Our Bloody Pearl
The ocean is uncontrollable and dangerous. But to the sirens who swim the warm island waters, it’s a home more than worth protecting from the humans and their steam-propelled ships. Between their hypnotic voices and the strength of their powerful tails, sirens have little to fear.
That is, until the ruthless pirate captain, Kian, creates a device to cancel out their songs.
Perle was the first siren captured—but the only one Kian still keeps prisoner. Song muted and tail paralyzed, Perle’s hope for escape finally rekindle as another pirating vessel seizes Kian’s ship. This new captain seems different, with his brilliant smile and his promises that Kian will never again be Perle’s master. But he’s still a human, and a captor in his own way. The compassion he and his rag-tag human family show can’t be sincere… or can it?
Soon it becomes clear that Kian will hunt Perle relentlessly, taking down any siren in her path. As the tides turn, Perle must decide whether to run from Kian forever, or ride the forming wave into battle, hoping these newfound human companions will fight with them.
I want to thank the author for kindly sending me a copy for review. As always, my thoughts on the book are entirely my own.
Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Our Bloody Pearl was a taker from the beginning. This character driven novel was definitely unique. Written in more of an old world writing style, the language flowed beautifully and I found myself reading aloud often to fully appreciate it. Truth be told, the author is a master at the craft.
At the core of the story is the relationship that develops between Pirate Dejean and our protagonist Pearle, a weary Siren. Injured at the hands of the unyielding Kian, the beautiful, dangerous Pearle becomes dependent on Dejean. As Pearle recovers, the understanding of how humans live, identify and form relationships allows them to find a connection to a race that had previously caused only suffering. Possibly my favourite parts of the book were the conversations between Dejean and Pearle. The easy conversations and range of topics provided a profound look at relationships, sexuality and identity. The author addresses disability and sexual diversity in a manner that reads as natural and honest.
Batten down the hatches readers, this steampunk, fantasy world may not be the fastest pace but it will be a topsy turvy ride that will leave you holding your heart and asking for more.
About the Author
“D.N. Bryn began writing short stories in middle school and has yet to stop. They received their bachelors degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UCSD, and enjoy a day job involving respiratory disease research. They bring their love for animals, science, and mythology into all their writing, and are passionate about creating inclusive worlds where a diverse array of characters can go on grand adventures without being hindered by social misconceptions based on their appearance, sexuality, or gender.”