Book Reviews, Middle Grade Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan – ARC Review




My Rating ~ Four Stars

4-gold-stars copy

RELEASE DATE:  5 October 2021

Format: Paperback

Pages: 368

Publisher: Puffin Books

Source:  Penguin Teen





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. But now the heat is on 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. 





Thank you so much to Penguin Books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!


Ana and her brother attend a marine school that produces exceptional students in marine science, naval experts and underwater explorers. Their parents, also former students of the school, were killed in an accident a few years ago and the siblings are all that’s left of their family. When Ana heads off on a school excursion for an end of year challenge, the students witness something tragic occur at the school, from the bus. Finding themselves suddenly on the run, with fiction blending into reality, they have no idea of the mission they face.

Daughter of the Deep was a lot of fun – as long as you can suspend your belief really really far 😄 Of course a certain amount of belief suspension is always necessary in science fiction and fantasy stories, this one just took it a little further than I usually like. But it was still a brilliant middle grade adventure that will definitely appeal to the demographic it was written for. 

I did absolutely LOVE the orangutan chef and the octopus! And the firm (plus developing) friendships between the classmates were lovely. The school was also divided into different ‘houses’ with different skill sets (the school was also referred to as ‘HP’ for Harding-Pencroft Academy throughout the story, and even acknowledged the similarity to Harry Potter, which I thought was just a little odd, but the marine named houses were fun).

If you’re already a fan of Rick Riordan, you’ll enjoy this one. It felt like very similar writing to Percy Jackson, with the same type of adventure story he is known for.




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