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Our Bloody Pearl

(These Treacherous Tides #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  512 ratings  ·  236 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published July 26th 2018 by Avos Publishing
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D.N. Bryn Thank you so very much! (You have no idea how happy this makes me <3)

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Thank you so very much! (You have no idea how happy this makes me <3)

Our Bloody Pearl's inception was pretty straightforward. I had came up with the idea for the opening scene while dozing in bed one night, and ran with it over the next few days. I made the mistake of telling Silvia about it (as mentioned in my dedication) and she demanded I write it up.

It took about seven weeks for me to write the first draft and another five to edit it, but I spaced that in between the much more elaborate epic fantasy trilogy I've been working on since the beginning of time.

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D.N. Bryn
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Thank you guys for all the lovely reviews, I cherish every one of them.

This is a gentle reminder that Perle's canon pronouns are they/them! <3
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2018-shelf

Well, to be more precise, a bloody, action-filled romance including the mermaid legend as Sirens, and lots of conflict between humans and factions of the sirens.

More than anything, it's a character study and a gradual shifting of priorities and emotions and it's quite LGBT friendly.

What's great about it is the body horror and the sign language, the slow building of trust, and eventually the heroism on both sides. Perle really comes into her own and this is NOT exactly a light rendition
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
This book was amazing, it had me hook and sinker from the first page. I completely fell for the world of Siren filled waters and all the good characters found in this novel. Lucky me, I was able to read this while visiting the beach, and it was a superb experience.

Pearl (they/them) is the main Siren character in this story and the reader follows their journey through their point of view, which was just the neatest experience. When we first meet Pearl, they are held captive and chained by pirate
Kira Martin
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re looking to join a queer pirate gang, you’ve found it.

Our Bloody Pearl is like no other book I’ve read–in under 250 pages, there were discussions of gender and sexuality, as well as more LGBTQ+ represenation than I’ve ever seen. There were parts where this discussion became just barely clumsy, but in a sweet, innocent way you can only expect from a bloodthirsty siren and a dorky pirate captain. I’ve never seen a story where the main character didn’t identity as male or female, and
Jennifer (bunnyreads)

Captain Kian has an edge, she has made a blocking device that keeps her crew safe from the Sirens’ songs, making it possible to hunt their waters successfully without fear. Too bad she’s such a tyrant.

Captain Dejean and his crew of pirates, board Kian’s ship intending to get their hands on that edge. But what Dejean finds instead is the captive siren, Perle.


I wasn’t sure about this one at first, some of the eating scenes at the beginning, hit my squick-o-meter hard, and I’ve never been much
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

I want to thank the author for sending me, so kindly, a copy for review. As always, my thoughts on the book are 100% my own and honest

Wow this book, I really liked it, and I can't wait for the next one. I think it's one of the most unique books I've read this year, it's full of well-made representations and lovable characters, very well created.


4/5 Stars

You can find more of my review on my blog A Book. A Thought.

In this story we follow Perle, a mermaid who has been captured by the fearsome
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
(4.5 stars) *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I just love so much about this book. First of all, I’m always looking for more nonbinary characters. And second of all, Perle is a delight. They’re a scrappy, snarky, carnivorous siren and I love them to death.

The author pays attention to worldbuilding details like how Perle would see new people — specifically because they’re a siren from a nonbinary culture, and that’s not ignored. I love when other sirens show up in
Kristen Burns
4 Stars

I really enjoyed this little steampunk fantasy about a disabled siren and the pirate captain who rescued them from captivity!

The relationship progressed in such a natural-feeling way. By the time Perle was willing to risk their own safety for the safety of Dejean, I didn't even think twice about it because it just felt right. I also loved the interplay of Dejean's good-naturedness and Perle's grumpiness. (To be fair, Perle was grumpy for good reason, even though Dejean was helping
Jillian Maria
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long, long time since I've been this excited for a book.

