Tempest said goodbye to her old life in order to accept her mermaid half and join Kona along with her destiny under the sea. She's the one prophesized to save everyone from the evil sea witch Tiamat. If that wasn't pressure enough, she's also being groomed to take over for the Queen when the time comes. Even so, she's relatively happy with her choice even if she doesn't quite feel right in her skin. But when her brother is hurt and ends up in critical condition, she finds herself racing home. As she gets a taste of her old life, she realizes just how much she missed it all, especially Mark, her old boyfriend who she's never really been able to forget despite her love for Kona. Meanwhile, the war with Tiamat is brewing, and she will stop at nothing to see Tempest destroyed.
After the way things ended in Tempest Rising, I hadn't thought Tempest would have still been so torn between her two lives anymore. However, torn is an understatement as she realizes that giving up her family and life on land wasn't going to be as easy as she thought. In fact it almost seems as the only really thing holding her in the ocean other than the immense draw to the water she feels, is Kona. This is especially apparent once she gets a taste of her old life. Between the constant training and a Queen who wants her to be something she isn't, not to mention the constant threats from the sea witch Tiamat, and this mermaid thing isn't really all its cracked up to be. Yet her sense of duty to her people is admirable, as she refuses to abandon them to Tiamet despite what it costs her.
As much as I had thought the love triangle was no big deal in the first installment, I would have never been able to predict just how much that would change in Tempest Unleashed. Things went from a clear cut choice for me in Kona, as I thought there was no chance at a future with Mark. However, everything changes once he's back her life. There was so much more depth between them this time around that I'm finding myself every bit as torn as Tempest is, and I'm not happy about it. They each represent one side of the two lives she is torn between, Land and Sea, and her struggle between them doesn't help to make things any easier. No matter which one she chooses, she will still feel an incredible pull to the life and boy she didn't choose. I just don't see how she could be fully happy either way as both lives are firmly part of her soul and giving up either will be like living only half a life. I almost wish she could be like Persephone and live half the time in one place and half in the other, but of course that's really only a pipe dream because life just doesn't work that way.
I really enjoyed Tempest Unleashed, in fact I'm rather desperate to get my hands on the final installment. Every time I think I have things figured out or try to predict how things will go, everything gets completely shaken up, leaving me on the edge of my seat. So, I cannot recommend Tempest Unleashed any higher as it really is a roller coaster ride of both action and emotions from start to finish. This is one tale under the sea that you don't want to miss!rc