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?
My thoughts on the book:
Of Triton is an excellent follow-up to one of my favorite books of last year, Of Poseidon. The characters continue to evolve, the plot is intriguing and full of suspense, and the writing is top-notch. This novel starts right where its predecessor left off, and right in the middle of the action. From the first page forward, it's non-stop suspense as Emma tries to navigate the turbulent waters of life as a half-breed Syrena. Full of romance and intrigue, this is one sequel that shouldn't be missed.
Emma really grows into her own in this installment. She learns to stand on her own and make her own decisions. Things are difficult for her, and Banks keeps throwing challenges at her, which forces her to grow. She quickly becomes a strong character. Galen evolves as well, and his views on what it means to be Syrena change throughout the course of this novel, which was surprising for me. Emma's mother really disappointed me. She acts more like a teenager than a mother. I'm not sure if that's a Syrena thing or if she just needs to grow up. Either way, I didn't really like her.
Of Triton will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I rooted for Galen and Emma, felt hopeful for their future, and was saddened by loss this time around. This book is fast-paced and kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending is intense and sad, but it ties things up nicely. I feel like this is the last book in the series as the epilogue leaves no room for a sequel. If it is the ending, then it's a good one. I'm happy with it.
Overall, I'd recommend this book and series to anyone who enjoys mermaid tales. Banks has a strong voice, and her novels are intriguing. I can't wait to see what else this author can do.
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