by Tricia Levenseller
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #2
Published on February 27, 2018 by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
The capable, confident, and occasionally ruthless heroine of Daughter of the Pirate King is back in this action-packed sequel that promises rousing high seas adventures and the perfect dash of magic.
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.
In Daughter of the Siren Queen, Tricia Levenseller brings together the perfect mix of thrilling action, tense battle scenes, and a heart-pounding romance.
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Last year I went on a swashbuckling adventure with the young pirate captain, Alosa, and she’s back for another voyage across the seas that left no room for dull moments.
Daughter of the Siren Queen picks up where the last book left off with Alosa seeking one final piece of the map to one of the largest (if not the largest) treasure troves in the world. Levenseller immediately threw me to the sharks as the action starts on page 1. It had been a little under a year since I read Daughter of the Pirate King before picking up this book and I forgot a few things going in. There wasn’t much of a refresher of the previous book like you get sometimes which I actually could have used but it didn’t take long for the story to pick up.
There’s something about the writing style. . . Don’t ask me what it is but I couldn’t tell you, but it’s engaging. Not over the top in a flowery/descriptive way but smooth and clean. Both books I’ve flown through in record time because they’re just plain fun and I don’t get hung up on the style.
Plus, Alosa is easily a favorite heroine of mine. She’s fierce and adventurous and caring. I loved seeing her interact with her all-female crew (which is AWESOME) and the dynamic they had with her as their captain but also their friend. She watched out for them and seeing her be selfless time and again just made me love her more.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that she had swoon-worthy Riden at her side. Yes, my friends, he’s in this one and gets plenty of page time. I think their romance was done really well in that they made mistakes and it did affect their relationship. It wasn’t ignored for the sake of a subplot and that made it all the more dynamic. And, I mean, I love Riden too so if things had gone south I’d not have been a happy reader.
Though the first book introduced us to Alosa, Daughter of the Siren Queen allowed us to get to know her on a deeper level. She has to open up to trust Riden again, but she’s also facing trust issues with her father when she discovers he’s been lying to her about something life-changing (I won’t spoil it for you). This drove a good bit of the plot and forced Alosa to question everything she knew up to that point. I like seeing characters have to go through these tough times because it tends to either reveal more about them and give the world a richness and depth I look for. . . or it flounders and I know not to read more. Don’t worry, though, this one was the former.
If you enjoyed Daughter of the Pirate King, you absolutely need the sequel on your TBR! If you haven’t read DotPK then I suggest you head out to your favorite retail store/library of choice and grab a copy because these books are absolutely worth the time. I can’t wait to read more by this author in the future as she’s quickly become a must-buy!