Of Neptune (Syrena Legacy Series #3)

Of Neptune (Syrena Legacy Series #3)

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by Anna Banks
     
 

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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 and

Overview

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 and land-dwelling, freshwater Syrena. 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.

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From the Publisher

“. . . series fans will enjoy Banks' trademark blend of action and romance and the giddily satisfying happy ending.” —Booklist

“...[has] a great deal of charm.” —Publishers Weekly

“…intriguing…” —School Library Journal

“A refreshing story filled with vibrant characters, feisty humor, and an irresistible romance. This story of star-crossed lovers in a luscious coastal setting brings new life to the age-old myth of merfolk and left me swooning for more!” —Marissa Meyer, New York Times–bestselling author of Cinder

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250060914
Publisher:
Feiwel & Friends
Publication date:
05/13/2014
Series:
Syrena Legacy Series , #3
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
26,464
Lexile:
HL680L (what's this?)
File size:
849 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Of Neptune


By Anna Banks

Feiwel and Friends

Copyright © 2014 Anna Banks
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-250-06091-4


CHAPTER 1

I DIG my bare feet into the sand, getting just close enough to the water for the mid-morning waves to tickle my toes. Each lazy wave licks my feet, then retreats as if beckoning me into the Atlantic Ocean, whispering of adventure. Of mischief.

Of peace-and-freaking quiet.

Which is all I want after this past summer. What with Jagen's attempt to take over the kingdoms, our near discovery by humans, me leading a wall of fish to an underwater tribunal — we barely had room to breathe. And then our breath was all but stolen away from us when Rachel drowned.

We deserve a break from it all, Galen and I. But it doesn't look like we're getting one.

Behind me, the wind hauls with it the occasional shout erupting from my house. The bellows of Galen and his older brother Grom taint the air with a rancor that repels me farther from the house and deeper into the water. I roll up my pajama pants and, letting the saltwater have its way with my calves, try to ignore the words I can make out between the squawks of seagulls overhead.

Words like "loyalty" and "privacy" and "law." I cringe when I hear the word "grief." That word comes from Grom, and after it, no words come from Galen. It's a kind of silence I've come to recognize from him. One filled with anguish, torment, guilt, and the overwhelming need to say or do something to hide it.

But there is no hiding that Rachel's death mauled the deepest parts of him. She was more than just his assistant. She was his closest human friend. Maybe the others don't see the depths of it. If they did, they wouldn't throw it in his face or use it against him. But I do see it. I know what it's like to have so much heartache you come to despise the air that keeps you alive.

Galen doesn't cry. He doesn't talk about her. There seems to be a part of Galen that belonged to Rachel, and she took that part with her. What's left of him is trying hard to function without the missing piece, but it can't quite coordinate. Like a car running on empty.

I want to help him, to tell him I know how he feels. But comforting someone is different than being comforted. In a way, it's harder. I went through this after Dad died of cancer. After my best friend Chloe was attacked by a shark. But I still don't know what to do or say to make it better for Galen. Because only many, many sunrises can soften the pain. And it hasn't been long enough for that yet.

I feel bad that I left my mom in the kitchen to deal with this mess by herself. Poseidon princess that she is, this is a difficult problem to navigate alone. But I can't go back in yet. Not until I think of a fantastic excuse for why I thought it was okay to abandon a very serious and very-important-to-Galen conversation. I should be there with them in the kitchen, standing beside him, arms crossed, giving Grom the stank eye to reiterate that I am not his Royal subject and that I'm on Galen's side no matter what that might involve.

But it's hard to face Grom like that when I'm kinda sorta in agreement with him. Especially since the Triton king is one of the most intimidating people I've ever had the misfortune to meet. He would hone in on my reluctance. He would see through me if I put up pretenses about the trip.

This stupid trip.

Last year at prom — well, our own version of prom, which involved dancing underwater in Armani — we promised each other we would take a trip to the mountains. To get away from it all, or whatever. And at first, this whole summer jaunt inland with Galen seemed like a good idea to me. Actually, it seemed like unfiltered heaven. He's adamant that he wants to be alone with me. To make up for all the time we lost mutually denying our feelings for each other. Then the time we spent fending off Jagen's advance on both the kingdoms. And what could be better than that? Spending private time with Galen is about a ten on my Ecstasy-O-Meter. Of course I want to steal back all of the lost time — I'd steal the time before we actually met if I could somehow bribe the universe to grant wishes.

