Emma, who is half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together. Alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.
Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn’t sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean-living Syrena and the land-dwelling, freshwater counterparts. They didn’t bargain for meeting a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love, but their ocean kingdoms.
In this stunning conclusion to her bestselling Syrena Legacy, Anna Banks thrills fans with more action and romance than ever.
New York Times Bestselling author of The Syrena Legacy series.
Grew up in a town called Niceville. No, seriously. And yes, everyone from Niceville is generally nice.
Let's see, things about me....My writer's cat is a mini wiener dog named Puckdoo. I can't walk in high heels, but I'm amazing at standing still in them. I'm the only person in Florida without a tan. I stole a car when I was 12 years old and drove across three state lines with it. Yeah. That's about it.
What I'm assuming my (as well as some others) reaction was when finding out that there was a 3rd book:
Not to hate on Anna or the series, but I can't imagine much of a good storyline to go off on with Book 2's ending. I suppose the Epilogue ended with a small opening of a possible 3rd book, but I don't know what other problem Emma and Galen could possibly deal with that may be life threatening (except the exposure of Syrena or something about Jagen since technically it wasn't completely resolved/mentioned how he was dealt with). I suppose those two can garner a great story, but as of now I can't see it.
...Actually now that I think about the title, is there a possibility of a new/unknown kingdom? If so, I can definitely see a good story coming from there. But please please PLEASE...no love triangle -_- (if there will be one). I'll admit that I enjoy love triangles from time to time, but I prefer knowing that I'm facing one when I'm starting a series rather having one pop up later.
I guess I will look forward to the 3rd book out of curiosity and that part of me that is still loyal to loving this series. As to whether or not this book will be in the POV of Emma, Galen, or both remains a mystery. I'm praying that I'll love this book and will hopefully be longer/more satisfying than the 2nd book!
“Emma, I will love you with every breath in my body and beyond my own death. I swear to be your shield, your protector, your worshipper. There is nothing I will deny you. I am yours.”
A great conclusion to a fun series!
To be honest, I was surprised when I heard there was going to be a third book in this series. Personally I thought book two had wrapped up the series fairly well. Boy was I mistaken. This book wrapped up any remaining plot holes from the first two books, and gave the readers the ending they've been wishing for.
After the death of Rachel in Of Triton, Galen has been having a rough time. He and Emma agree that some time away from everyone, just the two of them would be the best for a while. Before they both leave on their trip, Emma is given a cryptic suggestion from her grandfather for the two of them to head toward the mountains of Tennessee. There, they find a whole community of Syrena and humans living together in peace, including other half-breeds.
The discovery of the town of Neptune has Galen and Emma at odds with each other, Emma has finally found a place where there are others like her, and Galen sees a community breaking the law. Angst and drama ensues.
I really liked the beginning of this book, it started off very strong, but somewhere around the middle of the book it faded out for me and continued that way. I thought it was strange that pretty much right away Emma and Galen started fighting and not seeing eye to eye, because by the third book, these two should really be on the same page and not be indulging in angsty teen drama (even though I secretly loved it).
The ending was way too quick, it went from build up to --> everyone's good and happy now in 2.5 seconds. So closure was not exactly perfect, but congrats to the author on an enjoyable teen series. I will be recommending this to teen patrons at work in the future.
I've mentioned this in previous reviews (on other sites) that I don't really understand why the author switches her point of views between first and third person. Is there any real reason why Emma is first person and Galen is third? Because I found it to be unnecessary and distracting.
Honestly, this series is a guilty pleasure read for me, as it does a good job at dealing out angst.
And as I always say, 3 stars means I liked it/enjoyed it. I just didn't love this/wouldn't reread it.
