but still gives you time to absorb everything going on. The plot was also very well thought out, and I loved the dynamics of the crew aboard The Maiden.

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
Sahana Ramnath
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you like reading YA fantasy/magic/adventures on sea, this book is a must read!
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! ❤️
Scroll down for my blurb on the book!

🔱 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
Savannah  Phachomphon
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book! It was a little slow for me at first, but once the story picked up it was so interesting and unique. I didn't expect door there to be magic, but was pleasantly surprised when it showed up and I can't wait to learn more about how the magic works and to see the characters grow and learn to use it. I really enjoyed Dain and Sable and the rest of the crew and the family they built. I can't wait until the second book comes out! ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
What’s better than reading an author’s debut novel? Nothing. Absolutely nothing!

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
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020

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.

Sydney Piepgrass
It's nice to read a classic fantasy story sometimes - it's got the magic, the villains and the world-building that makes a good fantasy story. I love the huge cast of characters (all of which are totally loveable, especially since the author has amazing art of them on her instagram) and the ship setting. The plot is simple but exciting and well-paced, the cover art is gorgeous and Dain is such a sweet and nuanced protagonist. I cannot wait to get more :)

Kayla McGrath
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Magical and artful, THE MAIDEN SHIP will sweep you up in a tidal wave of intrigue and splendour.

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
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic!! I’ve been in the mood for a good sailor story, and this certainly satisfied that craving! The ending is SOOOOO GOOD!!! I can hardly wait for the second book! Dain is such a lovable, believable protagonist, and I aspire to be as strong and level-headed as Sable! I also fell head over heels for the crew of The Maiden, Ileana, and The Maiden herself. Micheline has some awesome world building skills, which really enriches the story! It felt familiar, yet fantastical at the same time, whi ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!!! Especially the second half...I did NOT see that coming. Only complaint is that I wish it was longer: I'm now desperately waiting for #2! ...more
Rae Graham
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great blend of adventure and heartwarming scenes with perfect pacing and amazing characters. I especially love Mo and Sable. And that twist ending! I mean I was expecting something but not THAT. Can't wait for the next book! ...more
Naomi Bowen
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
A fantastic debut novel for one of my favourite artists!

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
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Ryckman's debut novel was a fun read, her world is super interesting and definitely something I would want to learn more about! I thought the character interactions could be flushed out more so it will be nice for them to be explored in a sequel! Excited to see how Ryckman develops as an author. ...more
Alice Dobrinsky
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an advanced readers copy of this book, and I absolutely adored it. And by that I mean I finished it in a little over a day. It was exciting, well paced, and I loved the characters. Dain is such a good protagonist, and so different from the usual male main in YA books, I loved him right away. The world-building is beautifully done, with little details cast in throughout, so there’s a gorgeous world you feel like you know, but not a lot spent on exposition so you can get ...more
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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

Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I can't believe this is a debut novel. It's very well-written and it kept me glued to the page non-stop.

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
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Artist, illustrator, author, book lover. Illustrator for the graphic novel Charting Stars, and author of the YA fantasy adventure, The Maiden Ship.

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

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