First Lines: The sound of my knife slitting across a throat feels much too loud in the darkness. I catch the pirate before his corpse hits the ground and gently lower him the rest of the way.
You know, there aren’t a lot of duologies out there, and it’s kind of interesting to see how a story arcs over only 2 books. But like, I also wasn’t going to turn this down when it has female pirates and clever plot twists and sirens. Can’t turn that down.
*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*
Alosa has finally done it: she’s reunited the three pieces of the legendary treasure map and captured the pirates who tortured her. The only thing that unsettles Alosa is that the devilishly handsome enemy-turned-first-mate, Riden, is loyal and taking orders from her…but she isn’t sure it’ll always stay that way. Besides, he’s a distraction when all she wants is to have Vordan, the man who tortured her, face her father’s justice. But when Vordan tells Alosa a secret her father has kept for years, she finds herself in a deadly race to outpace her father. The Pirate King isn’t going to let Alosa wander free knowing what she does…but Alosa isn’t just the daughter of the Pirate King. She’s also daughter of the Siren Queen, and she’s going to use it.
So when I read the first book in this series, I thought it was interesting. Pirates (which are awesome), sirens (which were interesting), and a hot first mate, OH MY! I noted that there were some issues with the writing from time to time, but it was something I could overlook.
Not this time.
Oh my God, the beginning was so slow. I struggled to even want to pick up the book for like the first sixty pages. It wasn’t because I’d forgotten what had happened or who the characters were; I read the first book only a few months ago and still remembered most of it. It was just irritatingly slow and the writing was frustrating to me. There were parts that just…ugh. It was a chore.
Thankfully, after I got past the beginning, things started to get more interesting. And this mostly came in the form of Alosa’s inner conflict. When she started being vulnerable to those around her, then I bought in. But for whatever reason (and I usually love a good fight), I just could not get very far into this whole Pirates vs. Pirates conflict without wanting to chuck the book across the room.
The book does do some interesting things. The pirate stuff and the siren stuff are expounded on more and we get to explore Alosa’s abilities more. Those were interesting. And there are some good cliffhangers that drew me in. I even started reading this during commercials while watching a show because I wanted to keep reading.
I know I sound pretty negative at the beginning, but don’t completely write this off either. Just make sure it’s actually something you’re interested in reading before committing because, if you’re like me, you’ll question your decision at least once.