Reading Level: Young Adult
Size: 256 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the Serena Legacy
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the second book in the Serena Legacy. I enjoyed Of Poseidon and was excited to see how the cliffhanger presented at the end of that book played out. This was a fun and quick read and resolved things nicely. There is a third book in the series, Of Neptune, that is supposed to release some time in 2014. A quick warning there are spoliers ahead for those who haven’t read book one.
Emma is still struggling with the fact that she is a half-breed Syrena and with the even crazier fact that her mother is the missing Nalia. Syrena politics get complicated when Nalia and Grom try to convince the Syrena community that Nalia is actually the missing Nalia. Grom has just mated to another Syrena girl who claims to have Poseidon’s gift. Grom can’t break his mating to the other Syrena without causing political strife among his people but he is meant to be with Nalia. Emma has to decide if she will stay safe on land, or if she will risk everything to prove that her gift is the real Poseidon’s Gift. Will she risk everything, even her death, to save the Syrena race?
Emma is an admirable character. She does what needs to be done to save the Syrena race. She doesn’t change a ton as a character in this book, except maybe to accept her attraction to Galen more. She risks a lot for the Syrena given that they want to execute her for being a half-breed.
Galen is still a bit too alpha-male, he is dead-set on keeping Emma safe. However when push comes to shove he finally starts to learn that Emma can handle herself. I still thought he was over protective, but started to enjoy him more as a character towards the end of the book.
As you can tell from the above there is a lot of political drama here. It was all well done and I especially loved the scenes where Emma is playing with her whale friend and where she is commanding sea creatures in the ocean.
This was a quick and fun read. It ties things up nicely. There is a weird subplot late in the story where Emma and crew have to rescue some kidnapped Syrena, it was very out of place in this story but was tied up by the end of the book. My only thought is that Banks will expand on the whole “humans capturing Syrena” thing in the next book. Honestly I think this would be a good place to leave this series and I can’t really imagine what will happen in Of Neptune.
Overall this was a fun read. If you liked Of Poseidon or are looking for a decent YA mermaid read then I think you will like this book. The story wraps up very completely at the end of this book. I am not sure how Of Neptune (the third book in this series) will expand on this series, but I am unsure whether or not I will read it because I kind of like leaving this series where it is at the end of this book.