First, let me start by saying that the author, Samantha Coville, is my daughter. With that said, I am going to review this book as a reader and not as a father. As a father, I am very proud of my daughter and I am very impressed with all she has accomplished. As a reader, I enjoyed this story.
Raya Sarian has always known she was different. The water calls to her in a way that isn’t human. She has seen things that would scar anyone for life. And her father has been non existent in her childhood.
Because he is a Siren.
A blood drinker.
And now she must live with him in a world populated with deadly enemies and dangerous friends. Can she survive the year?
The book is listed as a YA Fantasy story and is written for the teen girl demographics, but I think it will be enjoyed by all readers that give it a chance. The main character, Raya, is a teen age girl that is going through an identity crisis of sorts as she learns to live with her father, who is a blood drinking siren from Greek legend. One thing that I found that was unique about this story is that Raya is not ignorant of what her father is. It does not come as a surprise to her that she is half siren. Unlike a lot of stories in this genre, the main character is not just discovering her past. I found this refreshingly realistic.
Raya does go on to discover what it means to be a halfling siren, and the reader is given tastes of her abilities through out the story. It was fun how Samantha allows Raya to find out what she can and can’t do, no boring info dump.
There are twists and turns along the way, but the ending is well done and really feels satisfying. I am often disappointed that the first book in a series ends in a way that leaves you feeling like book two should have been combined with book one in order to make a complete story. Blood Oath is a complete story, but it leaves open the desire to learn more about Raya and her siren family.
I would recommend this book to anyone that likes YA novels like Hunger Games, Divergent or Ender’s Game. It is nice to learn about sirens, as they are an under used mythical creature. I think werewolves, vampires and zombies have been over used, so sirens are a nice change of pace.
Do yourself a favor and get Blood Oath, you will not be disappointed.
As a side note, from the father of the author. Samantha wrote this as her NaNoWriMo 2013 novel. It is amazing to see how much work she put into taking her manuscript from November and turning it in to a published book. She is truly an inspiration to this aspiring author.
Until next time…