Title: Of Poseidon
Author: Anna Banks
Series: Syrena Legacy #1
Next Book: Of Triton
Source: Personal Purchase
Description from Goodreads:
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 bought Of Poseidon at the Fierce Reads signing I went to and picked it up as part of a buddy read in a Goodreads group I’m in, and I was pretty much hooked. However, this is going to be a really hard review for me to write because much like when I read Twilight, I’m not sure I can really pick out and explain what I liked about it, but I’ll sure try.
Of Poseidon starts off with a bang, or should I say a crash, as it literally starts out with Emma tripping into a guy on the beach, who ends up being Galen. After completely embarrassing herself and a bit of small talk, she and her friend, Chloe, go in the water, where Chloe is killed by a shark. However, it is during this encounter that Galen realizes that Emma seems to have the gift of Poseidon, meaning that she can talk to (and be understood by) fish. The rest of the book basically is based on Galen trying to see if this is true and helping Emma realize her potential.
I guess one of the things that I really liked and that kept me flipping pages was that there seems to be some ambiguity on what is really going on with Emma. She has the eyes of the Syrena but not the coloring. She seems to be able to communicate with fish, but she doesn’t seem to be able to grow a fin. She also is completely unaware of the existence of Syrena, let alone her possible connection to them. As she learns more and more about Galen, the Syrena, and most importantly, herself, we do too. We don’t learn anything before she does, though we may get some ideas and be able to predict things that are going to happen.
The interaction between Galen and Emma was really interesting to me as well, though she frustrated me sometimes. She seems totally oblivious to the fact that he seems interested in her. Some of my favorite scenes, though, was when someone would have to explain human sayings or items to Galen. Looking at some of our sayings from an outsider’s perspective can really be quite amusing. The secondary characters of Rayna, Toraf, and Rachel were great, too. Actually, the interactions between Rayna and Toraf were always good for a laugh as well.
In the Buddy Read thread, I saw a couple of people say that the ending was predictable, but I didn’t find it so. I mean, I definitely predicted several of the aspects of the ending, but I didn’t see how the pieces fit together until I read it. I also found the ending to be really great as far as making me want to immediately read the next book. All of the important aspects of Of Poseidon were dealt with and tied up, but the book itself ended with a major revelation, making me very eager to get my hands on the next book for more information.
I’m not going to do a full-on review for it, so I’m also going to mention that the paperback version I read had a bonus prequel short story at the end, Legacy Lost, that had the back story of what happened between Grom and Nalia. If you’re interested in back story, it’s worth the read. It was only about 30 pages long, so definitely a quick easy way to get a little more information.
Overall, though it’s hard to explain why, I really enjoyed Of Poseidon. I liked that not only did it cover a nontraditional paranormal creature but that it also took a slightly different approach to those creatures. I would definitely recommend this one.