Page Count 197
Publication date July 2018
Publisher Avos Publishing
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, and while all since have either been sold or killed, Kian still keeps them prisoner. Though their song is muted and their tail paralyzed, Perle’s hope for escape rekindles 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 their newfound human companions will fight with them.
Big thanks to Dave at TheWriteReads for badgering me into joining a tour! I’m super glad I picked this one.
Let’s start with that cover, I love it! Pure, vibrant fantasy- it screams pirates and had me signing up to a blog tour immediately.
Written in first person present we read from the perspective of a captive siren shortly named Perle. Immediately Bryn has given the reader access to more information than the human characters because we know what Perle is saying- A clever way to encourage investment in the character, it definitely worked on me.
In the opening chapter we see Kian flee the Oyster ship as Darjean takes over, our only opinions of each Captain are drawn from Perle’s experiences with them, immediately identifying Kian as the villain of the story but will Darjean be the hero?
Bryn cuts straight into the heart of the story with no unnecessary info dump. The initial descriptions of the siren and setting blend into the storyline so fluidly it had me forgetting I was mere pages into a new book and not several chapters deep already.
Our Bloody Pearl is such a heart warming story. Yes there’s a little violence, some darker tones are alluded to and the threat is near continuous but the relationships Bryn builds between the characters are beautiful.
The novel features sapphic romance, a well written discussion of gender fluidity and explores the emotion behind loss of mobility. Having to mentally adjust your perceptions of your own body after illness or injury isn’t often discussed as openly as Bryn has done here and from my own experience they’ve done it very well.
At under 200 pages this story held my interest from start to finish and I’d love to continue the series.