I love how the majority of people say, "I LOVED OF TRITON!!!" Yet they have no faith in the author that brought them the first two books. Can't we just wait to see how "Of Neptune" is when it comes out and until then give Anna Banks the benefit of the doubt? Then if it sucks, let her and the rest of the world know? It like saying you don't like Mexican food when you've never had it. Or better yet, when you've had it twice and enjoyed it, yet you're skeptical of eating it for the third time at the same restaurant. Hold your rant and read it first. Gosh dang slow your roll. Give the author some cred and some time to show us something before you judge. I have faith in you, Anna.
This book was not necessary. It should have been a duology. I would have been PERFECTLY happy with just that.
Not every YA series needs to be a trilogy. Duology is just as good! 4 books, 5 books, 6 books. It doesn't matter. What authors need to figure out is which number of books best suits their storyline. I feel like authors these days feel that 3 books is the amount that they need to produce. It kills me because it hurts some series. Like The Syrena Legacy series. I have a fondness for the series, I really enjoyed the series, until I read this book. Now it's been reduced to a fondness.
I'll list out my problems with this book.
1). There's a feeble attempt at a love triangle in this book.
I'm not sure if it's a love triangle-esque element or if it's an attempt to shake up Emma and Galen's relationship. Either way, so not cool. It took away from the storyline! This other guy is such a weak character compared to Galen. He really didn't stand a chance, and I hated the wasted pages on him.
2). A whole new storyline is introduced.
The whole point of a series is to continue the plot/problem of the series. It just builds and builds and builds throughout the books. Not here it doesn't! There is a new plot and storyline. Totally separate from the other books. It wasn't even original. The idea was overused and warped into a Syrena-type problem.
3). The characters were annoying.
They were consumed by petty jealousy. They were either bickering or making out. Not realistic at all.
I read this book a long time ago, so I can't quite remember my other reasons for disliking this book. I LOVED the other two books, this one fell short for me.
Of Neptune was an unnecessary book. I hate love triangles and definitely did not like it in this book.
Of Neptune is the third and last book of The Syrena Legacy series. Thank god. Okay, so this book follows Emma and Galen's relationship. Yes, they are still in love but for some weird reason a love triangle forms in this book. Again, I hate love triangles and definitely felt like this one was ridiculous. Emma is and was a bad ass in this book. I definitely liked her a lot better in this book than I originally had which was, again, weird for me.
Galen was an idiot in this book. A jealous god damn idiot. Mostly because of Reed.. but I don't really know why. Reed was an okay character -just like Galen was to me - and I didn't really care who Emma ended up with. I mean, I guess I would've been irked if she picked Reed after reading about her romance blossoming between her and Galen for the past few books.
Besides the unnecessary shape love, the book was okay. It didn't really wow or amaze me but I can also accept how it ended? I just think I wanted the book series to be done with at this point. I was bored and all over the place with this series and just didn't care about it anymore. It needed to end in my eyes.
Warning: May contain spoilers for books one and two I hate to say it, but this was the worse book of the trilogy. If I'm being completely honest, there were several times last night I considered DNFing this book. The first two books were frustrating or unbelievable, but I couldn't make myself put them down. They were quick reads because even though they could make me groan out loud at times, the story and mythology and characters were still interesting, and the writing was really fast pace and easy to read. This book, however, dragged.
Emma and Galen go to a town full of Syrena, humans and Half-Breeds. Galen turns into a jealous jerk, and Emma turns into a flirty, indecisive, immature little girl who acts like she's never seen another male before. Yes, there is a love triangle. Final book in the trilogy, and Banks decides that a love triangle sounds like just thing to fill the pages. Emma and Galen get in a fight the first night there, and Galen ends up leaving. He pulls over as he's leaving town to change his mind, and is kidnapped. The majority of the book alternates between Galen being tortured and Emma giggling with Reed and not even thinking to be concerned about her boyfriend leaving and not answering any of her calls. The boy is super overprotective, and she never once thinks it suspicious that he abandoned her in a strange town for days without once even checking up on her.
