Published: June 5, 2012
Goodreads Blurb: 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.
Such an emotional roller coaster. One minute Tempest is happy as can be and the next she is miserable. There are a ton of trust issues that carry on in the sequel to Tempest Rising.
Tempest is still confused about her choices and who she is. She doesn’t seem to be able to accept herself and feels like she is split in two. In her eyes, there is no way she’ll ever feel like a complete person. The prophecy that’s is supposedly about her doesn’t help matters either.
Kona was less likeable to me in this book. He shows his anger, but doesn’t want to willingly give her the reason why. However, he expects Tempest to fill him in on everything. He spazzes when he loses sight of her, and she doesn’t tell him exactly what she’s feeling or thinking every minute of the day.
Mark definitely won brownie points. I had written him off after his jerky moments in TR, but he really does care for Tempest. His actions speak for themselves. Mark also explains some of his behavior in TR. And he did it without Tempest having to badger him the way she has to Kona.
I was on edge the entire time Tempest’s brother was injured. I’m not going to say which it was, but it definitely tugged on my heart strings.
I liked this installment. It was emotionally deeper than the first book. You also see the strength of the friendships Tempest has built. That definitely added points. It’s a novel about self discovery that could change everything.