In this sequel to OF POSEIDON, Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half- Breeds should be put to death.
As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?
So I know what you want to know.
Is Galen as sexy in Book Two? YES
And that’s everything you need to know, right?
I reread Of Poseidon before starting this book because I remembered how good it had been the first time around and I wanted to make sure I got all the subtext in this one. In terms of continuity this book pretty much picks up where Of Poseidon left off (we’ve just discovered that Emma’s mom in the ‘missing, presumed dead’ Syrena princess who was supposed to marry Grom all those years ago) and Emma’s mom still knows very little about her daughter’s underwater abilities.
It was nice crack this book open and to finally hear Emma’s mom’s story, but I felt sorry for Emma when her mother eventually came face to face with her past, forcing Nalia to choose between her daughter and her destined mate. I liked Nalia less in this novel because of her choices, but I only liked Emma more. Emma who is brave and loyal and trying to act responsibly despite the chaos that entered her life alongside her Syrena abilities.
The way this novel started to stretch out the mythology and underwater civilisation outlined in Of Poseidon was very satisfying – we meet more Trackers, Archives, Hunters and normal Syrena. I still crave to see more of how they live though: Anna Banks has left us some mystery still for book three to explore. It’s crazy to say but I think my favourite side character in the book was probably the whale Goliath (sorry Rayna! I still love your toes and snark).
This book involved less Galen and Emma ‘us’ time than Of Poseidon, which was disappointing because Anna Banks definitely knows how to write wonderful YA romance; so I’m really looking forward to book three, because if it takes up where this novel left off, I will be one happy bunny!
Of Triton moves, if possible, at a faster pace than Of Poseidon and is just as compelling. It’s definitely a stay up late sort of read. There’s political intrigue afoot in the underwater kingdoms, supernatural high jinx where the ‘gifts’ of Triton and Poseidon are concerned, and of course relationship drama aplenty.
I would recommend this as a MUST READ for people who enjoyed Of Poseidon – it’s a worthy sequel.
My Crazy Plot Wish: Anna can you please give Emma a fin?