Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller – REVIEW
Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.
When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.
“The sea enfolds me into the world’s most gentle caress. I am one of her own, and she missed me during my long absence. And, oh, how I missed her.”
I seem to have total book review block at the moment (that’s a thing, right?) so I’m trying to get caught up with my backlog. Since Daughter of the Siren Queen is basically going to be me fangirling for a few paragraphs, I thought I’d start with that one. I read Daughter of the Pirate King for the first time in February (see my review here) after seeing a lot of great reviews on Twitter, Litsy and Goodreads. I gave it 4 stars and preordered the sequel without a second thought. I absolutely adored DOTSQ and the writing style has definitely improved. There was none of the repetition and exposition I found a little tiresome in the first book. The action-packed opening chapter hooked me immediately and I loved reading about Alosa again. It was great to see she was as wily and skilled as ever, and she’s definitely one of my newest favourite book characters.
“I may not have been born in the sea, but I was born to rule it. I am the daughter of the siren queen.”
One of my favourite aspects of this series is Alosa’s female crew and the wonderful relationship they share. Niridia especially is so capable and the friendship between her and Alosa is beautifully portrayed. It was rewarding to find out more about Alosa’s parents in this book and I was definitely surprised by some of the twists concerning them both (and horrified!). My worry about a love triangle between Alosa, Riden and Tylon was thankfully unfounded which was a relief as I get seriously frustrated by that trope. Alosa and Riden work well together as a couple as they both support and encourage each other, whilst the development of their relationship felt plausible with the hesitations and anxieties both of them experienced. Nothing was rushed and I really appreciated the time taken to create a healthy and viable relationship.
“We are not our fathers. We saw what evil looked like, and we knew we wanted to be different.”
Discovering more about Alosa’s siren abilities was another welcome element of the plot, especially the exploration of how torn Alosa is between her human and siren sides. I did find Riden’s hatred of Alosa’s siren nature to be a little too much at first but thankfully I came to better understand his fear of being controlled. I loved Alosa and Riden working together to gain control over her siren form, as the chemistry between them is always so great. This was a fast-paced adventure which I read in one sitting because the end of each chapter always had me saying “just one more chapter”! The conclusion was incredibly satisfying and this has become one of the most fun duologies I’ve read in recent years. I look forward to rereading it in the future when I need a light-hearted tale of pirates, plunder, and romance.
|About the Author
Initially from a small town in Oregon, Tricia now lives next to the Rocky Mountains with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and editing and is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, playing OVERWATCH, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.