“Everyone has something dark in their past. I suppose it’s our job to overcome it. And if we can’t overcome it, then all we can do is make the most of it.”
*Warning* Spoilers ahead
I have seen Daughter of the Pirate King all over Tik Tok (where I get a lot of book recommendations now…) and have been looking forward to reading it. I have been interested to read about pirates and sirens, and this book delivered. It was a great 4-star read and I am looking forward to the sequel.
My favorite part of this book was the relationship between Alosa and her father, the Pirate King. Even though there wasn’t a lot of interactions between the two, Alosa talks/thinks about him and the way he treats her a lot. He may have made her as strong, but the way he did it (especially to his daughter) was awful. They reminded me of Celeana and Arobynn’s relationship in the Throne of Glass series, which was not a great one. Vordan may have been an awful person, but what he said about Alosa’s dad and his motives for keeping her around because she was a siren, was completely true. I can’t wait to see how their relationship pans out in the sequel.
The concept of this story was incredibly fascinating and the execution was just as good. I love that she was a prisoner, but on her own terms. Alosa always knew what she was doing when she was Draxen’s prisoner and was always prepared. I envy her character. By the end when she was an actual prisoner under Vordan, it was something I didn’t expect, but glad we got. The romance that started was a fun side plot, especially when she was Vordan’s prisoner and followed him to protect Riden.
I’m excited to see what happens now that Draxen and his crew are Alosa’s prisoners now. As Michael Scott would say, “Well, well, well. How the turntables.” I’m especially excited to see what Riden is hiding and learn more about him and Alosa.
The only part of the book that I didn’t like and the reason I gave it 4 stars was that I couldn’t relate to the characters. This is much more of a personal problem than a problem with the writing, but there wasn’t much about Alosa that I could personally relate to. She is clever, cunning, and very resourceful. I’m none of those and because of that, it was hard to get attached to her or any of the other slippery pirates. However, just because I couldn’t relate to them, that doesn’t mean I didn’t like them. Alosa and Riden were great characters and were fascinating to read about.
Overall, Daughter of the Pirate by Tricia Levenseller was a great read and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next. I want to see what happens with with Draxen under Alosa’s control, the relationship between Alosa and Riden, and the relationship between Alosa and her father.