I was lucky enough to read an earlier draft of this, and let me tell you, it kept me absolutely GLUED to the page the whole way through. The world of sirens and steam-powered ships is completely immersive, and I stayed up late on multiple occasions, promising myself that I'd just read "one more page." (It was never just one page.) The plot keeps you on the edge of your seat, and I mean that literally — I don't want to give too
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Violet Stone
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
So, this book is actually really good. It is very diverse and uses elements not often seen in books (genderfluid, asexual, and lesbian characters), communication through sign language, and rehabilitation of a siren. There's so many reasons to like this book.

Our story starts off with our siren who has been captured and tortured. They can no longer sing or use their tail to swim. So now they have to depend on a human to feed and take care of them. Once they learn that this new human (who not
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved
I had the absolute privilege of reading Our Bloody Pearl early, and I loved every minute of it. If you're looking for a book that will leave you with a warm, happy feeling, this is an excellent choice. It focuses on themes of love and family across a soft steampunk background. The setting gives you just enough fantasy to take you away, but not so much that you're overwhelmed with worldbuilding. I loved all the ocean imagery, and while reading, I almost felt like I was on the beach.

But the best
(warnings for physical abuse and references to past sexual abuse)


Ok first I'm getting the things I didn't like off my chest: the book was too short. Not only because [Sharpay voice] I. WANT. MORE. but also because the middle part of the book needed more time to really develop? I felt like 200 pages werent enough for that. The beginning and end were perfect but since the middle was too short the general development of the story and characters felt too fast.
Elyssa Perkins
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!! Loved it!!!!!!!! Loved it!!!!!!!!
Perle is amazing and I loved them from page one!!!!!
I was a bit uhhh??? in some parts but the brilliance of writing washed all of that away!
A wonderful read and it is pretty small so perfect for a journey read too!!!
The representation is good and there is genuine discussion of disability, gender and sexuality among the characters that reads naturally and doesn't deviate from the story!!!
My only slight minus is that the worldbuilding needs a bit more
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn
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Read more at my blog
Thank you to the author, who sent me a copy of ‘Our Bloody Pearl’ in exchange for an honest review.
I received no compensation for this review.

OKAY GUYS, IF YOU HAVE EVER ONCE THOUGHT ABOUT READING A BOOK ABOUT SIRENS, THIS IS IT! Our Bloody Pearl has opened up so many emotions for me, and I cannot express just how much I am in love with this book. Also, can I take a moment to just talk about how much I love the cover of this book?
Lorna (lornaslibrary)
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Our Bloody Pearl is a very short, fast-paced book, that makes good use of all 200 of it's pages. Every second of it propels the story forward with action and character development, so that there's never a dull moment.

I'm not gonna lie, I'm loving how many books about sirens there are out there these days, and I love how every interpretation I've read so far has twisted the sirens into a new shape. Our Bloody Pearl is no different. I loved how the sirens' appearances are mostly left up to the
Christine Sandquist (eriophora)
This review and others can be read on my blog, Black Forest Basilisks.

This book was super cute and super fun. Our Bloody Pearl sits on the cusp between YA and adult fantasy, somewhat similar in this regard to authors like Mercedes Lackey or Brandon Sanderson – albeit completely different in terms of themes and style. If you want an easy weekend read featuring murder mermaids (!!!), a kind and caring found family (!!!!), and an adorable ace romance (!!!!!), then this is absolutely the book for
Audrey B.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the absolute joy of reading an earlier draft of this book, and I guarantee, you won't read something like Our Bloody Pearl twice. The premise is original and delightful, the story simple yet effective- the characters and their dynamics will hook you in. If you enjoy pirates/sirens/fantasy/soft steampunk/found family stories, you'll definitely have the best time with this. Every single character is a delight, not to mention the fascinating take on sirens! The book will leave you with all ...more
Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn is a fantastic tale about family and friendship, and trauma and healing. This book instantly became a favourite of mine when I read it back in September. Our Bloody Pearl is a great book that combines steam punk fantasy with real world discussions that include PTSD, disability, and gender and sexuality. The author’s advocacy really shines through their characters and the story they told in Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn.

