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Of Triton by Anna Banks

Thursday, August 27, 2015 Geraldine 0 Comments

The Breakdown

Excellent:
  • The cover 
Meh:
  • Over-extension of the ending
Rating: 3 stars

The 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?

There's only one thing to be said about this book; it wasn't as good as Of Poseidon, its predecessor. This is due to many factors, like over-extension of the ending. However, there were some excellent additions to Of Triton, that do make it an enjoyable read.

The ending wrapped up okay; it doesn't really seem that there is a premise for a sequel. In addition to this, I felt like the ending was extended a bit. The drama had pretty much all ended, but then, it was unexplicably extended to incorporate Emma, Galen and Rayna essentially being the heroes of the day. This, for me, was a weak ploy to get me to like these characters even more. I felt like she should have ended it right there and then, and tried to solve the remaining problems in the next book, so that there would be lead-up and anticipation for Of Neptune.

The characters were virtually the same as the previous book, in that they were realistic, but not very sympathetic with their actions. This is especially so with Nalia, whose actions in many scenes would be expected, but were not painted in a good light.

The romance seen in Of Poseidon increased so much more in Of Triton.It was essential, like in Of Poseidon, but at times, I felt like Banks was going overboard and placing too much emphasis on it. Sure, the circumstances have changed, but there was more of Twilight-ness in the story, with the addition of Mark, a guy at Emma's school who fancies her.

Of Triton, like Of Poseidon was rather easy to read, the words flowing smoothly. Banks uses her way with words to describe a lot of the underwater scenes in Of Triton.

So much more is revealed in Of Triton, that the mythology is still kept strong. The mysterious Syrena are also examined more closely, with more underwater scenes happening. This showcased Banks excellent world-building, where she created an interesting world. The plans of Jagen, the villain were also introduced, and

Despite my dislike for some of this book, it still was pretty good overall, deserving of 3 stars. It was solid though I expected more from Banks. I'll be keeping Of Neptune circled on my calendar however; I can't wait to see how it will all end!

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine

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