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?1
Of Poseidon ended on a cliff hanger and I could only imagine how upset I would have been if all the books were not out yet. A strangers pulse is felt near Emma’s house in Of Poseidon and they fear it may have been a threat to Emma. Nothing could have been more of a shock to Emma to learn that her mother was not who she said she was and her life was a lie. We also find out more about Emma, why she is unable to transform and gain a fin and where her unique colouring and abilities come from.
Emma is kidnapped by none other than her own mother. Having been drugged with chloroform and thrown into her car, Emma wakes up in a dinghy motel in the middle of nowhere. As the secrets begin to pour out of her mother regarding her past, Emma has difficulty trying to come to terms with their parents relationship being a lie. What hurts more is the fact that her mother has no reservations when Grom appears and it is as if her father never existed. Grom who is Galen’s brother and looks very much like him is in love with her mother, but due to some very strange Syrena laws, Emma’s mother may be matched to Galen.
Of Triton takes us on a journey across land and sea. There are many shocking revelations and surprises for the reader that leads to chaos deep in the ocean depths, and the possible discover of the Syrena by the human world.
There is a lot that goes on in this novel when you look back on it, but after finishing, it seems like not much happened at all. It’s a very uncomfortable ending to the book as there are so many questions of what is to come that it takes the focus away from what has just passed. There are a lot of great elements to the book: action, adventure, thrill, hate, love, battle, rescue and even sadness. Despite all these, Of Triton does not compare to Of Poseidon, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. There are a bunch of scenes where things are casually smoothed over, or maybe not so smooth, to allow the story to endure instead of potentially coming to a halt. I have stumbled upon a couple novellas for the Syrena Legacy and I look forward to exploring those and finally getting my answers in Of Neptune. I am still very much hopeful for news of the film(s) to come, and I’m sure we all pray the actors/actresses meet our varied tastes.
1. Book summary courtesy of Anna Banks book page.