Review: Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy #1) by Anna Banks



Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom…

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.


Hi y’all Amy here! I bought this book two years ago when I was in Florida and I immediately loved it the first time I read it. That’s why I’m reviewing it for you today, because this is a book you must have on your tbr.

Emma always thought she was just a normal girl, apart from the easy blushing, a skin so white she could be a ghost and the extreme clumsiness, the only odd thing about her, her violet eyes. That is, until she meets Galen. ‘Meet’ is a bit of an, ah well, extreme term. She literally crashed into him, her cheek plastered to his nude chest, because they are on the beach in Florida. Awkward…

I ease away from him and peer up. The fire on my cheeks has nothing to do with the fact that it’s sweaty-eight degrees in the Florida sun and everything to do with the fact that I just tripped into the most attractive guy on the planet. Fan-flipping-tastic.

Galen is one gorgeous piece of ass. And he has the same violet eyes as Emma, which is weird since in her whole life, she has never met anyone with those same eyes. They eventually part ways, and Emma returns to the Jersey Shore, her home, after a terrible accident. She thinks she’s never going to see him again, until after the summer he’s suddenly in her class, hotter than the last time she saw him.

My dreams really do not do him justice. Long black lashes, flawless olive skin, cut jaw like an Italian model, lips like- for the love of God, have some dignity nitwit.

Galen thinks he knows why Emma is different, he’s pretty positive why. She’s the same as he.  And Galen is Syrena (you can compare Syrena to mermaids, even though that is an insult to them) and a Royal Prince. Galen has made it his job to make Emma believe. And well you can imagine it’s quite a shock when you find out you can breathe- and talk! – under water. That demands an explanation.

“I’m what?” I say. “Syrena. That’s what we – including you- are called.” “Syrena? Not mermaids?” Galen clears his throat. “Uh, mermaid?” “Really? You’re gonna go there now? Fine, merman- wait I wouldn’t be a merman.” Really though, what do I know about fish gender. Except that Galen is definitely a male, no matter what species he is.

Galen can swim faster than a speedboat, he can talk underwater and doesn’t have to come back up to catch a breath. Emma can’t. Sure, she can stay underwater longer than any human while having a normal conversation, but she’s not the same as Galen.

Dad always said I had a good pair of lungs, but I doubt this is what he meant.

Galen has a fin, like a merman, like a shark. But only when he’s in the water. He wants to help Emma become a full Syrena, too. Because she might be of big importance to the Syrena.

“You want to help me turn into a fish.”
“Something like that.”

I’m not going in deeper on what happens next, because that would be called spoiling and I just want you to read it for yourself, because it’s such a good book!

I love the characters, Emma and Galen. Emma is stubborn, and doesn’t like to be told what to do. She is fierce and loves to learn. Galen is, besides the obvious, hot, funny and very protective. He isn’t used to humans and their language, and a lot of things are new to him, which is funny to read. Like, he doesn’t know what dating is, but his personal human assistent, Rachel, explained to him that it’s something similar as mating. Which is ‘finding an island’ because that’s the only way Syrena can do the sexy times: when they’re human.

“So did anyone explain you how to chill?” Galen shrugs. “As far as I can tell, chillin’ is the equivalent of being in a coma, only awake.”

So besides, Galen and Emma, there are two sidekick characters who are absolutely hilarious. You have Rayna, who is Galen’s twin sister and she is the most bad tempered and reared character I have ever encountered. And she is a huge blabbermouth. Then you have Galen’s best friend Toraf, who also happens to be mated with Rayna. Toraf is awesome, he’s that best friend character who’s funny and sarcastic but who always has your back.

I really love this story. It’s fresh and original, and it has, besides the serious moments, also a lot of funny moments. I mean, Galen takes Emma on a ‘date’ to see the Titanic. Yes, the real one, on the oceanfloor. That is pretty wicked if you ask me.

There’s not one boring moment in the book, it’s constantly going somewhere, but not in an annoying way. I also liked the story is told from both Galen and Emma point of views, but what I did find a bit weird is that Emma is told as ‘I’ and Galen as ‘he.’ It would have been more logical, in my opinion, to just write them both from the I-sense. That is, however, the only flaw in the book I could find. Of Poseidon ends on a huge cliffhanger so make sure you have the sequel, Of Triton, in handreach when you finish this book!

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