This is a book which will warm your heart and
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a wonderful book! I loved the characters: the main human ones are real cutiepies, Perle is a jewel, both strong and funny, and you have a great antagonist with Kian. Besides that, I was amazed with how real the sirens looked as a fantastic species. Also, great representation for LGBTQ+ and disabled people: it felt very natural (not forced, just so you could say that there was a LGBTQ+ or disabled character in the story) and was woven very well into the narrative.

Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*clutches chest* i love this book so much
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
To start with, I got a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. Before this I hadn't changed a word with the author, so this is no a nice, polite review for a friend - I just got really lucky! And because this is the internet, I get to be as brutal as I can with next to no consequences, so don't worry about me trying to spare the author's feelings. Thankfully, it didn't come to that. This is a good book and I highly recommend it. This is a perfect book for a bad day: it's short, can be ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this review copy courtesy of the author. I am grateful for the opportunity to review it for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.

This is easily the best siren book I've read. While sirens always seem intriguing, ruthless, and something to be excited about since their connections with mermaids, I have yet to truly read one that I have been quite pleased with - until now. This
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I started this today and I finished it today, if that gives people any idea of how much I adored reading this. Honestly, I couldn't put it down within reading the first page and I definitely couldn't as the story went on. The story has everything you could want: some romance, some action, some tear-jerkers and angst, pirates, and sirens. Oh, and LGBT representation from 50% (if not all of them) of the main cast!

I highly recommend it for people who want a mostly fun and easy to sink into book!
Elizabeth McMarrow
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of helping beta this book, and I was on the edge of my seat every second I was reading it. The characters are so likable and well rounded that it's impossible to have a favorite. If you read any books this year, read this one. It's the perfect story for those who love action, romance, and of course, sirens.
Amber Loney
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I had the pleasure of beta reading this book and I'm so excited to see that it will be published later this month!

Our Bloody Pearl is a wonderfully cozy read with distinct and unique characters. I loved the pov and strong voice of Perle, a disabled siren. It was so interesting to read a book from the pov of someone who isn't human and see how they perceive the world. This is one of those books that you read and you feel all warm and fuzzy after reading it. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Our Bloody Pearl follows a siren who has been captured by Captain Kian of a pirate ship, who travels the sea capturing sirens and selling them. Captain Kian has also created a device to block out siren's songs, and our main character was the first siren to be captured. Living in a tub of water, the siren was paralysed by a huge weight on their tail and due to dehydration, they can no longer sing.

At the start of the book, another pirate crew attacks Captain Kian's ship and overruns it, forcing
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
CW for physical abuse and mentions of sexual abuse (but only once)

This is such a wonderful concept and the ideas of the characters are equally as good! I really enjoyed Perle's and Deajan's friendship.

Sadly it wasn’t very well written, we didn’t really see much of any character development or got a good understanding of the world building (Like they're pirates but doesn't seem to do a lot of pirating, what time period is this supposed to be and how exactly does sirens live). The characters
Hannah Nielsen
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I was a beta-reader for this book, and therefore read a non-finalized version. However, the story did not go through any major changes during edits after my read that would change my impression of it.

I really enjoyed Our Bloody Pearl- this book has some heavy themes behind it and it delivers with finesse and wonderful detail. The characters are all engaging and feel fully fleshed out and organic. I highly suggest this book to any and all lovers of mermaids and sirens, the steam punk
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D.N. Bryn began writing short stories in middle school and has yet to stop. They received their bachelors degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UCSD, and enjoy a day job involving respiratory disease research. They bring their love for animals, science, and mythology into all their writing, and are passionate about creating inclusive worlds where a diverse array of characters can go on ...more