But the bigger reason — the real reason — I think Galen wants to get away is Rachel. I know he wants a change in scenery. He wants to get away from the house they shared together. Especially from the now maddeningly quiet kitchen where she used to click around in stilettos while preparing him delectable seafood dishes. The house used to smell of cooking food and swirling Italian perfume and possibly gunpowder if you came on the right day.

And don't I know how that feels? Waking up every day in my bedroom full of all things Chloe was like getting a daily, fast-acting injection of painful memories. Staring at my dad's empty place setting at the table felt like watching vultures of the past circling around his empty chair. But Galen hasn't allowed himself to start the grieving process. And this trip seems to be an attempt to keep it at bay even longer. Which can't be healthy. And since it's not healthy, I feel more like an enabler than a supporter.

Either way, I should go back now. I should go back and be there for Galen and tell Grom that no matter his reasons Galen needs this trip. Then express my own concerns with Galen privately. I should be there for him now and support him in front of the others, just as he would for me — just as he's already done for me.

I'll need to explain myself — why I left during the conversation in the first place — say something so that I don't look like the jerk that I am. Tact hasn't been my specialty lately. I'm thinking Galen's sister Rayna is contagious, and she's somehow infected me with her rudeness. But maybe tact isn't what I need. Maybe I should try her truth. The truth would only embarrass Galen, I decide. And make him feel even more alone.

Or maybe I'm just being a quivering chicken about the whole thing.

I guess I have to take an honest-to-God stab at tact. Lovely.

As soon as I turn to go back, I sense my grandfather in the water. The pulse of the Poseidon King Antonis coils around my legs like a tightening string. Fanfreaking-tastic. Just what we need. Another Royal opinion on the matter of our road trip.

I wait for him to surface, trying to think of a great excuse as to why he shouldn't go to the house. I've got nothing. Anything I say will come off as unwelcoming, when really, I'd like to see him more often. He's high up on the list of people — well, people who have a fin — I'd like to spend time with. But now is not a good time for spending.

It's not long before my excuse to shoo him away presents itself in the form of Naked Grandfather. I cover my eyes, irritation bubbling up against my will. "Really? You really forget every single time you change into human form to put shorts on? You cannot go in the house like that."

Grandfather sighs. "My apologies, young Emma. But you must admit, all these human traditions are a bit overwhelming. Where might I find a short?"

That clothes seem like a mountainous burden to him reminds me that our worlds are spectacularly different. And that I could learn a lot from him. Without unshielding my eyes, I point toward the water, in the exact opposite direction I know Galen has a pair hidden. When in doubt, stall. "Try over there. Under the slab of rock. And they're called shorts, not 'a short.'"

"I'm afraid you'll have to bore someone else with your human expressions, young one. I couldn't possibly care less." I hear him disappear under the water, surfacing several seconds later. "The short is not here."

I shrug. "Guess you can't go in then." This is going better than I thought it would.

I can practically feel him crossing his arms at me. Here we go.

"You think I'm here to object to your going inland with Galen."

My mouth drops open. And I stutter excessively when I say, "Well. Um. Aren't you?" Because so far, he's done nothing but play hall monitor between me and Galen. A few months ago, he walked in on us while we were making out, and Galen nearly passed out because of it. Ever since then Galen has been terrified of disappointing the Poseidon king, so Grandfather's negative opinion on this trip might actually be a game changer.

Which is why he cannot go in the house.

I hear Grandfather melt into the water, and he confirms it with, "You can turn around now." Only his shoulders and chest are above the waves. He smiles. It's the kind of adoring smile I've always imagined a grandfather gives his grandchildren when they bring him their most hideous Crayola creation. "I'm certainly not happy about you going inland, of course. I had wanted to spend a bit more time together, too. But I know from past experience that Poseidon princesses are not inclined to care about my opinion."

It's kind of cool to be referred to as a princess, even though my mother is the princess of Poseidon territory. Still, I raise a get-to-the-point brow. Grandfather responds best to frank and direct.

"I'm here to speak to you, Emma. Only you."

