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.
Tempest is trying to do the impossible, live part of time on land with her family and her boyfriend, Mark, and still live up to her duties as first in line for the MerQueen Throne. It's isn't easy, but she's managing, if only barely. But all that comes tumbling down when the Queen dies while Tempest is away and her people are left without a queen. She rushes back to Coral Straights leaving her family and Mark behind, for good this time. But what she finds there is not what she expected, and claiming her throne won't be as easy as she expected. And to make matters worse, Tiamat is back and causing more devastation than ever. Tempest knows the final showdown will be coming soon, and she's doing everything she can to prepare for it, but she knows that in order to triumph, she may just have to sacrifice herself in the end to protect everyone she loves.
Before I even started this book, I was so over the love triangle, so I was really hoping all of the angst wouldn't play a part since Tempest seemed to have finally made her choice for good this time. But I should have known better. I mean love triangles grate on my nerves more often than not, but when you add in the fact that Tempest kept changing her mind back and forth so much that I got whiplash, it just turned me off. But I've always had a fascination with mermaids ever since watching The Little Mermaid for the first time as a child, and there was enough action in these books to outweigh the love triangle mess. That being said, when Tempest decided to leave one of the guys yet again in this book, I was incredibly close to chucking my kindle. Sure I got her reasons this time around, but by that point I'd just had enough. Because of all this change and wishy-washness, I wasn't ever able to connect to either romance, which kept me from becoming as immersed into the story as I would have liked.
There was an incredible amount of intense action and high stakes in the previous two books, that I could not wait to get my hands on this book. However, after finishing TEMPEST REVEALED, I have to admit feeling a bit let down. I guess I was just expecting more after that incredible build up. Even throughout this book, there were several harsh blows that left me reeling, and yet when it came to the final showdown, I feel it was too easy. Sure Tempest acted like her use of that power came at a great cost, but honestly I didn't see it. So, in the end, I just can't believe Tempest didn't just do what she did much sooner, even if it was a horrible thing to do, countless lives would have been saved. I just think it took too much to push her over the edge, and that it should have been harder in the end to triumph.
It seems to be a pattern of late that series ending books just disappoint me. I'm not sure if my expectations are set too high, or that I just have an inability to let favored characters go, but I have to say that it is getting rather frustrating. I guess I just want more from these ending books than I've been getting and unfortunately this one was no exception to that. That being said, putting my high exceptions for the final battle aside, the way things played out left me with a smile on my face, and I felt it all ended exactly as it should have and made the book an overall decent read in the end.
(Received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley)