Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Atlantis Rising by Alyssa Day

Eleven thousand years ago, before the seas swallowed the Atlanteans, Poseidon assigned a few chosen warriors to act as sentinels for humans in the new world. There was only one rule – desiring them was forbidden. But rules were made to be broken…

When she calls…
Riley Dawson is more than a dedicated Virginia Beach social worker. She’s blessed with a mind link that only Atlanteans have been able to access for thousands of years. Being an empathy may explain her wistful connection to the roiling waves of the ocean, the sanctuary it provides, and the sexual urges that seem to emanate from fathoms below…

He will come.
Conlan, the high prince of Atlantis, has surfaced on a mission to retrieve Poseidon’s stolen Trident. Yet something else has possessed Conlan: the intimate emotions – and desires – of a human. Irresistibly drawn to the uncanny beauty, Conlan soon shares more than his mind. But in the midst of a battle to reclaim Poseidon’s power, how long can a forbidden love last between two different souls from two different worlds?

The lost world of Atlantis has always intrigued me, and I looked forward to seeing this world through the eyes of the author. Unfortunately, that was not to be.

The entire story takes place here on earth, in the present time. Modern speech/lingo is used throughout the book. There are some token Atlantean elements, such as Conlan the high prince and Alaric the high priest, and their awesome powers; the seven Atlantean warriors; Poseidon the sea god and his mighty Trident, which is so powerful that it can perform many supernatural deeds, including raising the dead. And these are the only Atlantean elements that you get. I was disappointed.

The story is a hodge-podge blend of Atlanteans-vampires-shapeshifters. Everyone is after Poseidon’s Trident, which functions like a magic wand. It is bestowed to Conlan and Alaric is supposed to keep it safe in the temple, but it is stolen. They have to recover it before it falls in the hands of the nasty vampires. Into this scenario stumbles Riley, the brave little human.

Conlan is dull and forgettable. Never mind that he is big, strong, princely and easy on the eyes. I’ll take his brother Ven or Alaric any time, who have more personality and edge. Riley practically wraps Conlan around her little finger right from their first meeting.

Riley. She does ludicrous things, such as jumping onto a vampire’s back during an Atlantean-vampire skirmish, that the author passes off as bravery. Her bravery is extolled by the warriors; Conlan cannot stop marvelling at her bravery and fierceness. *sigh* This is so irritating. She is flippant in her speech and manner. This is also irritating. Guess what? I don’t like her very much.

Thank goodness that the secondary characters are more interesting. The seven warriors are amusing in their individual ways. Alaric the high priest is the powerful, tortured and snarly dude who reminds me a lot of Gregori the Carpathian (from Christine Feehan’s Carpathian series). There’s a blatant attraction between him and Riley’s sister Quinn, and I hope their story will see the light of day.

The seven warriors also remind me of JR Ward’s BDB dudes, especially when they are all decked out to fight. Black leather, daggers, armed up to their teeth, cool cars … sound familiar?

My biggest gripe, though, is the writing style. Perhaps I presumed too much. I expected a majestic world, with the prose to match. The liberal use of the f-word and urban lingo turned this story into another run of the mill paranormal offering. It is readable, sure … just don’t expect anything stunning.

My rating3
Sensuality ratingWarm


Brie said...

I agree, Jace. I went into this book expecting one thing and received another. It was not my cup of tea at all.

Jace said...

Brie, at least now we can move on. *grin* I'm glad I bought just this 1st book.