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Interesting combination of drama, sex, and violence. The mix of Atlantians, vampires, humans, and shape-shifters (weir-creatures) seems a bit odd but is amusing. Blended with this is a mix of sword fighting and magical powers. The author seems to like providing graphic descriptions of sex and gore (during battle and torture). The interplay of the characters is sometimes bordering on truly stupid. This is not an intellectual book or something to be read for ideas to contemplate or learn from. This book is strictly for entertainment and the level of writing is rather poor. Regardless I like stories of bravery and quests, so I am willing to put up with the lousy writing of the author.more
The Story: Conlan, high prince of Atlantis, returns home after years of captivity only to discover Poseidon's Trident, a powerful artifact, has been stolen by a rebellious faction. He and his men travel to the surface in pursuit. There he encounters something unbelievable--a human woman with Atlantean powers. As if he didn't have enough problems, his irresistible attraction to her may jeopardize his mission and his kingdom. This is the first book of an ongoing series, The Warriors of Poseidon.My Thoughts: This is a book in the tradition of the Dark-Hunters and the Black Dagger Brotherhood... you've got a connected group of hot, lethal, superhuman men who run around saving the day. Each warrior has his own curse, his own issue, thus leading us through a variety of salty goodness and world save-age while working up to the yummiest morsel of the band. In this case, the morsel is definately Alaric, Conlan's childhood buddy and voice of cynical reason. Or maybe that's just me. In other words, this book may have been only so-so but I have every intention of checking out the rest of the series.Recommendation: Read for the sake of future and potentially more interesting characters.more
Ooooh, what a fun book! Atlantis Rising is the first in the Warriors of Poseidon series by Alyssa Day (aka Alesia Holliday, though this book is vastly different from her chick lit women's fiction and her mystery books).Atlantean prince Conlan has returned after seven years of torture at the hands of Anubisa, the vampire goddess. Nobody has escaped her torture still mentally sound--until now--and there were those who believed him dead, and of those who know he's alive, quite a few believe he must be damaged, despite the fact that the high priest has said he's not.The perceived void in the succession has caused a pretender to rise up, and he's stolen Poseidon's trident. Conlan and his men have to travel to the human world to get it back.There he meets Riley Dawson, a human social worker and empath. Actually, he feels her emotions before he meets her, and feels compelled to seek her out. Such a connection has been long thought a myth, and to experience it with a human is unbelievable.That's the set-up, and the story moves at a rapid pace from there. Searching for and rescuing the trident, deciding what to do about Riley, Atlantean court intrigue, and human/vampire/shapeshifter intrigue all combine to form an adventure that kept me turning the pages as quickly as I could.Conlan's dilemma between love and duty is a classic one--an Atlantean prince and a human woman is just impossible, despite their soul-mate-like bond--but it felt believable. An even more impossible dilemma promises to arise in future books, since there appears to be a bond between Riley's sister, who's also an empath, and the celibate high priest.There's so much going on that it's dizzying at times, but I was never completely asea (geddit? Atlantis? asea? Okay, I know--I'll go get more caffeine.). It's a small price to pay for a complex world that will hopefully host a nice long series.more
Riley Dawson is a social worker trying to brighten her corner of the world, one case at a time. She's seen the worse that the world, and the people in it, can do to each other, and yet she keeps on, trying to help where she can. After a particularly rough day, when she could very literally have lost her life, she is forced to face down one more threat: a trio of vampires who want to play before they kill. Conlan, the high prince of Atlantis, who has spent the last seven years being tortured by Anubisa, the vampire goddess of death, is her unlikely rescuer. The unexpected answer to desires she didn't know she had. I have a Thing about Atlantis. I always have, so any book set there or with Atlanteans, real or imagined, is going to get my attention. Of course, with my speed of reading, I've had this book for a while before cracking the cover. I meant to read it on the cruise--how perfect to read about Atlantis while on the ocean, right?--but I didn't realize how little time I'd actually spend reading. So! I've read it now.I think this is the first time that I can honestly say that an alpha hero has not, at some point, irritated me with his bossy, push you around attitude. I'm not saying that Conlan isn't pushy or demanding. I'm saying that it worked for me and not once did I roll my eyes or feel the urge to slap him. And most of the reason is Riley herself. This is a heroine who stands up to the alpha despite the fact that he can easily overpower her. She gives back just as much as she gets, and does it without being a Xena-clone, which makes me so very happy. For once, we have a hero and heroine who really -are- a match for one another, rather than simply having that stated and forcing the reader to try to figure out how that makes sense.I am looking forward to reading stories for all of the Warriors of Poseidon. There are seven of them, so I should be set for a good long time.more
Conlan, Prince of Atlantis, had been held prisoner by the vampire queen, Anubisa, for seven long years and finally released for reasons unknown. However, his release coincided with the abduction of the Trident of Poseidon causing Conlan to be immediately thrust from torture to a mission to find the instrument of power. With his body and mind whole but his soul shredded Conlan worries that he will be unable to fulfill his destiny.Riley is a social worker who determined to help those that nobody else cares for. When Conlan rescues Riley on a moonlit beach neither are prepared for the instant bond that would draw them together. In a world of evil vampires, fearsome shapeshifters and ancient warriors will they be able to find a way to stay together against the odds and the Laws of Poseidon?"Atlantis Rising" is the first volume of a relatively new paranormal romance series featuring the chosen Warriors of Atlantis. I found the story to be quite enjoyable, although it seemed to strongly resemble J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood story, just with Atlanteans instead of vampires. This is not a bad thing, I was just surprised by the similarities. The one thing that did bother me was the apparent futility of it all. Why would an all powerful god like Poseidon even need warriors? Circumstances throughout the book seem to indicate that he would have no problem just doing everything by himself (although maybe it just wouldn’t be fun for him to do that. It sure would make a boring story!) However, this isn’t really a huge issue for me, more a little irritation. This is certainly another PR series I am interesting in following along with in the future.more
I really don't have a lot to say about this one. It's now a couple of weeks since I finished it and I simply remember it as an okay book. Yes, warriors from Atlantis was a different twist, but really the book was essentially the same as any other of the mid-line paranormal romances out there. It was a satisfying read without anything spectacular to make is rise above the rest. Athough I must say that Poseidon himself was pretty cool, even if he didn't make a physical appearance at all. If you get a chance to read it, it's a pleasant way to pass the time. If you don't, you're not really missing anything major. I may read the second book, I don't know. But I won't be buying it. I'll get it from the library.more
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