More than 1500 years ago, Titania's fae nation, the Aos Sí, lost their battle with the Taiga fae and their siren and mage allies. In her final act of vengeance, Morgan le Fay cursed the sirens who had trapped them in England with a confoundment spell: no longer would any latent siren believe that sirens were real. This blood-geas devastated the siren population, who were unable to explain transition to their latent offspring. For over a thousand years, as the sirens struggled with the spell's disastrous effects, the Aos Sí remained isolated in England, separated from their former Taiga enemies by the Atlantic. It wasn't until the 1850s, however, that the Aos Sí's suffering really began. Before fleeing Europe for Australia, the powerful mage cabal seeded every inch of English soil with iron, condemning the Aos Sí to slowly fade away.
Sirens Unbound opens in 2019 as the Bant family is about to become embroiled in a prophecied mage war. The youngest Bant, Cordelia, has spent decades advocating that the Atlantic sirens free the Aos Sí when she is abruptly exiled from Atlantea's High Court. Cordelia's mother, Mira, consoles her youngest daughter with the idea that her exile may not be what it seems. Meanwhile, Atlantea, the Atlantic siren queen, enlists Mira to investigate an American medical research project. This project is co-sponsored by the Danjou mage enclave, and the queen fears that their interest is related to a prophecy about a coming Mage War. Mira is alarmed when she learns that her middle daughter, Amy, is working on the project.
In Boston, Dr. Amy Bant struggles with setbacks in her research to restore mage sight. Because of Morgan le Fay's curse, she has no idea that she is a latent siren, or that two of her siblings are active sirens, or indeed, that her mother did not die in an accident all those years ago. Working closely with the Danjou mage, Ted Riccie, she tries to perfect the complicated neurological procedure. Mira arrives in Boston to gather information on Atlantea's command, but more importantly, to protect her daughter from whatever harm the war-mongering enclave might intend.
Exiled from the High Court and sent to the Mediterranean siren capitol of Kasos, Cordelia seeks the assistance of her brother, Thomas. Unlike his baby sister, Thomas was not born an active siren and thinks of his life in two phases: before and after his transition from an ordinary, mundane human into an active siren. He survived transition only because of his mother's swift rescue over a quarter-century ago and has been living in his family's shadow ever since. At Cordelia's request, Thomas reluctantly agrees to visit the Aos Sí on her behalf. But after witnessing a faerie fade away before his eyes, and haunted by dreams of the mage he met decades before, Thomas returns to Brazil. He arrives in time to rescue the mage, Kyoko, after she breaks her indenture binding her to the Vampire master of Rio.
Thomas swiftly brings Kyoko to Atlantis for safety. Horrified by Kyoko's arrival in her mage-free haven, the queen demands Thomas prove that she can be trusted. Troubled by the queen's dictate and jealous of the effect other male sirens might have on Kyoko, Thomas leaves with her for the mage-haven of Australia, where they expect to receive asylum.
Meanwhile, Amy believes her team has corrected the flaw in their procedure to surgically restore mage-sight but is hindered by the lack of a suitable subject for the revamped operation. Running out of time, she undergoes surgery herself. At her request, her eldest sister, Mary, comes to assist in her recovery.
In England, Cordelia meets with the Aos Sí queen and agrees to free the fae from their iron-poisoned prison. At that very moment of her decision, Kyoko breaks the chain in Morgan le Fay's geas that binds Thomas and his family. Cordelia interprets the miraculous event as a sign of divine favor on her undertaking, while Mira and Amy experience the breaking in shock and wonder. Freed from the confoundment spell, Mira seeks to repair her relationship with her latent daughters, while Amy struggles to understand her new sense of mage-sight.
In Australia, the ruling mage Cabal courts Kyoko assiduously, and Thomas finally understands how unique her magical powers are. To prove her worth to the Cabal, Kyoko agrees to attempt a broader breaking of Morgan Le Fay's spell. As Cordelia frees the Aos Sí by taking them beneath the sea to Africa, Kyoko breaks the geas on all sirens. A tsunami engulfs the coast of Queensland at the same time that the Aos Sí alight on the Congolese rainforest's iron-free soil.
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