“I may not have been born in the sea, but I was born to rule it. I am the daughter of the siren queen.”
*Warning* Spoilers ahead
I knew when going into Daughter of the Siren Queen, that I would love it. I loved the first book and expected to enjoy the sequel just as much, which ended up happening. They both got 4 stars as I have a few complaints, but overall, this was my favorite book I’ve read about sirens.
My favorite part about Daughter of the Pirate King was the relationship between Alosa and her father. The reader, and most of the characters, saw the Pirate King for who he was. However, Alosa justified his actions even though he was an awful father. The sequel satisfied my interest in their relationship as Alosa and her father had much more interactions with each other compared to the first book, and you saw firsthand the cruelty of the Pirate King. Alosa saw the truth behind her father and learned that he has been keeping her mother prisoner for Alosa’s entire life. The way her feelings developed for her father was the most interesting part of this. I love reading about characters and their relationship with their parents, and this is one of the most fascinating.
The relationship between Alosa and Riden was one of the other best parts of the book/series. He was always there for Alosa in her most vulnerable times but stood his ground when he rightfully should and I loved that about him. My favorite scene of the book was when told him that he was the only person who could reach her as a siren because she was in love with him. Their development throughout the series was one of the reasons that made me love the book as much as I did.
The side characters of the series were amazing. I’ve never seen a book with so many side characters where I felt that I knew them all. Most of the time, there are only a few that feel real and the others are one dimensional. This book, however, had an abundance of characters who all had distinct personality traits. I loved them as characters, but I still didn’t feel connected to any of them. I explained this more in my review of the first book (click here if you would like to read it).
The only other complaint I have is how fast things went in the beginning. Once Alosa found her mom, she immediately turned against her father. I understand why she did, but it all happened in the span of two sentences. The moment she laid eyes on her mother, she was against him. Considering that she has been loyal to him for 17 years, everything happened to quick. Even once her mother left her, she immediately hated her mother. Alosa didn’t even explain it. One second she loved her and then that changed in an instant. This was only one small part of the book, so I got over it quickly and didn’t keep me from enjoying the rest.
All in all, Tricia Levenseller wrote an amazing story about sirens and pirates. I am looking forward to reading more from her. The Shadows Between Us (a standalone novel she wrote) is on the top of my to-buy list. I’m sad to leave the world of Daughter of the Pirate King, but glad that it showed me how much I enjoy books about sirens and pirates.