Emma annoyed me so much in this book. Galen is grieving, so I forgive his actions at the beginning, but Emma does stupid thing after stupid thing. From purposefully saying cruel things to Galen in their fight, to everything she does in his absence. If a guy who wasn't my boyfriend was constantly trying to make moves on me, fight or not, I would spend less time with him not more. And the way she reacted to the advances made them seem like they were ok. And then she starts feeling all these things for Reed. That's when you cut yourself off.
And Reed was a slimey eel. He is supposedly all sweet and such, but he had less than zero respect for Emma's and Galen's relationship and for the word no. Even if she was acting like she would give him a chance, she told him she wouldn't and that she was with Galen and he wouldn't respect that. Even if they had broken up, it had been about 10 hours and he was already trying to swoop in, and that's slimey too. If he can't respect other's relationships, how can he be trusted to respect his own? Even if Galen was out of the equation, Reed shouldn't even be an option.
The love triangle, the whole book really, was pointless and unnecessary. The ending was cute, but an extended epilogue in Of Triton would have sufficed. This is one that you can skip and still feel like there was a satisfying ending to the story. Unless you loved the first two and like love triangles, then I wouldn't recommend this one.
Decided to give this a chance though. 4 stars for Galen's chapters, 1 star for Emma's.
Can't seem to get into it. I'm going to think that this series only have 2 books.
I'm guessing there's another breed/ group of syrena (Neptune). They will attack the Poseidon snd Triton community and Emma's gift will be useful at last. She may use her gift to order the sharks/whales to defend their territory.
Then she will be mated to Galen! Then they will have amazing fingerlings with amazing superpowers to save the day.
This review is for all three books—Of Poseidon, Of Triton and Of Neptune—because I read them in quick succession, because I didn't want to stop to write a review. 🤩
This is the "tale" of Emma, a high school senior, who learns that she is half Syrena (it's a mermaid/merman, but don't say that to their face) after meeting Galen, a gorgeous Syrena prince, who is allowed to visit land in order to study humans. Emma literally bumped into Galen on a beach in Florida where she and her best friend were vacationing before school started. Shortly after that, something horrible happens and Emma is distraught.
Fast forward to the first day of school back in New Jersey. Emma is sitting morosely in class when guess who walks in? If you said Galen, you'd be right! He realized upon meeting her over the summer, after seeing her lavender eyes and feeling "the pull", that she was Syrena, and he needed to investigate further.
Things don't go smoothly between them at first. Galen isn't human and he never seems to know the right thing to say or do. Plus, he's in all her classes (on purpose) and he comes off like a stalker. Things are different under the sea.
Needless to say, after several misunderstandings, they start hanging out, and Galen reveals her secret. Since she's only half Syrena, she can't form a tail, so, at first, she doesn't believe him. AND she's more than a little freaked out when she sees his.
But as she spends more and more time in the water, realizing that she can breathe and talk, she accepts what she is. Much of the first book is spent trying to discover who Emma's real parents are, since she figures it couldn't possibly be the only mom and dad she ever knew. We're also introduced to Galen's twin sister, Rayna, and her mate, Toraf (LOVE him 😍), as well as Rachel, the human woman whom Galen saved from drowning when he was a "fingerling". She used to work for The Mob and has an abundance of talents which she uses to assist Galen. This includes selling underwater treasures that Galen brings her, which makes him a ton of money. She plays his mom and does all the necessary human things for him, including purchasing his house and car, enrolling him in school, etc.
The second book picks up where the cliffhanger ending from the first book leaves off. Emma finds out who her mother is (her father had died when she was 15) and misunderstandings abound. When Galen and his older brother, Grom, the king, and the rest of the crew finally catch up with Emma and her mom, the truth of everything is revealed. But just when you anticipate a happy ending, things back in the underwater kingdom go awry. The future looks dim for the royals, as treacherous plots come to light, and Emma's half-breed existence is forcibly revealed.
