“Your enchantments last long after your song fades.”
Daughter of the Siren Queen is the sequel to Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King (warning, there’s spoilers here for the first!).
Alosa and her crew (including Riden) now have all three pieces of the map to the hidden treasure on the siren’s island. They return to the Pirate King’s Keep in preparation of Alosa journeying to the island with her father, the Pirate King, to claim the treasure. But, Vordan exposes information to Alosa regarding her father, turning her world upside down. It becomes a race between Alosa and her father for the treasure.
I enjoyed this book equally or slightly better than the first. Alosa’s crew of women pirates were varied in their background and personalities, but equally loyal and fierce.
There was so much action both on land and at sea—pirates at their best.
“Riden is up in the rigging, fiddling with the sails. He’s barefoot, shirtless, and he’s gone a few days without shaving. Holy hell. I’m staring. I know it, but I can’t seem to stop.
“I could get used to warm weather,” Niridia says from next to me. “Won’t exactly make everyone smell nice, but the view is vastly improved.”
I should have a clever response, but all I can manage is “Aye.”
Riden becomes part of Alosa’s crew (the other women don’t seem to mind at all!). Alosa and Riden have much to work through after the events of the first book. Plus, being the captain/crew member provides some awkward moments, especially in times of brokenness.
The events of this book continuously have Alosa in a state of questioning her life so far and her choices. She is constantly overwhelmed and having to make decisions in the moment. This makes the developing relationship between her and Riden stormy, but he is invaluable for her.
“I need this in order to protect my crew. I need to learn to restock my abilities without losing my mind. I need to submerge myself in water without turning into a mindless beast. I need you to help me.”
Alosa is as intense and commanding as ever, but as she questions her life, she shows her vulnerability. She wrestles with her human and siren natures, which provides significant developments in the story and growth of characters.
The siren community is magical and peaceful (when they aren’t luring sailors to their deaths). I’d love to live there. It was lovely to be able to explore this part of their world and for Alosa to meet others of her kind.
I would have liked extra scenes delving into Alosa’s crew to know them better, even Riden in this book. But, I was still carried along with both the heartbreaks and heartwarming events. Alosa and her crew are put through so much, it’s devastating.
This duology is a must-read for pirate or fantasy lovers. It’s definitely one I’ll be rereading. Enjoy!
“He holds the canteen out to me, and I take a sniff. It’s water. “She dumped all of my flasks into the sea while I slept,” Kearan says. “Didn’t realize she cared so much.”
Read: December 2019