Banks, Anna. Of Neptune. (The Syrena Legacy trilogy) Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends 2014 330p $17.99 ISBN 978-1-250-03960-6 jr/sr Fantasy VG-BN
This well written, exciting novel, the third and last in The Syrena Legacy trilogy, keeps readers on the edge of their seats beginning on page 1. A well-developed, complex and adventure-filled plot engages and entertains throughout. While the plot and characters are complicated, Anna Banks has provided such detailed descriptions that the reader will not become confused.
Emma, a half breed who is in possession of the Gift of Poseidon, and her intended, Galen, a Triton prince, are seeking an inland vacation to decompress from a previous tragedy and in celebration of their recent high-school graduations. As the pair plans their trip, Emma’s grandfather Antonis makes an ominous and vague suggestion that they should change their destination. Not sure what they will encounter, Emma and Galen change the ultimate location of their vacation to Tennessee. The adventure the couple encounters on this journey is action-packed and suspenseful, and it leads to the pair questioning the likelihood of their successful mating, as well as threatening to change their kingdoms forever.
Anna Banks has created a twenty-first century novel that combines real life with links to mythology. She successfully uses the legends of Poseidon, Triton, and Neptune and leads the reader to think “why not?” and half believe that these tales may be true. Having not read the previous two books in the trilogy, this reviewer knows that this book can definitely stand alone without confusing readers; however, now I cannot wait to read the first two books.
Of Neptune is the final book in The Syrena Legacy trilogy. The first two books are Of Poseidon and Of Triton; however, Anna Banks has written this book in a manner in which it can stand alone without prior knowledge of the other books.
Summary: Emma, a half-breed but bearer of the Gift of Poseidon, and her intended, Galen, a Triton prince, are seeking an inland vacation, but when the pair is ominously directed to Tennessee by Emma’s grandfather Antonis, they experience an adventure that will change their kingdoms forever.
Mythology-Fiction --Virginia McGarvey