This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Douglas J. Sloan. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Siren Chronicles by Douglas J. Sloan
Series: The Siren Chronicles #1
Genres: Fantasy, young adult
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Gruh Entertainment, Inc.
Source: Author, Douglas J. Sloan
Purchase at: Amazon
While leading the clean up of the worst oil spill in California history, Marine Biologist Elias Courtney stumbles upon the unthinkable. The beautiful young woman, washed up on the desecrated beach, tangled in the black seaweed, is still alive, but barely. What would possess someone to enter these black poisonous waters, the cause of so many innocent creatures’ demise?!! For that matter, how IS she still alive? How long has she been under the water? As Courtney would soon find out -- her entire life. In fact, this was the young mermaid’s first time on land.
Lorelei with companions, Seanne and Millisine, has travelled a long way to walk these scarred shores. Now separated by the horrific oily mess that only humans could have caused, the three sirens must struggle to stay alive as they attempt to navigate this strange new world. They must reunite and begin the “Earthquest” that is their reason for being on land. Their underwater home is sick, dying off at an alarming rate. And whatever is causing the near extinction of the last remaining mermaid colony, clearly originated from exactly where they find themselves.
Edward Titan had waited decades for this moment. All three have arrived, hopeful and innocent, completely unsuspecting. Soon the ocean’s strongest, smartest and most intuitive sirens will find themselves up against years of festering anger and hatred. Titan’s retribution will be swift and brutal. And it will mean the end of an entire civilization. The Sirens’ Song will soon be no more.
THE SIREN CHRONICLES: BOOK ONE, is the exciting first installment in a series of SIRENS books that will follow these miraculous young heroines across the globe, both above and beneath the ocean. As they try desperately to stave off a psychotic creature bent on destroying the planet, they discover new species, battle old enemies and face challenges they never could have imagined.
I love to read stories about mermaids and sirens. So, when I had a chance to read The Siren Chronicles, I was all over it. The idea behind The Siren Chronicles was quite interesting. Three mermaids/sirens were to go on an Earthquest and hopefully be able to solve the question of why the mermaids and mermen were getting sick and dying before their time. Something was affecting their city, Oceanna, and the origin of the mysterious disease was beyond their walls. These three mermaids, Seanne, Millisine, and Lorelei, have been learning about the humans for a long time and are ready to get started on their Earthquest.
I really liked that Oceanna was actually quite small. Their technology allowed them to shrink their city and inhabitants down to the size of a clamshell. That is a very cool idea because it can also explain why mermaids and mermen have yet to be discovered in this day and age. Quite intriguing! This aquatic civilization was supposedly very advanced and that through previous Earthquests have helped shaped the human’s technology for the better concerning all things marine. There is a wonderful marine conservation element to this story that adds to the overall appeal.
From the start of the Earthquest things went astray and the girls were separated when they encountered something they did not anticipate, an oil spill that came out of nowhere. Though separated with no idea of where they were they each needed to make their way among the humans and try to find each other while also trying to find out more information about what could be causing the disease that has been affecting the merpeople.
All three mermaids had different experiences during their time on Earth and it was life changing for each of them. In addition, they managed to uncover a plot so sinister that it took their breath away as well as answered some lifelong questions for one mermaid in particular. There were parts of the story that made me laugh but I felt that the characters were pretty flat. I think the third person narrative with multiple narratives made it difficult to develop character depth. Overall though, The Siren Chronicles would be an excellent read for those readers who enjoy creative tales without sex, foul language, or explicitly inappropriate content.
*Thank you to Author Douglas J. Sloan for this complimentary copy of The Siren Chronicles*