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Dark and romantic young adult fantasy for fans of Sarah J Maas - about the siren with a taste for royal blood and the prince who has sworn to destroy her.

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all.  

With the hearts of 17 princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most - a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian's heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever. 

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavoury hobby - it's his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she's more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good.  

But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind's greatest enemy?

©2018 Alexandra Christo and Jacob York (P)2018 Bonnier

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-20

Engaging!

The performances by the two narrators were so good, I was kept on the edge of my seat always!

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  • katherine
  • 20-08-18

Arghhhh I don’t know...

If you’re looking for a heavy romance/action you haven’t found it. It is a slow burn and the only intimacies are a few shared kisses towards the end. Which isn’t a problem unless you are looking for that. I found that the sea queen was so cliche, and just like a typical villain, speaks loads and doesn’t pose the threat that was building/promised throughout the book. She was really awesome and gritty till the end where it felt rather anticlimactic. Where she just stands there hissing and leaving opportunity in the fight. I found the battles underwhelming and really hard to visualise, especially with sea creatures being on land and settings poorly described. Although, the pairing was fun as they had great conversations that left me giggling, this book didn’t really grab me at all. It was very much a mix of Stardust/TLM/Sinbad which is an awesome mix but too obvious/PG for me.

If you are looking for another heavy read after ACOTAR, as this comes up in reccomended, this will not relieve you. I’m currently hunting for another Rhysand/Feyre power couple and that connection between the characters. Although, this book is a great adventure and I did enjoy listening to it. The double narrating was a bit hard to follow with Yakiko being cast as a sinister old voice by the male narrator and innocent by the female voice.

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  • Daniel
  • 05-05-19

An extremely entertaining twisted fantasy

This book is FANTASTIC! The book take a different take on sirens and mermaids, which I have loved because mermaids are often depicted as the beautiful ones. The voice actors especially Stephanie Willis are amazing, Stephanie even sounds like she could be a siren princess.

I also really enjoyed the way the book was written as it you gain two perspectives as the story unfolds from the two main characters. Which again is really entertaining as this voice actors bring it to life.

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  • Polly Ang
  • 24-11-18

Mesmerizing retelling of a favourite tale

The 12 hours fly by as the engaging story and skillful narration pull you further into the gripping world of mermaids and magical kingdoms.

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  • Rock
  • 22-10-18

strong start

Had all the potential but lost it. Not enough character development and story pace was too slow then too fast.

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  • ETW
  • 10-06-18

Absolutely phenomenal

Great cast, gripping story & wonderfully slow burn hate to love romance. Cannot wait for more from this author!

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 27-05-20

A splendid audiobook

I highly recommend the audiobook for this. I got sucked in by the narrators. Stephanie Willis's voice is so damn witchy, you can't help but get put under the spell. Which is kind of the point. The voice of Elian was spot on. This book really took me to the world.

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  • Laurie
  • 20-09-19

Mean version of the Little Mermaid

Not a fan of this book. Basically an adult version of the Little Mermaid... but not quite adult enough. Just fighting and blood and an obvious relationship. I don’t like criticising books but the author could have done so much more with this story line instead of following the obvious.

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  • Elisabeth Frøkjær
  • 01-07-19

Awsome Book

absolutly love the story. there were a few small things naretivly i would have prefered to be difrent, but other than that, it was brilliant. 😊

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  • Jorja Lake
  • 18-04-19

loved it!

I really enjoyed this. I thought it was a really unique take on sirens and mermaids and the like. I thought it was really interesting and clever. gutted that it isn't a series but enjoyed it anyway

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  • Kathryn
  • 23-02-19

Addictive!

The story is just gripping and to hear from both Lira & Elian’s point of view makes it that much better.
A story of Sirens & Humans makes this book different as it’s usually mermaids but the Sirens are more deadly and more alluring.
I do hope Christo writes a sequel!

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  • Sarah- Dog Ear and Die
  • 13-05-18

A must read!

Such a great story! Thrilling, emotional and thoroughly enthralling!
Fantastic performances by the actors too!

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  • Myora Kruger
  • 20-02-21

I was hooked from the beginning!

I absolutely loved every second of this book. The only thing that I'm disappointed about is that there isn't a sequel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-21

twists and turns

love this book read it as part of our book club worth the read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-20

Amazing

Its one of the first audio books iv listened to. The voice actors were amazing.
The story is fantastic. If you love spins on myths and fairytails this is an excellent listen. Predictable in terms od we know the story but still enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. The writer is amazing just enough description to give you a base of what the characters look like but not so much as to limit your imagination of the characters and places you get taken to. Truly a book thats let my imagination go wild.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-10-20

Very Enjoyable

I enjoyed the story, and thought the characters were interesting. The performance was very good.

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  • Charlotte
  • 14-04-20

Easy read, with great imagery

A lovely story with beautiful characters, but more developed backstory to some of the crew would have been good.Stephanie Wills was a wonderful narrator, and although Jacob York was good, the constant change of characters voices depending on the narration was distracting. All in all, a nice escape into a dark and mysterious world. I’d suggest this as a PG young adult read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-20

Absolutely amazing

A book that ruined my sleep because I couldn't put it down

With me just finishing it I feel I'm about to cry because the adventure of pirates and royalty is over now

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  • Dumbumm
  • 09-04-20

Such a letdown...

I'm all here for dark retellings, especially a dark 'Little Mermaid' retelling and I really wanted to like this book, but i just couldn't. The story was fine but there was no execution. It was boring, bland and confusing.

The most confusing is the world building. Or should I say it's nonexistent. The main characters talk about all these kingdoms (like 100 of them) all with different cultures but that's it. No background or nothing. Also if you're going to do a fantasy adventure YA and include different kingdoms/land, you might want to add a map. I was more and more annoyed during the story when they were heading to different kingdoms out of no where. Were these kingdoms on the same continent?

The dialogue was just... uhh... I got confused who was talking at times because all the characters were all the same; all had the same sense of humor. And what sucked is both the main characters Lira and Elian had good banter... but there was just not enough. I feel that if you were to compress all the dialogue in this book it would be no more then 10-15 pages.

Side characters were useless. One thing that bugged me is how Prince Elian talked about his 100+ crew members on his ship. First off... 100 crew members? and that's just the ones who went on the adventure to kill the Sea Queen. Elian mentions about having a crew of 200. Which I find completely ridiculous. Also out of those 100 crew we only meet 3... and a medic who is not really a medic and had two lines of dialogue. Where is the rest of the crew?

The romance. One thing that I love is enemies to lovers trope. I'm so down for it and one of the reasons why I wanted to read this book. But the romance falls flat. Maybe it's due to not having enough banter or that we don't get enough of the romance.

I'm actually surprised I finished this book. I wanted... hoped it would get better... it didn't. Like I said: It was boring, bland and confusing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-05-19

Great narrators, great story

I think I enjoyed this story way more as an audiobook than I would have as a physical book. The narrators were fantastic and I was really drawn into the story. I’m disappointed that this is a standalone novel because I wanted more when it finished.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-05-19

Wooowee

Not the usual book I go for, but I REALLY enjoyed listening
Jacob York and Stephanie Willis are my now top favourite narrator's!
Alexandra does a wonderful job at describing scenes as well as developing characters. I loved the banter too! Great way to humour a dark themed book