A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Daughter of the Siren Queen, like its previous volume Daughter of the Pirate King, is packed to the gunwales with gleeful, gory, mind-numbing violence from the first sentence, in which protagonist/narrator Alosa slits an unfortunate pirate's throat. Amid the stabbing, slashing, dismemberment, shooting, drowning, and devouring by sea monsters -- and that's all from the good guys, the villains are worse (a villain keeps a character prisoner and rapes her) -- there's also a page-turning, imaginative adventure, a heroine grappling with the challenges of leadership and unwelcome superpowers, and a ridiculously good-looking hero who's also a nice guy. To say nothing of a motley crew that includes ex-thieves, former prostitutes, a hard-drinking pilot, and a knife-wielding 6-year-old.
What's the story?
Back in favor with her father, the Pirate King, 18-year-old Captain Alosa makes the unwelcome discovery that, besides all the abuse, he's being lying to her about a lot of important things having to do with the fact that she's also THE DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN. Then an unexpected reunion with her long-lost mother opens up entire new worlds and forces Alosa to deal with her own destructive siren nature before she kills the humans she loves and needs. Complicating matters further: captive/frenemy/hottie/love interest Riden. But no time for all that, as Alosa pursues revenge on her dad, the king follows with a large crew and murderous intent, characters kill and maim one another with gusto. Meanwhile, awaiting their moment: the seductive, lethal sirens. Epic battles, a colossal body count, wild adventure, snarky dialogue, and snarkier narrative soon follow.
Is it any good?
The relentless, gleeful gore may be a deal-breaker for many, but Captain Alosa's return also brings an imaginative mix of snark, crew bonding, romantic tension, and swashbuckling adventure. The hacking, slashing, stabbing, and worse start on the first page of Daughter of the Siren Queen, continuing throughout at a rate more typical of horror tales or violent video games. If you can get past that, though, it's a fun read, with plenty of adventure, romance, and conflict to keep the pages turning.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the legend of sirens, who have appeared in mythological tales for thousands of years. What do you think is their enduring appeal? Is Daughter of the Siren Queen typical of the siren stories you know, or do other versions see them differently?
Alosa and Riden both come from brutally dysfunctional families, but are determined to do better themselves. Do you know any kids who struggle to overcome bad circumstances to make a better life? What challenges do they face?
Do you have trouble with the violence in this story, or do you think it's just part of the fictional world?
- Author: Tricia Levenseller
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Pirates
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
- Publication date: February 27, 2018
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 18
- Number of pages: 352
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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