Book Review: Daughter of Pirate King/Siren Queen


Daughter of the Pirate King & Daughter of the Siren Queen
Tricia Levenseller
YA fantasy

Plot Summary

“Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.”

Series Review (no spoilers!)

I read both of these books on audio recently, and although I don’t normally combine reviews, it made sense here. Absolutely no spoilers, I promise!

This duology is action-packed, tinged with magic, and gently romantic in a way that does not take away from action at all! Alosa has been called the “female Jack Sparrow” a lot, it seems, but I’d rather think of her as the daughter of Will and Elizabeth: a fierce, confident, headstrong girl who knows her strengths and grows into her weaknesses.

And Levenseller didn’t trip over a specific pet peeve of mine: going out of the way to make the “tough” girl relatable. Alosa has a specific code and she doesn’t apologize for it, even when that means killing people. There’s a very clear and believable back story for her toughness, and she’s a character I like a lot.

The secondary characters in these books are well fleshed out too, with a crew that you’ll fall in love with easily. I almost hope Levenseller has more books from this universe up her sleeve.

Great themes about family, especially parents, and learning to find yourself in spite of the ways they screw you up.

Conclusion

Fun, easy-to-read books that are successful at exactly what they want to do. Maybe not something I’ll read over and over, but a duology that I’m happy to have read.

 

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