Seafire by Natalie C. Parker feat. Emily Skrutskie

Today we chat about Seafire by Natalie C. Parker, with YA author Emily Skrutskie. Seafire has kick-ass lady pirates, and tons of action. What’s not to love? (Transcript)



In today’s episode…


In Natalie C. Parker’s new book, Seafire, we are brought into a world where the seas and colonies are under the control of a brutal warlord. The protagonist Caledonia Styx leads her all-female crew in raids against his fleet. When her second in command shows mercy to a single enemy sailor whom she claimed saves her life Caledonia is forced to choose between everything she’s ever believed about the enemy, and trusting her own crew.


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Episode highlights… 



*1:47 Emily’s first two novels, The Abyss Surrounds Us and The Edge of the Abyss, are also about pirates. Yay, pirates!

*3:50 Stand-alone vs. series, and behind the scenes of Hullmetal Girls

*9:11 We talk about our favorite characters


Things We Like a Latte


Danielle – The cooperative game, Forbidden Island


Emily – The Murderbot series of novellas by Martha Wells, the most recent of which is All Systems Red


Amanda – The language learning app, Babbel


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*16:21 We talk about the setting, and whether or not it captured the feeling of naval life

*18:41 “Let’s go gay!” We talk about the LGBTQ+ representation in this book, Emily shares an authors perspective on trying to get diverse storylines accepted by publishers.

*22:41 We call back to our Children of Blood and Bone episode, and our love of Avatar: The Last Airbender

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More ideas and resources for teachers and librarians…

Seafire is very fun and action packed read, and it would be a great opportunity for students to engage their imaginations. One way to explore the narrative would be to have have students think about ‘what ifs’ or alternate endings. Check out Danielle’s blog post about Creative Reading Task Cards for some ideas on how to incorporate that concept into you ELA classroom.


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Hosts: Danielle Hall (who blogs at

          & Amanda Thrasher (a booklover extraordinaire)


Guests: Emily Skrutskie, YA author

Producer: Leila Hobbs

Music: Matt McCammon


Many thanks to Razorbill Publishing for the review copy!

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