Daughter of the Pirate King is one of the first YA books I’d read in a long time, and the first fantasies that I’d been able to read for a while. I’d like to say that it was my re-introduction to both, and it certainly did a good job of sucking me back into the addiction of reading both.
It also reminded me that YA isn’t as innocent as I thought. There are a lot of sexual comments, wearing revealing clothing, etc - not exclusive to Daughter of the Pirate King, as it also occurred in Cruel Prince. I just wasn’t as shocked after seeing it here.
Alosa is, surprise, the daughter of the (self-proclaimed) pirate king, and the main character. She’s also part siren. Honestly, with the title of the second book, Daughter of the Siren Queen, I had still somehow expected the novel to evade the fact that she was part siren - either revealing it at the end, or alluding to it and introducing it in the sequel. I was very wrong. Being the daughter of the pirate king, she’s sent on a mission to retrieve something from the enemy. Alosa believes this is because she is his most trustworthy, but it’s often mentioned that she’s likely only important to him, and possibly trusted with this mission, because of her abilities as a siren.
The romance in this novel felt so cheesy and forced, in my opinion. She is stuck on an enemy boat full of men, but the first mate is so handsome and like no other pirate she’s met before. He’s stuck on a boat full of men and one beautiful woman - a woman that seems to be hiding something and is full of mystery. Their romance seems there to both distract her from her mission and make her question her morals and loyalty. If anything, it feels like it is lust - again, boat full of men - but they still end up caring for each other to the point that it’s a problem to both of them. Honestly, it felt a bit out of the character that had been built up for her to not be cold and heartless towards him.
Overall, however, it wasn’t a bad read. I picked up Daughter of the Siren Queen on release day, and even got a cute little signed bookplate for pre-ordering it. Like many of the books I’ve read since, the original journey wasn’t finished, leading into the sequel. I’m looking forward to reading it, even if just to see what happens next. Despite feeling like the romance was forced, I do hope the sequel doesn’t eliminate him as a character.
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