Review #117

Title- Daughter of the Deep

Series name– The Children of Lyr

Author– Lina C. Amarego

Rating– 4.8/5

Genre- YA fantasy

POV- first person, past tense.

Trope- this book had everything- Pirates, enemies to lovers, forced marriage, second chance romance, avenging family murder

Similar Books/Comps- Fable and Namesake

Steam level- 1/5- fade to dark

Cover– gorgeous. I like it better than the sequel’s cover

My emotions- in love with the whole story, captivated

Comments while reading:

Page 10- I love Kiera’s name. The main character of my next trilogy is named Kyra, different pronunciation. Also my hero’s name in the Linked Trilogy is Jadox Griffin and this book has a cousin character name Griffin. Lol.

Page 50- how old are they? 18? 23? I didn’t find out until halfway through the novel that Kiera is 20 years old.
So far- Kiera’s special gift has been brought up twice-dying to know what it is. It feels vague.
Page 64- ah this book is so good. They each have clear objectives which are conflicting with each other, trapper circumstance, strong emotions, negotiations … you can’t write this shit.
Page 100- There are too many characters with names starting with “R”
Page 191- ugh Kiera’s thought process drives me crazy, but the ups and downs of this rollercoaster have me gasping for breath & longing for more. I’m halfway through and YIKES I’m complete invested in the outcome
Page 220- it doesn’t make sense why the council nullified the contract so easily
Page 258- I totally guessed that would happen. Raising the stakes!
Sidenote- I love the alliteration of each chapter heading
Page 346- aaah! I’ve been holding my breath for a whole chapter
Page 358- not much of a cliffhanger but satisfying conclusion. I just bought the seqeal and can’t wait to read “Sister of the Stars.”


It wasn’t fully enemies to lovers because it was obvious from the beginning that Ronan loved Kiera.


A wedding to end a war. It’s been four years since the blood feud between the Branwens and Mathonwys started. Four years of sunken ships and loved ones lost, four years of wounds both seen and unseen. Keira Branwen is no stranger to duty. As the first mate of a legendary pirate ship, blessed by the sea-god Lyr, and heir apparent to her clan, she would sail to the Otherworld and back to keep her family safe. But when the Council threatens banishment for her people, Keira is faced with a choice; she must either marry her father’s alleged killer, the sea-snake Ronan Mathonwy, or curse her family to the deep. But in the Seven Isles of the Deyrnas, secrets sleep just beneath the surface of the water. Her father’s death is still shrouded in mystery, and Ronan—her childhood friend, the man she once loved — is hell-bent on proving his innocence. As enemies become friends and friends become suspects, Keira must wade through the waters of doubt to expose the truth, save her family, and restore her father’s legacy. But Keira soon learns that there are ties thicker than blood, and there is more than one way to sacrifice a life.

Best part- The magic incorporated into the spring was pretty cool.

What I’d change-

I feel like the “backstory” of some things weren’t entirely explained but I’m assuming it will be more in the next novel?

Also, I wanted more heat/spice in the romance- but this is probably Young Adult

Quote- The quote on her Pa’s compass. Read it to find out what it says.

Pacing- fast

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