Book Review – Daughter of the Pirate King Tricia Levenseller Duology Young Adult Fantasy Novel
Duology Series Review – Daughter of the Siren Queen Tricia Levenseller
There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.
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.
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.
Daughter of the Pirate King & Daughter of the Siren Queen is a Young Adult fantasy duology by Tricia Levenseller. Alsoa, our main character and teller of our sea adventure, is a Siren-Pirate Princess (!). She’s grown up believing her Siren mother abandoned her, leaving her with her ruthless father the Pirate King.
Who wouldn’t want to be half Siren, all pirate – and princess to boot?
Alosa didn’t have the greatest childhood under the rule of her father, the Pirate King. He lies, beats and manipulates her into doing his bidding. Punishes her whenever he sees fit. The Pirate King has trained her to be a ruthless killing machine. Combined with her siren abilities, Alosa is not to be messed with. I loved everything about Alosa. The armour, the defensiveness and obliviousness. Her brilliance, determination and kindness. Levenseller wrote an amazing character when she dreamt up Alosa.
With or without the siren abilities she is so terrified of – Alosa is no damsel in distress.
Under orders of the Pirate King, she gets herself captured by pirate brothers Draxen & Riden. They have something her father wants, part of a map that leads to the Isla de Canta. Home of the sirens and their massive treasure. The Night Farer’s first mate, Riden, is smarter than Alosa anticipates and finding the map piece is no easy task.
You know our girl found that map though.
Not only did Levenseller create an amazing, strong & vibrant female pirate in Alosa. A woman who needs no man to do her bidding. A woman who, if stripped of her siren abilities, would still be an exceptional, caring and beautiful soul. Levenseller keeps that theme going to the crew of the Ava-Lee.
An entire ship of brilliant, fierce pirate women.
We catch up with the crew of the Ava-Lee in Daughter of the Siren Queen. While in the Pirate King’s keep, Alosa makes a startling discovery and uncovers the depth of her father’s lies and manipulations. In an instant, she betrays him. In doing so, she marks her entire crew for dead. Standing by their captain, the Ava-Lee sets sail for Ilsa de Canta. The Pirate King and his fleet set sail for Alosa.
I enjoyed the fast pacing of this story. There were no long-drawn-out descriptions or pages of endless useless narrative. Levenseller skips days and weeks at a time, and it worked. This wasn’t a novel of thought provocation or deep reflection. From the very first page of Daughter of the Pirate King until the very last page of Daughter of the Siren Queen you are on an adventure.
Oh and what an adventure it was.
Dead men dangle by ropes from the top of the tunnel, giving it the appearance of a gaping mouth with scraggly teeth. The ropes are tied to large hooks at the end, hooks that have been inserted into the mouths of traitors.
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