Of Poseidon by Anna Banks – Review

June 9, 2014

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks is a YA fantasy novel which tells the story of Emma McIntosh who after a tragic incident at a beach meets Galan Forza, one of the Syrena, or merfolk, who believes Emma may be a Syrena of the line of Poseidon, putting her in a position to end wars between the merfolk.   Emma, on the other hand, knows nothing of her heritage.  I did enjoy Of Poseidon, and will very likely read the sequels at some point.  However, I wouldn’t say the book was fantastic or a must-read.  

What I liked

Fun protagonist.  I really liked the way Emma was written.  She is fun, sparky and realistic.  I enjoyed her interactions with Galen and the rest of his entourage.  I was disappointed we didn’t get to see more of her friendship with Chloe – that would have been fun to read about.  I felt the tragedy gave Emma more depth than she might have otherwise had.

Interesting subplots.  There are several subplots woven throughout the story and they were well done – it was also great the way they were woven into the main plot in the end reveal. 

The worldbuilding.  I enjoyed the world of the Syrena that Banks built, even though we didn’t get to see a great deal of it.  We learned of it mainly through the mythology and history and second hand from Galen and his friends.  I hope to see more of it first hand from Emma’s perspective in future books.

The narration.  I enjoyed Rebecca Gibel’s narration.  She brought out Emma’s spunkiness and Galen’s initial hastiness very well.

What I didn’t like

The romantic subplot.  I didn’t buy into the whole instant attraction thing.  I also felt the obstacle placed in the way of their romance was rather contrived.

Despite that, Of Poseidon is definitely a fun way to pass a few hours.  I gave it three and a half stars out of four.

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