Author: Tracy Deebs
Published: June 4th 2013 by Walker Childrens
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Description: Half-mermaid Tempest Maguire is trying to have it all: fulfilling her duties as second-in-line to the merQueen Hailana while periodically returning home to the California coastline to be with her family and longtime boyfriend, Mark. Living under the sea and rebuilding Coral Straits is grueling work, while being back home reminds her of everyone she loves and misses. But when her old flame Kona arrives bearing news that Hailana has died and Tempest is now officially merQueen, she returns permanently to Coral Straits--even though it devastates her family and rips her apart from Mark. Once there, she discovers that an old enemy has resurfaced, hell-bent on taking over her throne...with or without her. As Tempest prepares for her final showdown against Tiamat and anyone who stands with her, she must decide what--and who--is really important to her. Because there will be few survivors in the ultimate sea battle that is brewing--and Tempest isn't sure she will be one of them.
I Give This ...
I Give This ...
I was a little hesitant for this one. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, but the second left me a little unhappy with events. I was hoping that Tempest would be able to redeem herself a little bit. Plus, I knew this was the final book in the series, and I wasn't about to give up.
The beginning proved that Tempest was still thinking of herself. Hailana is on her death bed, but Tempest goes off to shore believing everything will be fine. I don't think she really thought that, it was just what she kept telling herself to justify her actions. I understood she wanted to keep her humanity. But, she truly needed to recognize when visiting the mainland was appropriate.
When we learn that Hailana has died. It doesn't take Tempest long to realize that havoc her absence has created. Her kingdom has been taken over and the mermaids have never fully trusted Temptest, so they allow the take over almost willingly. And her kingdom isn't the only one. Every ocean creatures kingdom has been taken over by one of Tiamat's minions. Those who haven't been killed and wish to fight have to taken refugee on a hidden island that belongs to Kona's clan. And most of these people don't trust Tempest either, despite the prophecy that she might be the only one who can take down Tiamat.
This book is definitely darker that the previous stories. Tempest is tortured almost to the point of death. The events are exactly highlighted, but you know what happening and the effects it has on Tempest. There is also a lot of other ocean creatures killed throughout the story. When this time of book comes to its climax, you can almost guarantee I was that someone you love in the story is going to die. Unfortunately, I was correct in this assumption. Thankfully it wasn't one of my beloved characters.
I was satisfied with the ending for the most part. I admit I'm still disappointed in her choice in the love triangle. First time I've ever routed for the other guy. The actual events were fine though. An interesting take on the supernatural ocean world!