Our Bloody Pearl
Author: D.N. Bryn
Publisher: D.N. Bryn
Released: July 26th, 2018
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.
First of all, I’d like to thank the author, D.N. Bryn for sending me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review and I’m so sorry for this very delayed review. But I’m so glad that I finally get to read Our Bloody Pearl.
It wasn’t stated in any part of the synopsis of this book, but reading Our Bloody Pearl reminds me a lot of The Little Mermaid but make it dangerous and human killing sirens. This book is quite similar with the classic fairy tale, whereby the main character, siren named Perle (the name is given by Dejean) is saved by Dejean, the supposedly savior in this story. The story started off rather exciting. It really made me wondering, “oh okay, now what’s next, what are they going to do next after busting the pirate’s ship?”
I also adore the chemistry between Dejean and Perle. Their relationship is kinda unique, I’d say. The love each other but they are well aware of their physical differences. I don’t know how to explain it but I kinda like their relationship and how they slowly build their connection with their sign language.
However, I found the second half of the book is rather dry because they were preparing for a revenge. Honestly, this is just me as a reader, I always find this “preparation” phase boring and flat unless very interesting events actually take place. The overall plot for me was fine too, nothing too surprising nor too out of place. It’s just that at certain point I was disconnected with the story when the author describes how Perle was trying to swim with their brace and their tail, also I could hardly imagine how Perle helps Dejean at times through the writing.
Besides those points, I appreciate that the author brings in LGBTQ+ or sexuality into the book and explaining about the pronouns, which is why Perle is identified as they. There are also 2 characters in the book who are lesbian and they are rather a cute and cool couple. There was also a message of uniting people of different background (in the story it’d be the sirens and humans) in this book, which I think is well done, even though it’s very brief.
Love, friendship, trust, conflicts, sea and mythical creature. Those are the things that you can expect to see going into this book. If you like The Little Mermaid, perhaps you can give this a try, if you like bloody scenes, you could also try reading this one. Overall, I think this book would be perfect for fantasy lovers.
About The Author
D.N. Bryn began writing in middle school and has yet to stop, constantly bringing their love for animals, science, and mythology into their speculative fiction writing.
They are passionate about creating inclusive worlds where a diverse array of characters can go on grand adventures without being hindered by social misconceptions based on their appearance, sexuality, or gender.