Tempest Maguire is happy with her decision to embrace her mermaid nature and live among her mother's clan within the ocean's depths. Even though training to one day ascend the throne for the aging mermaid queen is rigorous, she finds refuge in the arms of Kona, the selkie who first opened her up to her mermaid side. But when word comes that one of her brothers has been gravely injured on land, Tempest immediately rushes to his side-which also brings her back to her old flame, Mark. And in her absence, a deadly battle begins raging at the hands of Tempest's old nemesis, the sea witch Tiamat. As the dangerous war erupts, Tempest's two loves-Kona and Mark, sea and land-will collide for the first time, both to protect her and to force her to choose.
Oh the mermaids! It is a quickly rising genre these days, and the first book in this series, Tempest Rising, is one of the first mermaid novels I read. And I really enjoyed it. But Tempest Unleashed was even better. There is some serious conflict building in TU and Tempest rises to the challenge brilliantly and stays in character with her past decisions from book 1.
Of course the love triangle continues, and it is even more complicated this go around. Tempest is in love with Kona and Mark, which further complicates her feelings about being torn between land and sea. Her feelings regarding the boys are like an extension of her feelings about being a mermaid versus living on land with her family. And after some seriously bad events, Tempest is forced to evaluate what she wants, who she wants, and what she is willing to give up.
This was a fun read with some dark undertones. The mermaid and human worlds were pretty equally balanced and the internal struggle Tempest is experiencing is well developed. The love triangle is well developed. The outcomes at the end of the book leave the reader with enough closure, but remains open enough for Tempest's story to continue. Great read.
TRACY DEEBSis the author of Tempest Rising and the co-author of The International Kissing Club(under a pseudonym, Ivy Adams) for teen readers. She collects books, English degrees, and lipsticks. She has been known to forget where-and sometimes who-she is when immersed in a great novel. She is a writing and literature professor at Austin Community College. http://www.tracy-deebs.blogspot.com/
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