Audience: Young Adult
Length: About 85k words (22k words posted)
Arriana, the Deaf daughter of a pirate and siren, spends her life juggling her mother’s world and her father’s. When she goes to spend the night with her mother, she’s drawn into one of the sirens’ routine drownings where she is asked to participate.After an argument with her mother she flees into the small fishing town off the coast.
When she sees her father’s ship engaged in a battle with a Navy ship, Arriana returns to the ocean. The sirens are already there, singing sailors to their deaths. The pirates are wise to the trick, but the Navy isn’t. Arriana and a handful of sympathetic sirens rescue a portion of the Navy crew.
Arriana joins another siren, Juniper, and the sailor she saved, Castor. He has cryptic messages warning of a war with Kiser, but the girls, sheltered and far removed from turbulent politics, only care about the immediate issue of getting the sailors to safety.
Arriana returns to her father’s ship to say goodbye before she leaves with Juniper, but he tells her it’s too dangerous, trying to force her to stay on the ship. Her escape leaves their relationship fractured.
The sirens and pirates team up to stop the rescue, but Arriana plans an escape.
The group comes upon a ship, which they recognize to be foreign. They chance hostility in hopes of a final savior. They all end up as prisoners on the ship.
The crew has been taken prisoner in anticipation of an impending war and they are brought to Camp Beta, a place primarily meant to imprison magical creatures. There, they meet Ryan who signs because of her mute brother, Leland.
Arriana is forced to spend time with Ryan, who she falls in love with despite not trusting her. The two plot to overthrow Camp Beta, the rush of the plan leading to a stolen kiss.
The plan done, the magical creatures hold a trial for Castor’s mistrusted crew. Castor gives a speech that sways them, but the human guards of the camp don’t share the same fate.
News of the revolt has reached the outside world, and the magical creatures have to flee the camp. They find a safe haven where Ryan hatches a new plan.
Castor and Juniper make plans to return home to Regno, but Arriana stays with Ryan. Ryan, Leland, and Arriana go to find a reporter to try to sway public opinion against the anti-magic regime of the current Kiserite president.
They find a reporter, Leo, willing to cover their stories. Leo takes the three to a city to prove validity of the reporting. Leo’s story is published on the front page of a prominent paper, drawing national attention. This makes the trio famous, which draws both welcome and unwelcome attention. Ryan is in the books as having committed several misdemeanors, which is all the reason the government needs to make a prompt arrest.
Other notes: This book will be the first in a series, so that’s why it has an abrupt ending that doesn’t resolve everything.