Mortified, I wonder if there exists a Syrena expression for "the birds and the bees talk." Probably there is, and it's probably some god-awful analogy having to do with plankton or worse.

In the distance, we hear a shout of outrage. He cocks his head at me. "Why aren't you in there helping your prince?"

If I thought I felt guilty before ... But then I remember that this business is not for Grandfather's nose. I'm actually doing Galen a favor by stalling now. "Because if I stay there any longer, I'll grow a beard from all the testosterone hovering in the air." Of course, my answer is over his head; he indicates this with a bored-silly eye roll. Syrena do not know — nor apparently care — what testosterone is.

"If you don't wish to tell me, that is fine," he says. "I have trust in your judgment." More shouting from behind me. Maybe my judgment sucks after all. I'm about to excuse myself, when he says, "It's better this way, that they're distracted. What I have to say is for your ears only, young Emma." A seagull overhead drops a bomb then, and it lands cleanly on Grandfather's shoulder. He mutters some fishy expletive and swishes saltwater over the offending white glob, setting it off to sea. "Why don't you come into the water, so we can close some of the distance between us? I'd rather someone didn't overhear. Here, I'll change back to Syrena form if that will make you more comfortable."

I wade into the Atlantic, not caring to roll up my pajamas this time. I pass a large crab who looks like he's tempted to nip at me. I squat in the water, submerging my entire head, and come face-to-face with the crab. "If you pinch me," I tell it, "I'll pick you up and throw you on the beach for the gulls." The Gift of Poseidon — the ability to talk to fish — does have its advantages. Bossing around marine life is just one of them.

I've come to realize crabs in particular throw mini temper tantrums. I wonder if that's where the term "crabby" came from in the first place. He scuttles away, as if I've ruined his whole day. When I resurface and reach Grandfather, I can no longer touch the ground. Gliding up to him, I say, "So? We're as private as we can be."

Then he smiles at me like I am the reason he is floating instead of the waves or his powerful fin. "Before you leave on your adventure, young Emma, I need to tell you about a town called Neptune."

CHAPTER 2

GALEN GRABS an orange from the fruit basket in front of him. If only he could channel his rage into the orange. Somehow inject his fury into the confines of the peel instead of showing his indignation all over his face.

The same way his older brother Grom wears indifference as a second skin.

But I am not Grom, the impervious Triton king. Galen squeezes the fruit so hard it becomes a disemboweled mess of peel, seeds, and juice on the kitchen counter. It feels good to squeeze the innards out of something. Galen can think of a million feelings inside himself right now that he'd like to pour out onto the counter next to the juice of the orange. But it would have no effect on Grom. Grom is immune to feelings.

Grom rolls his eyes, while Nalia casually grabs some paper towels from the cabinet.

"Was that really necessary?" Grom says.

Nalia makes quick work of cleaning up the orange. Galen gives her an apologetic look. He would have cleaned it up eventually, after he and Grom came to an agreement on the matter of this road trip. But then Nalia returns a look of pity. Galen's so tired of everyone's pity. But Nalia's pity isn't about Rachel. Nalia feels sympathetic toward Galen because she thinks he won't win this argument. That he is no match for Grom.

Galen decides she can clean up the mess after all.

"Actually, I could think of something better to squeeze than an orange," Galen drolls. Like his brother Grom's hard head, for instance. Or maybe his throat. Rachel's expression "take a chill pill" comes to mind. Galen counts to ten, just as she taught him. Then he counts to twenty.

"You have much maturing to do, brother," says Grom.

"And you have an entire kingdom to run, Highness. Which is why I don't understand why we're still here. And those are my boxers."

Grom raises a brow, then shrugs. "I thought they seemed small."

"Grom —" Nalia starts, but he cuts her off with a huff.

"You just graduated from human school a few days ago, Galen. You don't want to relax for a little while?" Grom takes a sip of his bottled water, then screws the cap back on so tightly it makes a cracking sound.

"High school," Galen says. "We graduated from high school. If you keep calling everything 'human' this and 'human' that —"

"I know, I know." Grom waves his hand in dismissal. "Very well. High school. What is so high about high school, anyway? No, no, don't bother to answer. I don't care enough to know. But, little brother, why are you in such a hurry to leave the beaches?"

