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.