Thursday, February 21, 2013

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help--no matter what the risk.

I wasn’t sure about this book when I first picked it up. A bunch of mermaid books came out at the same time, and I was having a hard time differentiating them. This book is about Syrena, not mermaids, which seems like a small difference, but it was enough for me. The characters were interesting, and there was some hilarious dialogue.

Emma was okay as a character. She started off as a bit too weak for my taste, but she grows stronger as the story progresses. Galen was fairly interesting, though his quick temper (which seems to be the temper of all Syrena) did make him unlikable a few times. But the chemistry between the two got more interesting as the story progresses, and the dialogue improves with each page.

The plot had a few stumbles along the way, like how Emma deals with the death of her best friend, Chloe. This happens right at the beginning of the book, and her death is so violent and scary, yet Emma doesn’t seem to be as affected as I expected her to be. And Emma’s mother isn’t consistent regarding keeping strict tabs on Emma vs. letting her do whatever with Galen. It doesn’t make sense, for multiple reasons. Also, the plot twists were rather predictable, though this didn’t bother me much for some reason.

I did like the Syrena lore that the author created. All the history of Poseidon and Triton, plus their abilities, were well planned out. And the underwater scenes were vivid and beautifully written. I felt like I was there. The Syrena culture was a bit shocking—women have absolutely no rights, not even about who they get to marry. As a result, Galen tries to order Emma about, which she resists with a strong will of her own. Many reviewers have criticized the story for this, but I was okay with it. Mostly because it’s culture that’s been around for generations, so it’s not going to change overnight. But it does make for some interesting scenes when Emma’s culture clashes with Galen’s. I’m guessing that Emma is going to bring about change in this arena, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Overall, I thought this was a fairly enjoyable book, with a few stumbles that I could overlook. 


S.A. Larsenッ said...

Hmmm...interesting. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one!

Jessie Harrell said...

I remember having the same sort of reaction. I was expecting really great things from it, but overall just found it enjoyable and ok. Perhaps that's my fault for setting my expectations too high based on a cover I loved. :)

Unknown said...

I know they were huge for a bit there, but I can't seem to get interested in mermaid books.

EW Gibson said...

Very honest review. I'm intrigued by your mention of the underwater scenes. Would be interesting to read the book just to get a feel of that. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly Hashway said...

I haven't read any mermaid books. I just can't seem to get into them.

Katja Weinert said...

The last two mermaid books I read were Lost Voices and Wake, and I felt the way you did about of Poseidon. I've yet to read a mermaid book that I absolutely loved.

Cath Brookes said...

This book was amazing! The ending left me on the edge of my seat! Can't wait for the next book!

Cath Brookes (Limo in Seattle)