Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Review: Of Poseidon by Anna BanksOf Poseidon by Anna Banks
Series: The Syrena Legacy #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on 05/22/2012
Genres: Humor, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Amazon

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 think I might have  had my expectations too high for this book.   I was left a bit disappointed when I had finished the story.  I’m not saying I didn’t like this book, or that I don’t recommend it, but I didn’t like it like I was expecting to.  Let’s talk about the things I liked, first.

I loved the whole idea of the Syrena.  The idea of a whole society of merfolk (but don’t let them hear you call them that!) at the bottom of the ocean is fascinating.  I grew up watching The Little Mermaid, so I really think merfolk are fascinating.

I also liked the main characters, Emma and Galen.  This book is sort of told in alternating points-of-view.  One chapter will be from Emma’s point-of-view, and then the next will follow Galen (although these chapters are non 1st person POV).  But this allows the reader to know where Galen and Emma are coming from in their reactions.

I really did get a kick out of Rayna and Toraf (although there was something that bothered me a lot about their relationship – see spoilers below if you are interested).

I did find it a bit predictable, but that doesn’t always bother me.  I usually find the “how they got there” more interesting than trying to figure out what is going to happen.  But all the same, I did think it was pretty easy to figure out somethings early on, and I kept wondering why Galen and Emma didn’t realize it.

I was also expecting this book to be very funny.  I read a character interview on a blog (I can’t remember which one, now) with Galen and Toraf and it was really funny.  Although this book has funny parts, it wasn’t as humorous as I thought it would be.   This might not bother a lot of people.  I just love humor in my stories, so I was sad that the writing wasn’t as humorous as I was expecting.  I did get a kick out of the Syrena not knowing about certain parts of human life.

So I am big on not having spoilers in my reviews, but I really want to discuss some aspects of this book.  That’s why I started a book blog, so that I could discuss the books I’ve read.  Below are some of the things that bothered me about the book.  They definitely are spoilers, so don’t read them if you don’t want to know too much about Of Poseidon.  View Spoiler »

Overall, I am glad that I read this book, but my expectations were probably too high.  It ends with a major cliffhanger, which is really frustrating!  I think I am getting a bit burned out with cliffhanger endings, and maybe even series in general.

If you’ve read this one, please let me know what you thought about it in the comments below.

You can read a short story written by Anna Banks about Grom and Nalia here.  This is a prequel to Of Poseidon.


One Response to “Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks”

  1. Merin

    You and I basically had some of the same issues with this book! I was definitely disappointed with it, although I’m willing to give the second one a shot just to see if things get better. If you’re interested, my review is here.

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