I read this book a few years ago and recently re-read it. The concept is what made me curious. We all know the stories of sirens and how they lure sailors to their deaths. This is a very original spin on it, and it had me wanting to read it.
“You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won’t lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time…”The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can’t bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she’s been waiting for doesn’t seem nearly as important as the one she’s living now.
Kahlen also doubts her role as a siren. She is essentially killing people, and she feels extremely guilty about it. There is a lot of internal struggle in this book that is essential to the story.
Akinli’s love and trust in Kahlen had my heart melting. He is such a sweet person and the fact that he trusts Kahlen so much means that he is that good of a person.
There are other sirens, but this is Akinli and Kahlen’s story, and talking about the others gives away too much of the story—I fear I’ve given away too much already!
Only one tiny thing prevented me from giving this book 5 stars, and that is the fact that Kahlen sometimes seemed a bit foolish. A few things she did in the book had be questioning if she really had matured throughout the time she’d been a siren.
All in all, I really loved this book and strongly recommend it to people who love fantasy, characters who grow as the story goes on, and most of all, love.