(first published July 9th, 2009)
Kahlen is a siren – beautiful, magical, and deadly. In her service to the Ocean, she must sing her toxic song to lure seafarers – not just men, but women and children as well – to their watery graves. The Ocean sustains all life on earth, and must be sustained in return. 80 years into her 100 years of service, Kahlen is still not entirely happy with this life, despite her love for the Ocean and her sisterhood of sirens. After a singing, she mourns over the lives she has taken. She knows that it must be done to keep all life in balance, but she still hates doing it.
She becomes even more dissatisfied with her life when she meets Akinli, a boy who changes everything. Even though she cannot speak to him (for a siren’s words are like poison that compel people to throw themselves into the Ocean), Akinli is drawn to Kahlen. He sees her wit, her old-fashioned charm, her intelligence in all of the words she can’t say. Little does he know that she is a siren.
Sirens and humans cannot be together. Sirens, during their 100 years of servitude, belong to the Ocean. In 20 years, Kahlen knows that she will be released from the Ocean and made human again, with no memory of ever having been a siren. But by then, Akinli surely would have moved on, wouldn’t he?
I think I would have rated this book a little higher had it not been for the slow pace. There were elements of the book that I enjoyed, but it was overall a bit slow for me.
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