Secrets of the Stars (Ship of Shadows Book 2) by Maria Kuzniar – Blog Tour

A huge thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for organising this tour and to Maria Kuzniar and Puffin for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.



Excitement and wonder are in store for the pirates as they continue to their epic quest across the world. But time is running out, and as their quarry grows closer, so the perils of the sea grow ever greater . . .

Aleja and her fellow pirates are eager to embark on a new adventure to find the second piece of the missing magical map. But they soon find themselves panicking, bewildered by a series of confusing clues. And time is running out – fast.

When she starts experiencing strange visions, Aleja realizes that someone is trying to tell her something. But can this new knowledge be trusted? And what will it cost her to find out?

With the crew’s loyalties tested and more secrets to unlock than ever, Aleja must find a way to beat the clock and prove herself truly worthy of her place on the ship’s crew . . .

My Thoughts

I adored The Ship of Shadows so was over the moon when this tour landed in my inbox.  The cover alone is simply stunning and I’d grown so fond of the characters and settings in book 1, I couldn’t wait to dive into The Secrets of the Stars.

If you hadn’t already realised, The Secrets of the Stars is part of a series aimed at middle grade (8-12ish) but is such a fun read for adults too.  It manages to remain age appropriate but is never patronising and the language, description and characters are so vividly developed it’s so entertaining.

What’s better than a swashbuckling pirate adventure? A swashbuckling adventure where the pirate crew are a team of girls that’s what!  Aleja is now a crew mate on board The Ship of Shadows but is still working hard to prove her worth to the captain and the others.  She’s such a great character and I love how clever she is at solving puzzles.  The other crew members all bring something different to the team and as well as enjoying their adventures, I loved how their relationships evolved throughout.

On their adventures, the ship visits a variety of places, all brought to life by beautiful description.  For me, it was like backpacking on whirlwind tour of places and every sight, smell and sound was richly brought to life.        

This is such a fun story of adventure on the high seas but I cannot promise that you won’t spend the next few days wanting to be a pirate.  Highly recommended for children and adults alike.

Author Bio – Maria Kuzniar

Maria Kuzniar spent six years living in Spain, teaching English and travelling the world, which inspired her debut novel The Ship of Shadows. Now she lives in Nottingham with her husband, where she reads and writes as much as she can and bookstagrams at @cosyreads. She is always planning her next adventure.


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