‘Daughter of the Siren Queen’ by Tricia Levenseller was deceptively good.
Synopsis: After acquiring the third and final map piece to treasure guarded by Sirens, Alosa delivers it to her father, the Pirate King. However, the truth of her mother comes to light in an unexpected way and soon Alosa finds herself in a race against the Pirate King to find the treasure. With Riden now a member of her crew, finding the balance between human and Siren has become a test in trust and lessons are few, especially with the King constantly on their tail.
For some reason, and I don’t know what it is, I found Alosa to be more mature in this book. I didn’t find her bragging about her abilities/skills too much and she just came across as a grown character. Perhaps it’s because the focus of this book was different to the first. There was a lot more at stake, a lot more grief to hold her ego in check. Alosa was a strong character to being with but she really excelled here, she drove the plot well.
I know this isn’t classed as a romance but I would’ve loved to have seen more of Riden. Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of pages dedicated to the interactions between Alosa and Riden but I just felt that there wasn’t enough. I liked how Riden kept Alosa sane through her transformations and if there was a third book (sadly it’s a duology), I have hope that Riden wouldn’t need to worry about Alosa using her Siren abilities on him due to what we learn about her father in this book. Some of Riden’s actions didn’t seem to have much weight behind them and so I found his irrationality irritating at times but no relationship is perfect.
The direction this story went in pleased me more than I imagined it would. I didn’t have a clue at how this book would play out and conclude (I hardly ever read descriptions anymore) and I found it all to be a natural progression both in storyline and character developments. The sirens were a real highlight and more time with them would have been amazing. Speaking of sirens, the revelations in this book were Gossip Girl worthy and I loved it all. Alosa’s crew were heavily developed in this one and I enjoyed learning about the way Alosa picked up some of her crew. I am also willing to admit that I have a very sweet spot for little Roslyn. Her scare practically stopped my heart and I can totally see another book a few years in the future focusing on her.
Overall, I can honestly say that I loved this book. I didn’t enjoy the first one as much and I’m wondering if I should read them both again back to back and see if I would get the same feelings. There was serious debate about whether to buy this book and I’m so glad I did! Much better than the first but I’m sad that it’s also the last. Dammit.
“Your enchantments last long after your song fades.”
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