- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
- Publication date: 5/28/2013
- Source: eARC provided by publisher via Netgalley for review
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?
Mermaid books are kind of hit or miss with me, but I can say that this series is a win so far. In the first book, I wasn't a huge fan of Galen, but he was better for me in this book. I loved where the story went, the adventure, and the danger. This one was a step up from the first and I really enjoyed it.
Emma is a character that I don't really feel strongly one way or another for. She is just kind of there. She can be brave, but she also does stupid things. She can put up the tough girl act, but she's also weak at times. I guess besides being a half breed, she's just pretty normal. We get so used to all these super kickass female heroines in books, that when we have a mostly average one, it's just kind of blah. Not to say she doesn't have a few really awesome moments to shine. She just didn't really have a whole lot to offer aside from the fact that they need her to save the Syrena kindom.
Galen wasn't nearly as arrogant and possessive in this as he was in the first. It's still there a little, but I really started to like him in this. Instead of acting like Emma is something he wants to own, he starts actually showing he really cares. That she is more to him than just a possession. He is willing to do whatever he has to in order to be with her too, even if he has to go against Syrena law. He just hopes he won't have to. He holds his Syrena heritage and laws very high and he doesn't want to go against it, but Emma is very important to him.
The other characters are well developed too. I liked getting to know more about her mothers history, and we get to be in the underwater kingdom quite a bit too. There are times when you don't know who you can trust and who you can't. There is a lot thrown at you having to do with the characters and who is really on what side. I really loved that since I am rarely thrown off. I would think I saw something coming, and then be turned in a different direction. The characters are probably one of my favorite things about this series.
I liked getting to know more about the Syrena's backgrounds and getting to spend more time underwater in this one. Even on land things are kept interesting though, and there is always something going on. There was never a boring moment in this book and I read it quickly. The characters grew and changed for the better I think and I thought that the story went in a great direction and the resolution of the issue at hand was done really well. This was a very fun and entertaining read.