Sunday, August 25, 2013

Book Review: Of Triton by Anna Banks

Title: Of Triton
Series: Of Poseidon (#2)
Author: Anna Banks
Pages: 246
Pub Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
Book Source: NetGalley
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars


*This review will contain spoilers for book 1—Of Poseidon*

Of Triton picks up almost immediately after the closing events of Of Poseidon. At the end of book one we found out Emma's mother was Nalia—the Poseidon princess who was thought to be dead for very a long time. Nalia had been hiding on land for years for reasons yet to be revealed.
“Speaking of Her Esteemed Majesty Mom ... she's lost her freaking mind.
And I've been kidnapped.”
Nalia was found-out by Galen—the handsome and in-love-with-Emma Triton prince.

We find out that, after a struggle, Nalia escapes with Emma (against her will, of course) and takes her on the run. Nalia doesn't trust the Syrena. She believes she must protect herself and her daughter from them.

Apparently there have been misunderstandings all-around, though, because Grom, the prince she was to wed, believes Nalia to be dead. And Nalia believes Grom to be dead. Yet, they're both alive and well.

In this installment, we learn the story behind Nalia's disappearance. In this installment, we see a reunion between runaway-princess Nalia and moody-broody Grom—and it's nothing like you'd expect.

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Ah, Anna Banks has impressed me again! :)

Of Poseidon was a fast-favorite of mine. The follow-up is no different. How many mer tales are there in Young Adult these days? A LOT. The Syrena are slightly different; a little more unpredictable. For one thing, they have this ability to feel the “pulse” of other Syrena. The pulse is like a fingerprint—unique unto each Syrena. When in the water, you can feel the pulse. Some of them have this ability to a higher intensity, such as Toraf. These Syrena are called Trackers. They can feel a pulse from miles upon miles away.

The mention of Trackers brings me to my next point. Something else that stands out for me is the hierarchy of the Syrena kingdom. This is something we see more in-depth in Of Triton than we did in the first installment. With Nalia being reunited with Grom, it's obvious she must be taken back to the kingdom to face her father (the King) and the council. This is where it gets complicated. Grom has already married another Syrena. Syrena don't have such a thing as divorce, obviously, so the group must convince the elder-types to annul the union between Grom and Paca so that Nalia can take her place as his queen. This book wouldn't be as amazing as it is if this were an easy feat!

Then you have the romance. Not only do you have a sweet reunion between Grom & Nalia, but you have the ever-present romance between Emma and Galen. Their relationship is also complicated. According to Syrena law, Galen is supposed to marry Nalia. Yes, marry Emma's mother. I won't go into detail on that. You'll just have to read for yourself. ;) On top of this technicality, Emma is a Half-Breed. Half-Breeds are usually killed immediately by the Syrena. Half-Breeds are an abomination and a danger. They aren't accepted, let alone allowed to marry a prince. But Galen, of course, doesn't accept this. He is determined to fight for their love until the very end. His love is beautiful and inspiring. I love these characters to no end.

My one and only complaint is that I feel like the story was a tad rushed. It should've been longer. :)

Overall, Of Triton was a great follow-up to Of Poseidon! It's not simply a bridge between books one and three. Huge things happen in this book. Reunions. Secrets unveiled. Lives lost. Betrayals. Confessions. War.

It's everything you could want in a sequel. The characters progress greatly. They learn, they love. The plot progresses and thickens. The ending is wrapped up just enough for it not to be cliffhanger-y. There is action and romance, mystery and intrigue. If you enjoyed book one, you'll definitely want to continue the series with Of Triton!