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.
I personally loved Alosa! She definitely that archetype fierce female protagonist that is prevalent in YA fantasy but I still enjoyed her immensely! She is vibrant, coarse and stubborn and a highly entertaining perspective to read from. I liked the fact that we got to know more about her background and why she is they way she is but there are still so many questions that I have about her that I hope is explored in the next book. It’s quite nice to see the contrast between Alosa the Captain and Alose the siren and how terrified of the unpredictable nature of that side of her and how she isn’t quite able to control it. I definitely want to learn more about the sirens and her mother.
Riden came across as too likeable in a way. I think he is way too devoted to his brother to be so captivated by Alosa and eager to please her too quickly, like he gives in to her too much. He was just a little too perfect of a counterpart for Alosa, I would of appreciated more conflict from him, even though I found their banter to be great to read I wish he would of pushed her as their prisoner more. We are given quite an in depth background as to how he came to be on the ship with his brother which I appreciated and gave the book more depth.
I really enjoyed the fact that this book didn’t shy away from the cutthroat nature of pirates. Deals are struck, crew members are knocked out and killed on the regular which upped the stakes. It keep me so much more invested knowing that not all of the characters are safe. We don’t learn as much about the world as what I would of liked but we are given quite a thorough history of the pirates and how Alosa’s father managed to secure his title as King. If Siren’s exist in this world is I’m left wondering if there are any other magical creatures that might make an appearance in the next book, I’m definitely excited to find out!
⭐️4/5 Ruthless, intriguing and adventurous!