Genre: Fantasy Age Range: YA Star Rating: 4.5 stars Series: second book of duology
*SPOILER ALERT: contains SPOILERS for DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING*
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.
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DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN is a fun duology ender as Alosa takes on her father and races to find treasure first.
While the first book was very much sneaky, double crossing pirates, this one is more adventure and sea battles. A lot of time spent on board ship with Alosa as captain. They face a lack of wind and water, need to make emergency repairs, and stay ahead of those chasing them. It is very much a “boat book” that makes the boat the centre of the action, rather than one that happens to be set aboard a boat.
This is the book where Alosa is forced to decide whether she can trust and support her father any more, after all of Riden’s prodding in the first book. As a reader, I hadn’t liked him from the start, what he’d done to her to “make her strong”, but the book manages to take you through her journey such that you can understand why it’s hard for her to grapple with the idea despite disliking him personally.
DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN, as you’d expect from the title, also dives much further into Alosa’s siren powers (pun fully intended.) It makes the book feel more magical, though it’s a dangerous magic that can make Alosa forget herself and just want to kill anyone around her. Given the title, I’d have been disappointed if there hadn’t been more siren-stuff, and we get to meet Alosa’s mother, in a very unexpected way!
It is a satisfying conclusion to the duology – and luckily the fact that I’m coming to Tricia Levenseller’s books late means I’ve got a lot more I can blitz through in the coming weeks!
Read my reviews of other books by Tricia Levenseller:
Daughter of the Pirate King (this series):
- BLADE OF SECRETS (#1)
- MASTER OF IRON (#2)
The Shadows Between Us: