Book Review: Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan


Title: Daughter of the Deep

By: Rick Riordan

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 352

Release Date: October 26th, 2021

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana's parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family's she's got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana's freshman year culminates with the class's weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it'll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives.

But wait, there's more. The professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years. Now that cold war has been turned up to a full broil, and the freshman are in danger of becoming fish food. In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time.


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Another wonderfully creative story by Rick Riordan. Out of all the history an author could pick from, I don't know of any other story that plays off of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. How creative.

The story follows Ana Dakkar, a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy. She is well on her way to graduating as one of the worlds top marine scientists, but when the academy comes under attack, and she is forced to flee with those who survived, a strange family secret begins to immerge. 

Ana is a wonderful character. She's super smart and seems to be able to keep her head about her in tough life or death situations. Even when she finds out that her brother is a jerk, she's still pretty cool.

The setting for the book is awesome. An old AI submarine that killed Ana's parents can really bring back some bad memories, but the crew of the sub seem to feel safe with this, which was one weird thing that didn't make sense to me, but how cool is that. 

I really enjoyed reading this new book by Riordan. It was a nice change from his normal stuff. 

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