"For the hundredth time," Galen grits out, "I'm not in a hurry to leave the beaches. I'm in a hurry to spend time with Emma before we go to college, or before the Archives change their mind about their agreement with us, or before something else catastrophic happens. Can you not handle the kingdom without my help, brother? You should have just said as much."

This cracks the shell that is Grom's face. "Careful, Galen. Will you never learn that diplomacy is an asset?"

"So is being direct," Galen grumbles. He runs a hand through his hair. "Look, I honestly don't know what the problem is here. We're taking a two-week road trip."

"Our treaty with the Archives is still delicate, Galen. It takes time to build trust. Your disappearing with Emma for so many turns of the sun will cause murmuring. You know this. And we've just witnessed how powerful murmuring can be."

Galen rolls his eyes. Grom's referring to Jagen's near takeover of the houses of Triton and Poseidon, a conspiracy that started with hushed whispers and speculation, and nearly cost the Royals their freedom and throne. But this is different. "Why would the kingdoms care about our spending private time together?" He doesn't mean to yell. But he doesn't regret it, either.

"Well, for starters," Nalia injects so calmly it irritates Galen, "I'm sure there will be rumors flying about whether or not you're respecting the law and not mating before your ceremony."

Galen can't argue that. And he can't argue that the rumors would be somewhat founded. He can barely keep his hands off of Emma. And she's not exactly helping the situation, being such a willing recipient of his frequently wandering hands. He pinches the bridge of his nose. "They'll just have to trust us. They could give us the benefit of the doubt on this one thing."

Grom shrugs. "They could. But they're also eager to get to know the new Poseidon princess. She needs to spend more time in the kingdoms."

"So they can whisper about the Half-Breed behind her back?" The very thought makes Galen want to pick up another orange. Still, he knows Grom is right. Galen wants Emma to spend more time in the water, too. Dr. Milligan said she may eventually be able to hold her breath for much longer. Right now she's only able to hold it for hours at a time. Maybe that could be extended to days, with enough practice. And if it could, he and Emma wouldn't have to alternate between land and sea so often once they had mated.

"The more she's around them, the less her presence will affect them, Galen. They're giving her a chance. The least you can do is reciprocate. Someday, they won't even notice that she's a Half-Breed. Or at least, they'll learn to accept it and move on."


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Anna Banks's first two novels in the Syrena Legacy trilogy, Of Poseidon and Of Triton (a New York Times Bestseller), have won her many fans. She lives in Crestview, Florida, with her husband and their daughter. Visit her on Facebook and Twitter.


Anna Banks grew up in a small town called Niceville (yes, really). She now lives in Crestview, Florida, with her husband and their daughter. She is the author of The Syrena Legacy series: Of Poseidon, Of Triton, and Of Neptune.

