Poseidon's Childrenby Michael West
Series: The Legacy of the Gods #1
Published on March 16, 2012 by Seventh Star Press
Genres: Fantasy, Horror
Man no longer worships the old gods; forgotten and forsaken, they have become nothing more than myth and legend. But all that is about to change. After the ruins of a vast, ancient civilization are discovered on the ocean floor, Coast Guard officers find a series of derelict ships drifting in the current-high-priced yachts and leaking fishing boats, all ransacked, splattered in blood, their crews missing and presumed dead. And that's just the beginning. Vacationing artist Larry Neuhaus has just witnessed a gruesome shark attack, a young couple torn apart right before his eyes....at least, he thinks it was a shark. And when one of these victims turns out to be the only son of Roger Hays, the most powerful man in the country, things go from bad to worse. Now, to stop the carnage, Larry and his new-found friends must work together to unravel a mystery as old as time, and face an enemy as dark as the ocean depths.
When I first read about Poseidon’s Children, I didn’t think it was within my usual range of reading. It didn’t appear to be an urban fantasy as it was being named as but thankfully not everything was “under the sea.” Despite being out of my usual reading selection, I found I enjoyed Poseidon’s Children, though maybe not to the fullest extent.
While reading the novel, I found the characters to be intriguing and well written, as well as the mix of genres. I am not a fan of thrillers or horrors at all, however, the urban fantasy blend in Poseidon’s Children was enough to allow me enjoy the story without being completely put off. I also found the plot to be well developed, keeping me hooked throughout the story while sending my mind on a whirlwind adventure. I couldn’t say what Mr. West was going to throw at me next. It gave the novel that edge of excitement and suspense necessary to capture a reader like myself.
Other than being outside of my regular genres, I only had one small complaint about Poseidon’s Children. Usually, multiple viewpoints don’t bother me as long as the change between each one is clear like in George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones where each chapter name is the character telling that part of the story. I had no problem distinguishing between each character in Poseidon’s Children, however after a while the changes became slightly annoying. It wasn’t to the point that I put the book down but something that tugged at the back of my mind as I read.
All in all, I found Poseidon’s Children to be a good, if different, read and would recommend it for anyone ready to go on a roller-coaster of an adventure.