The final book in the trilogy brings Emma and Galen to Neptune, a small town in Tennessee, where full-bloods and half-breeds coexist peacefully on land (next to lots of fresh water lakes and rivers), unbeknownst to their salt water brethren. The first person they meet is Reed, a friendly half-breed who has obvious eyes for Emma. After being invited (and going) to Reed's family's home for dinner, Galen is unhappy about being in Nepture. Later that evening, Galen and Emma have an argument, he leaves, and the adventure begins.
I really loved this series and highly recommend it to anyone who loves sweet and innocent YA romance. All the characters were well-written and the author gives you the chance to get to know each of them pretty well (relative to their importance in the story). This was my first mermaid book and I thought the author did a great job of making that world believable.
I was slightly disappointed with this book. I honestly thought the story could have ended with Of Triton. I felt that this book created its own problems and then solved them without adding much to the story. However, I did love how it ended and it was great to read an epilogue for Emma and Galen. Their relationship was one of the things I LOVED in Of Poseidon, and I was a little aggravated with what went on in this book regarding their relationship. Emma also frustrated me! I do love this world and the Syrena and I do recommend this trilogy!
Im glad there is a third book! I didnt want this series to end, its too good.
*Updated on June 1, 2014 Loved it! At first I forgot everything but I quickly remembered and I enjoyed the story very much. Reed annoyed the majority of the book. Galen had always been the one for me-although he is a tad too much protective. Both Emma and Galen annoyed me so much. They were both selfish and just...ugh! But I got the reasons why they both were. I hated how the story kept bouncing back and forth between Galen and Emma when Emma was talking to Tyrden and Galen was captured by Kennedy. Buuuuut...whatever. Good book.
Hi book. I do not believe you needed to exist. Galen and Emma were happy. You did not need to add the conflict of a love triangle. I don't appreciate all the relationship drama - there's a point when it gets to be too much for me. But, you are entertaining enough. The best part was the grandfather. He's a great character. If I do reread this series again, I'll probably only read the first two books.
I promised to update so here I am. There are so many things to talk about this book, but I don't want to spoil anything. I'll just leave a general review here.
Pros: Just as the first and the second book, I love the characters. I'm so overwhelmed to see how they dealt with each other, especially when they argue. They know how to solve them in their matured relationship way of arguing. Hahaha. I also love the writing and the plot where most of them as I have expected it gonna happen - not actually 100% predicted it will happen but...I guess you guys know what I'm trying to say, right??
Cons: The only thing I'm very disappointed with is our main female character Emma, who most of the time has been acting like s*** by being too stubborn and self-centered. She was not acting as she normally acts in book 1 and book 2. She's more matured. Gosh, I hate her so much in this book - almost giving up on my reading. But, yeay! I'm done with this.
If you guys are searching for mermaid type of book, I really recommend you guys with this trilogy. Even though it isn't perfect, but it's quite good - since it difficult for me to search for a mermaid story story.
Meine Gedanken zum Buch: Das Buch war für mich ein auf und ab der Gefühle und es gab Dinge darin, die fand ich schön, andere dafür weniger. Ich war ein Fan des ersten Teils, der zweite war etwas schwächer und für den dritten hatte ich wieder Großes erwartet. Wo wir wieder bei meinem altbekannten Problem wären: meine Erwartungen. Die waren auch hier zu groß und die Geschichte war einfach anders, als ich gedacht habe.
