WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!!
If you’d like to read my review of the first book in this series, Of Poseidon, click here.
Number of Pages: 246
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: May 28, 2013
“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?
Once again, Anna Banks infuses Emma and Galen’s points of view with humor, intrigue, and waves of romance.”
In my experience, the middle book of a trilogy is usually the worst of the three. It makes sense, when you think about it: the first book is the exciting start of everything, the second book is the transition, and the third book is the suspenseful conclusion. I never thought I would actually say this, but I think in this case that the second book was actually just as good as the first.
There. I said it.
Of Triton is action-packed, perhaps even more so than the first book. It picks up right where Of Poseidon leaves off, with a dramatic chase after Nalia and Emma. From there on there are plenty of twists and turns, and I loved how I could never seem to predict exactly what would happen next. I thought the political aspect of the Syrena’s undersea life was really interesting, especially the way they solved problems with tribunals. It seemed as though everything was expanded upon in this second installment, and I felt more attached to these characters than ever before. The ending was a huge improvement when compared to that of the first book- it was much less abrupt and I actually felt quite satisfied with it. I’m actually sort of surprised that this series is trilogy instead of a duology, because I really think it could have ended here.
The one issue I have with this novel is the same problem I had with Of Poseidon: THE ALTERNATING CHAPTERS OF 1ST AND 3RD PERSPECTIVE. My brain just can’t get used to it. It’s so incredibly awkward for my mind to have to transition from first to third in the simple turn of a page. And the worst part is that I honestly have no idea why Anna Banks made the decision to write the entire trilogy this way (assuming that the final book is written in this manner as well). Emma’s chapters are so vibrant and filled with voice, but Galen’s chapters seem terribly dull in comparison. Whatever the author was trying to accomplish with this writing style, it is definitely not being achieved.
Overall, I think I enjoyed this novel even more than the first book in this trilogy! I can’t wait to see what happens in the next and final book, Of Neptune!
My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) 4 out of 5 smileys.
Would I recommend it to a friend?: Definitely!
Have you ever read this book? What did you think of it? What other mermaid books would you recommend? Let me know in the comments section below!