Book Review: Of Triton

Book Review: Of TritonOf Triton by Anna Banks
Series: Of Poseidon #2
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 28th 2013
Pages: 256
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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?

This year has been a roller coaster for book sequels. Some I have loved, some I almost wish I hadn't read. When I got my hands on Of Triton, I was dreading diving back into this series. Of Poseidon, book one of the series, left me with some really conflicting feelings, and I didn't know if I wanted to go through that again.

One of the first things I noticed about Of Triton was its slimness. Now, I normally do not pay attention to book size, but for some reason, this time it mattered to me. Mainly, due to one of the issues that I had with book one: its pacing and long periods of downtime. So, my interest was immediately piqued when I noticed that Of Triton was much slimmer than I anticipated. Would that slimness help or hurt Of Triton? At first, I didn't have a clue, but I quickly discovered my answer.

Now, sometimes I need a little bit of a refresher when entering a sequel. There have been too many sequels that I have had to cast aside this year simply due to not having a clue as to what exactly I am getting into. And if you are like me, then Of Triton has you covered. Anna Banks easily handles the transition from Of Poseidon to Of Triton. No matter if you read book one last week or last year, getting started with Of Triton is effortless.

So good, Of Triton passed my first sequel test. What about the rest?

The answer: Of Triton is amazeballs. Okay, so that may not be a word. But Of Triton kicked the pants off of Of Poseidon. Everything about Of Triton flowed as it should have. The character progression and development, the secrets that carried over from book one, all of it worked. There was no dead time in the plot. Of Triton went beyond everything that I thought I would get. But it is not all sunshine and rainbows.

One issue that I had a problem with in Of Poseidon reared its ugly little head again. The issue of death. In Of Poseidon, death was swept under the rug. One of the secondary characters had passed away, our main character gets a little sad, depressed, then the world moved on, like it never even happened. Sadly, the same thing happens in Of Triton. This time around the death of a character was handled better, but I still feel like it was lacking. That I, as a reader, was not given time to grieve for the character, or really even made to care much about the death.

Final Verdict:
I am really glad that I decide to brave Of Triton. All the doubts I had going into this read disappeared pretty quickly, and left me, frankly, in shock by how much I was enjoying this read.

Will there be more?
I have no clue. Of Triton ends on a pretty solid note, and while I don't think there will be more, I have seen books start with less than what Of Triton leaves hanging.

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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