Was ich zwar richtig gut und cool fand war, dass Emma und Galen nach ihrem Zusammenkommen und der ganzen Ruhe nach dem Sturm im Meer, bei dem sich Emma vor den Syrenas und Archivaren beweisen musste, endlich Zeit für sich haben / bzw. hätten. Denn es fängt total süß an, dass sie gemeinsam glücklich sind und nicht die Finger voneinander lassen können. Klar war hier wieder der Ami-Stil bemerkbar, da sie keinen Sex vor dieser Fisch-Ehe haben dürfen, aber das war noch ein kleines Problem.^^ Dann fahren sie nämlich gemeinsam auf Urlaub und stoßen dabei auf andere Halblüter, so wie Emma eine ist – was ich wie gesagt, richtig cool fand. Doch statt etwas tolles daraus zu machen, eine neue Erfahrung für die beiden, die Emma und Galen zusammenschweißt, reißt es sie auseinander. Ich habe Galens Eifersüchteleien nicht gemocht und Emmas Naivität gegenüber Reed – einem Halblut – nicht verstanden. Beide haben mich dadurch ziemlich aufgeregt, wobei Emma mir viel, viel mehr auf die Nerven gegangen ist. Ich fand ihr Verhalten einfach gemein, naiv und auch ihre Gedanken teilweise etwas kurzsichtig und egoistisch. Wobei Galen immer alles für sie getan hat, denkt sie manchmal echt schlecht über ihn, was einfach nicht in meinem Kopf wollte.
Die ganze Sache mit den Halblütern und Entführung hätte man etwas spannender machen können oder so, dass sie nicht die ganze Zeit getrennt sind, was mich fast mit am meisten gestört hat. Ich glaube, die beiden waren nur die ersten zwei Kapiteln und dann die letzten zwei Kapiteln wirklich beieinander, sonst waren sie ständig getrennt. Und das fand ich wirklich schade. :/ Außerdem hätte ich gerne mehr von Toraf gehabt, den ich schon im ersten Buch ins Herz geschlossen habe. Aber manchmal bekommt man eben nicht das, was man erwartet und so war es hier auch leider der Fall.
Was ich gut fand ist, dass mich Banks manchmal an der Nase genommen und in die Irre geführt hat. Wer jetzt genau der Böse ist, von wem man es erwartet und von wem nicht. Das hat sie wirklich gut gemacht und dafür bekommt sie noch einen extra halben Punkt von mir.^^
Ansonsten waren mir dann das Ende und der Ausgang etwas zu schnell da und irgendwie hatte ich am Schluss das Gefühl, dass mir etwas fehlt, obwohl alles gut war. Dennoch kommt es mir vor, als wären doch noch ein paar lose Enden, die dann einfach im Epilog hastig in einem Satz abgehandelt wurden. Auch das hat mir nicht so gut gefallen. Nichtsdestotrotz hatte ich aber meinen Spaß und werde wohl wieder zu einem Buch der Autorin greifen, den Schreiben kann sie. :)
On a scale of 'this book sucked' to 'this was the best book i've ever read' this book falls about on 'why the hell was this even written.' Book one was amazing. Book 2 was okay, not great, not really needed, but fine. Had a solid ending and could have been a duology. Not a single word of this book was necessary. Not one. Reasons you ask? Well for starters, the author thought it would be a GREAT idea to add a love triangle in the last book of a trilogy. Not the first book, not the second book, no, the last book. Galen and Emma were basically the Syrena version of engaged and she thought a love triangle would make this more interesting. Well news flash: it doesn't. Which brings me to my second reason this book was useless: Emma and Galen spend approximately 100 pages of the book together. IF that. They are separated the entire book. It's actually pretty dumb to be honest. Like I really saw no point to this entire storyline. Neptune was a cool place IN THEORY, but needed to be a key plot point starting book 2, not book 3. The introduction of Reed was, again, pretty useless. Yes it was nice to meet another half breed, and I am sure I would have liked him under any other circumstances, but it is really hard to like a guy introduced in the third book of a trilogy to put a wrench in the main love interest.
The book really doesn't need to exist. Nor does book 2. Anna Banks could have made this story SO much better had she written book 1 and added a few conclusion chapters at the end of book 1. The book was very short it's not like it was a length thing. This would have been an amazing stand alone. So therefore I recommend you read book 1, I do, because it's amazing. But I don't really recommend going further than that because you'll just be wasting your time (and since I just wasted mine I feel like I can take one for the team and have wasted mine for the sake of everyone else).
