Incredibly Good: A Review of OF TRITON by Anna Banks

Anna Banks
256 pages
Publisher: Macmillan
Release Date: May 28th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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?

There’s something about Anna Banks’s writing that is genius. It’s funny, yet at the same time serious, and paints a picture so vividly that you can’t help but wonder if you need an oxygen tank for when she takes us beneath the surface.

In one sentence: OF TRITON is incredibly good.

In her sophomore debut, Anna Banks continues the story that began with a gigantic (unputdownable) splash in OF POSEIDON. I’ve said this before, but I’m a huge fan of mermaids, and this series takes the cake. And while I first had a feeling it might falter with a case of second-book-syndrome, it didn’t. It blew my fears away with unexpected twists, character banter (which I ADORE) and a story that was just as good as the first.

The stakes felt higher in OF TRITON. With scandal and treason going against the Royals, Emma’s life was pretty much on the rocks. Which reminds me: Emma was as awesome in OF TRITON as she was in OF POSEIDON. And if you haven’t read Anna Banks’s debut, get on that. ASAP.

While some people found the dual POV of first-person and third-person confusing, I found it genius. Switch to the author’s point of view and think about how difficult it could be to get voice in third-person that differs the first. Yep, it isn’t easy. Yet Anna Banks makes it seem effortless, and while switching POVs may seem unnecessary, believe me, it is.

There isn’t much to say about OF TRITON other than: it is so good, you need to pick it up. Because that’s just what it is. I don’t usually pick up novels that are more humor than serious. But OF TRITON, and its predecessor, OF POSEIDON, aren’t more humor than serious – they combine both into a completely unbelievable must-read series.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Claire K.

    May 21, 2013

    I really want to read this!

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    May 21, 2013

    I haven't read the first one yet – but now it's moved up on my list! THanks for this!

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    Courtney Ann

    May 22, 2013

    I was a bit disappointed in the first novel, OF POSEIDON. But even so, I cannot say anything bad about Anna Banks's writing style, I do find it gorgeous. Same with her covers: breathtaking. I did happen to request this novel on netgalley but forgot to download it before the archive date! (Me and my rotten timing!) So now I much go and take it out of my library in order to see what is going on between these two rivaling mermaid societies :) Thank you for the review, Hafsah.