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Of Neptune 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
CNUcrazy09 More than 1 year ago
I have to say that when I first heard there was going to a Book 3 in The Syrena Legacy Series I was surprised. Like many other readers, I felt that Anna Banks had done a great job wrapping up things in book 2 of the series. I wondered where she was going to go with book 3. After having read book 3, Banks did a great job of creating a new storyline, conflict, and romance. At the beginning of the book, I did feel that Emma's character was a little whiny and irrational. Primarily things between her and Galen were frustrating in the first quarter of the book. I felt myself choosing sides between the two as they hit a relationship snag and Banks introduces a new potential love interest. After I pushed through the first 50 pages of the story though, I found myself enjoying the storyline.  I found the alternating narration to be a little confusing at times. I love alternating narrations because they keep you engrossed in the book and build suspense, while letting you see both characters' points of view, but I feel that these should always be labelled with the character's name who is narrating. The introduction of the Reed character I felt was interesting but I might not have made him a love interest if I had written the story. I just felt that the introduction of a love triangle in the third and final novel of the series was a weird place to introduce this. I did find the town of Neptune a great addition to the story and I think it was meaningful for Emma to find others like her (i.e. Half-Bloods). We get to learn more about her and her true thoughts on the future, etc.  I enjoyed watching the progression and Emma and Galen's relationship as well as the rough spots they faced. All in all, I found the storyline that Banks took intriguing, worthwhile (after those first few pages), and the ending concluded in such a way that all questions were answered for readers. I felt the final novel was enjoyable and a great addition to Emma and Galen's story. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, along with the whole series, is amazing! She some how managed to come up with another twist after twist after twist. I'm not going to lie, I was laughing,smiling,and on the verge of tears at most parts but I promise it is not a waste of time to read this series! I'm going to miss getting lost in the book... The plot twists never stop with Anna Banks do they?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely can not believe that this amazing series is over!!! I cried at the last part... i really can not wait for her new book to come out!!! Thank you so much Anna Banks for creating thus incredible series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's really hard to find a good novel these days since they're all basically similar, but these novel captivated my attention right in the first chapter and kept on going. The series is truthfully one of the best :) so worth the purchase.
terferj 21 days ago
4.5 stars When I first finished the second book, I could have been happy with the way it ended but I’m glad there was another book. There wasn’t as much of Emma and Galen together as I would have liked but I do like what they learned on their own; regarding their relationship and what they really want. I really like the story revolving around Neptune. Emma is not alone, there’s more like her! It was really neat on how they survived this long in secret. At first I was getting worried with this new conflict and if it was going to get resolved before the book was done. It did. Whew. That epilogue has perfect. I’m just glad on how everything turned out.
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Charming character interactions, good story
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Loved the character's, the whole story, everything this series had. Wish there were more! Would definitely recommend to anyone who loves tales about mermaids and a good story.
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Can't find the right word(s) to describe the books, and definitely not for the whole series!
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Cuanam More than 1 year ago
The final book in The Syrena Legacy definitely doesn't disappoint. Of Neptune picks up four months after Of Triton. Galen and Emma have graduated from high school and are finally taking that much needed vacation they spoke about at the end of Of Triton. Neither of them expected to find what they did when they take Antonis' advice and go visit the sleepy town of Neptune, Tennessee. There's more heart-stopping action and emotion in these pages than in the other two combined. There's some twists and turns and times when the reader will be furious and sad all at once. Of Neptune closes all the holes that were strategically placed in Of Poseidon and Of Triton. The only thing the reader will ask with the end of this book. "What happens now?" I would absolutely enjoy another book to this series, perhaps one a few years down the line when Rayna and Emma have fingerlings, perhaps Nalia as well, to see what adventures and trouble they find with all the new and amazing changes Grom and Antonis brought to both the sea and the land. I give this book 5 of 5 paws.
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b_ls More than 1 year ago
I was so excited for this book! I felt like I waited forever to get it. I started it and was drawn in immediately. Things have changed since Emma was accepted by the Syrena. Her and Galen can be together! But ever since Rachel died Galen has been different. He's quite and Emma knows he hasn't properly grieved for her. So they take a trip! Which Emmas Grandfather so nicely directs them to a town called Neptune. This town is special. Why you ask? Because if is full of half-breeds. Emma is not the only one and she's not the only one with gifts. This changes things. Emma feels like she belongs here and the new guy (Reed) is very kind. Emma is presented with a choice. Could she live here and feel like she belongs? Would Galen stay too or is she destined to be with someone else? The other characters were not in this book much. I missed Toraf and Rayna! They were a couple of my favorites. They were in the end and a few other chapters but, I missed them. Maybe we will get some of their stories in the future. That would be great!! We get to see some of Galen's POV in this one, which was great. Since him and Emma's relationship is struggling. A lot of which could have been fixed with simple communication. Unfortunately, they are in the middle of a power struggle and are separated. Galen goes through a lot and it helps him to realize how he feels about Emma. If only he could get away and talk to her but, will she feel the same? Has he lost her to people who are just like her?  Emma kind of drove me nuts in places. She was thinking Galen was smothering her and that he was being selfish to ask her to live int he ocean with him. Not only that but, she lets Reed distract her. I am so not a fan of love triangles!! I really don't like them. I liked Reed but, I thought it was unnecessary to the story. It takes a while for her to realize that she screwed up. I was like "Um, yea hello"!!! If she would have just talked with Galen a lot of their pain and suffering could have been avoided. Emma needs to come to her senses but, will she do it in time? What if Galen doesn't survive? O_o I am sad to see this series end but, I am ok with the ending. Thank goodness there was an epilogue! I got to the last page and was like NOOO!! Another series is done. Always a sad day for me.
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