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- Print Length: 219 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (May 14, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 14, 2012
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007BBVEBK
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Conflict! Where do I begin. I like surprises, but only when they're good.
The nice surprise here was how the author crafted the conflict. It reminded me of a recent article I'd read about Stephen King by CNN's John Blake. The article describes the literary nature of King's work - his use of dark themes to tell his stories. But beneath the dark themes, the article details an often unspoken subtext of goodness and light. One of the many examples was death row inmate, John Coffey's comparison to Jesus' crucifixion in "The Green Mile."
Here in the `Siren's Song,' Webber uses this technique, except the context of her story weighs on the lighter side. In contrast to King, her lighter side cloaks a darkness beneath. A dark social issue just as prevalent today as it was in that historical period. That is, the physical and psychological exploitation of women.
In the Siren's Song, I not only felt the undertones of this conflict, but also watched how it changed the characters' goals and motivation. In a way, it made me rethink the definition of rape. A woman violated on a park bench at midday would likely end with the attacker's arrest - or his skull cracked. But when a premeditated act of violence insidiously spans months or even years, it becomes so difficult to identify, especially when (for self-preservation) the woman begins to sympathize with and defend her aggressor.
Here, in this novel, Gillian McCoy suffers an insensible rape of the mind, body, and ultimately, her soul. And for the hero, Captain Thayer Drake-- his was a rape of innocence. Ironically, it is this conflict that drives them apart, yet given the chance, each might discover that the other holds the only key to erasing the pain.
Webber uses this subtext to define the deeper aspects of her character's traits and personality than is revealed on the surface. In the opening pages, when Gilly is facing certain death, the author gives us sprinkled clues as to the character's manner and grace. And as the story develops, we learn this light-haired, gray-eyed beauty, with the voice of an angel, holds tight to fond memories of a father and widower who struggled to raise his only child in the meager ways of a preacher. In `Siren's Song,' Webber shows us a different kind of heroine here, contrasted with her previous casts of leading women. Here, Gilly is a touch more genteel, less savvy in the ways of the sea, and more vulnerable to the designs of pirates, murders, and thieves. But the passion she possesses is just as strong as her predecessors, and the mountain of conflict she must climb is as high or higher.
Drake's yonger years, on the other hand, stands out as a stark contrast to his reputation as one of the Caribbean's most notorious pirates. Much like Gilly, Drake holds fond memories of home and family. Memories of a father's laughter, a mother's song, and his sister's husband affectionately rubbing her growing belly as they gather before the hearth. Memories turned to nightmare in but a moment of insanity. Machete, a ruthless landgrabber, leaving Drake for dead, but not before he witnesses his mother and father's violent murder, his sister's husband slaughtered, and Machete's blade sickly plunging into his sister's womb, killing her unborn child. Critically wounded, Drake could only watch as a slow, painful death had finally taken her life as well.
At sixteen, Drake had blamed himself for surviving the horror, not fighting hard enough to save his family. Now, as captain of the Rissa, he immerses himself in bottles of Rum and bathes in self-loathing, doomed to forever replay, in his mind, the brutal visions of his sister death. But for Gilly, it was the figurative and literal rape of a young woman's mind, body, and soul that causes her to doubt herself ever worthy of love and intimacy.
As a young woman, in the spring of life, she'd tragically lost her beloved father. His silver pocket watch is all that remains of the years she'd shared with him - his timepiece damaged in the tragic fall that had killed him. But Gilly's life soon changes when she's swept into the arms of a gentleman offering a promising future of romance and adventure.
Ostensibly, Hyde would show her the world and help her discover the potentials of a young beauty's gift for song. But she discovers too late, his professions of love to be a lie. He robs her of her innocence then boasts of his conquest. He exploits her gift of song to lure and then scam the wealthiest of her audiences. But her love for him never wavered, even after she'd realized he'd tricked her into killing her unborn child - the heavy doses of opiate he provided was his deception. She believed it would ease the sickness of pregnancy, but instead her child was poisoned by her own hand.
After her child's death, Hyde continued to use the opiate to control her. Hopelessly addicted, it became easy to accept his gift of love when he'd given her a handbag filled with more bottles of the substance. With a steady supply, she'd rarely let her purse out of sight, again not realizing Hyde was using her as a mule - the handbag, his ticket to unimaginable wealth.
All of the above is what I've distilled from `Siren's Song.' It is this subtext that Webber has cleverly sprinkled into the story, which sets the stage for character motivation. It underlies the text of the story and is not explicitly stated. With this subtext, the reader might have to look harder, listen closer. S-he might have to accept that there's more to a moment, a scene, an altercation, or an exchange than what meets the eye.
In this review, I'd leave out the turning points that are best left for the reader to discover. But, I must add that I loved the author's woven subtext of conflict throughout the story. A constant affirmation that Gillian is a fish out of water among pirates; but brave and lovable nonetheless. An affirmation that Drake is fierce, dangerous, and...a lover, but still a lost boy of sixteen whose life is a lie.
I loved Gilly's reaction to seeing Drake's chiseled (but scarred) body - likely seeing only one such sculpture of beauty (and scars) hanging on a cross in her father's church - offering a subtext of immediate love or worship for this man-god. I loved how Drake tried to objectify Gilly, as he does with all women, to keep his distance from love and preserve his own self-loathing. I loved how Drake prolongs his ultimate quest for revenge on Machete, so as to also prolong his own self-punishment - his only reason for living. I loved the symbolism of Gilly's surrender from life when she sells her father's watch - symbolic of the selling of her own soul. I loved the scene when Drake hits rock bottom and confesses to his friend, his own treason of the soul - his literal rape of the woman he'd come to love.
I loved the ultimate resolution of conflict and the ensuing intimacy the hero and heroine shared. And I thought the epilogue was poignantly well done. Webber brings the reader full circle. -It is a romance, after all - a cleverly crafted five-star read with a powerful message.
Once again we are back aboard the Rissa and another captain has managed to end up with a woman on board. The woman, Gilly, was actually a stow away on another ship that sank and Captain Drake and his crew rescue the men and eventually her (twice) before salvaging the cargo from the other ship. Gilly is running away from something. She lies and tells Thayer that it's an unwanted fiance, when in truth she doesn't even know, just that they are after her. She also has an addiction (which I was kind of disappointed that I didn't feel that was really resolved) and ends up selling her father's watch to get more. I am not saying to what on purpose, I kind of feel that it would be a spoiler to say lol.
Thayer has his own demons that he is running from and when he finds out who the cargo on the sinking ship belongs to he is more than happy to relieve them of it. Thayer thinks he is a bad guy through and through but he's not. He risks his life to save Gilly twice in the very beginning of the book which pretty much solidifies that the bad boy is more of an act, though even he believes it. Gilly offers to pay her way to port by singing and dancing for him and while they do eventually have sex, the first time goes wrong for her and she wants more which leaves him feeling like he did something wrong.
I definitely say this is a worthwhile read. I love all the Captain's of the Rissa and the crew as well. Oh and in case you were wondering charming cook Henri is back in this book as well. He is a hilarious character!
and had great personalities. This story had a very hardcore & challenging heroine which
I find fun, and does not do "to much protesting" which I find tiresome in many stories. A
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