#TheWriteReads #BlogTour Spotlight: Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar

Hi Everyone! This is my first ever spotlight post so please bear with me! I’ll take you through the blurb, about the author, and a few tour excerpts!

Aleja whiles away her days in her family’s dusty tavern in Seville, dreaming of distant lands and believing in the kind of magic that she’s only ever read about in books. After all, she’s always being told that girls can’t be explorers.

But her life is changed forever when adventure comes for her in the form of a fabled vessel called the Ship of Shadows. Crewed by a band of ruthless women, with cabin walls dripping with secrets, the ship has sailed right out of a legend. And it wants Aleja.

Once on board its shadowy deck, she begins to realize that the sea holds more secrets than she ever could have imagined. The crew are desperately seeking something, and their path will take them through treacherous waters and force them to confront nightmare creatures and pitch-dark magic. It will take all of Aleja’s strength and courage to gain the trust of her fellow pirates – and discover what they are risking everything to find.

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.

I really think The Ship of Shadows has made it to the list of one of my favorites of 2020 so far! I’ll definitely be rereading this one in the future.


This book is utterly enchanting and I couldn’t get enough of the sheer experience of reading it.


Books like this are so important to break down those barriers, that sadly still exist, from a young age but also to remind older generations that no matter who you are, you can be whoever you want to be.


Female pirates? Erm yes, please! I loved each and every one of the pirates we meet onboard The Ship of Shadows and each one had a unique personality trait that I fell in love with.


The story twists and turns adding details that enrich the plot rather than confuse it and create a storyline that once you get to the last page you can’t help but think: ‘I didn’t see that coming but I couldn’t imagine it happening any other way’.


If you’re interested in checking out The Ship of Shadows, order it on Amazon or from your favorite bookstore!

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