A freaking love triangle? I may just pretend the second was the last.
Update After Reading:
More like *3.5 Stars*
I think I should have stuck with my initial response and left this one unread after seeing the love triangle aspect. How do you think it makes sense to throw in a love triangle in the last book? This third book served no other purpose aside from making this series a trilogy. It would have been better as a duology with a little reworking.
The conclusion of the Syrena Legacy series; I said it before, I never like the final book in any series-- this one included. I truly liked this series so don't get me wrong there, but what bothered me the most about this book was...drum roll...one character in particular, Emma.
I almost want to say that I have no idea what it is about her that is so irksome, but that isn't quite true since I know exactly what it is. It's really a combination of things: she's fickle, naive, selfish...and that's just the tip of the iceberg! While I could, for the most part, stand her in the previous books, I just could not stomach her in this one. You have no idea how much I wanted to ring her scrawny little neck! Here's why: for someone who "claims" to love Galen and what not, it sure is funny how once they have a disagreement she goes and flirts with another guy-- and kisses him on top of that. Her ridiculous logic is, "well I just don't know where I stand will Galen? I'm not sure if we're even still together!" (cue the whiny, damsel-in-distress voice). It's not like they had even broken up, and she's already gallivanting around town with another dude. What's even worse is that she had suspected that something may have happened to Galen during this time. So basically, she was more worried about another dude than her own boyfriend.
Then you have Emma free falling into the unknown, when it concerns the town of Neptune. You don't know these people, so how are you so sure they aren't plotting something despicable? Oh that's right, you don't-- which is probably why you almost were caught up! I could totally see Emma running into traffic because she thinks she'll "find herself" there like she thought in Neptune. She has no qualms about endangering others- it's very unbecoming of her, to be honest.
Anyways enough about her. Galen is...well..Galen: too nice for his own good. I like him though, and I admire his bravery in times of turmoil. There wasn't much of Nalia, Rayna or Grom, so I don't really have an opinion on them-- but I like their characters as well. Reed is actually funny, in an annoying, girlfriend stealing kind of way.
The plot was great, as I wasn't sure where it was leading. I do want to see more of the story just to see how everything works out. Also to see if Emma and Galen have little sea children together (gag!).
Well this series really took a tumble downhill after book one! I really enjoyed the start of the series but this book was just too much, I couldn’t take it. The characters were annoying and whiny and add in a love triangle and I’m out! My advice, read book one, maybe book two and then forget this one exists.
Ah, I love happy endings. More importantly, I love this happy ending because Emma and Galen are one of my favorite fiction couples to date! I do wish that this book focused more of Emma and Galen together (they were seperated for majority of the book) but the ending helped me look past it. I must say I am a little disappointed that this is the final book in the series, I would to see how Emma and Galen's relationship develop during marriage. I would also love to have seen more of the relationship between Neptune and the kingdoms, but oh well. And Reed. I don't hate Reed, but I can't say I like him either. I don't think he was a awful as everyone portrayed him to be, however I couldn't stand the lack of respect he had for Emma and Galen's relationship. All and all, this book was a nice conculsion to the series. Although I wouldn't mind if a novella was published with more details about Emma and Galen!
Of this trilogy, I think I may have ended up enjoying this book the most. Quite surprising and unexpected considering the introduction of a character whose death I wished for repeatedly.
I will say that the plot of this book was the strongest out of all three books. It was the one I found most interesting and had me wanting to just keep reading because I needed to know how things were going to end. There was more of a mystery element to this book and some quite shocking plot twists that tied in very well with the first two books.
What I didn't like was the god damn bloody effing love triangle. Reed was one of the most obnoxious and egotistical characters I've had the displeasure of encountering.
Overall a great mermaid series but it could have been done better. Not every story needs a love triangle.