From Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series, comes a captivating stand-alone fantasy romance.
Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who’s everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger . . . but Kahlen can’t bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?
The Siren was previously self-published; this brand-new edition has been completely rewritten and redesigned.
Having just finished Cass’s The Selection series, I eagerly dived straight into this standalone novel of hers. It was only upon finishing it, I discovered that this was, in fact, her first novel, that has since been rewritten and released.
Having not read the original version, I can’t possibly compare, but I can say that I absolutely loved this new rewrite. I can’t quite put my finger on the overwhelming allure I felt throughout the book – whether it came from my own lifelong affinity to the ocean, my love of mythology or simply the story itself, but I loved this book from beginning to end.
This is absolutely a love story, but not always in the classic way. Yes, Kahlen and Akinli’s relationship is at the core of the story, but it’s also so much more than that. Akinli, as the love interest, is only actually present in a small portion of the story (though it’s still plenty enough to win you over entirely). What is more predominant, is the way Kahlen battles over her feelings for him and the obstacles that stand between them as mortal and Siren. She is torn between her overwhelming feelings for him, her loyalty to her sisters and her obedience to the Ocean; all of which are well fleshed out.
Certainly, it’s not just the romantic love that stands out in this book, but also sisterly and maternal love. The Ocean’s character is beautifully thought out and intriguing, a motherly figure to her Sirens, albeit an overbearing one. The sisterhood between the Sirens, their unique personalities and backstories, and the way their relationships flesh out throughout the story, was equally wonderful.
While there is an element of instalove between Kahlen and Akinli, it never felt so cliche or contrived, as can often be the case. Their feelings may have developed quickly, but never felt forced or unbelievable. On the contrary, after Kahlen’s many years of suffering and feeling unfulfilled, their feelings felt so well-founded and fleshed out, however short their interactions were, and I couldn’t help but feel my heart wrenching as I wished their story to end well.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the background of the Sirens history. They fully acknowledged the many versions of mythology behind them, and embraced them as part of the story, while showing them in a way never told before.
Having compelled me to write my first review in two years, that should stand testament to just how much I loved this story! Having devoured it in under 24 hours, it’s an easy 5 stars from me.