22 May 2009

Review: Alyssa Day - Atlantis Rising

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Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (March 6, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425214494
ISBN-13: 978-0425214497


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 "empath" 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?

After standing so long on my shelf it was time. Time for the Warriors Of Poseidon to make their entry in to my reader’s world and they did so with Atlantis Rising, the story of High prince Conlan and social worker Riley Dawson. I love the myth of Atlantis, it speaks of such mystery, magic, technology that surpasses our own and intelligence, and I wondered what Alyssa Day would come up with to give it all shape. Well, she starts with the veritable bang when the High prince returns after seven years of absence.

Conlan was introduced to me as the heir to the throne of The Seven Isles but with his disappearance seven years ago many presumed him dead. Now with his return it is a catalyst for many events to unfurl itself. After what Conlan went through while in the hospitality of Anubisa he may not feel it, but he has a regal leadership imprinted in every part of his nature and ways. He is commanding, has a veneer of composure but his temper can rise to the surface verily quickly under certain circumstances. Yet when it comes to Riley he is all hunger and scorching sensuality.

I met Riley while she was doing her job as a social worker. She is outspoken, compassionate, resilient and has a quirky sense of humor to rebound from the darker shades of life and has a need for the ocean. After a rough day and put through the emotional wringer she meets a few vampires who just want another piece of her. That is when she meets Conlan…

The meeting of Riley and Conlan is to read about instant combustion that singes the edges of the pages. Their connection was imminent and almost a tangible force between them, pulling at them, demanding to be recognized. Still, it is the journey of them both as a love-set pair in all the ups, downs and revelations that makes it so exhilarating to read. This was just the kind of hot romance I was in the mood for. Because that is what you are getting: Instant need bottled up and sometime later in the story erupting full force setting the tone for a fiery romantic tale.

Conlan and Riley’s lives got entangled together as the plot plays its devious games. The Seven of Conlan are also an intricate part of this story and their introduction was chocolate for the paranormal romance lover. Alyssa Day took the classic concept of a group of warriors fighting an epic battle and made it her own. Not only with an intriguing brand of warriors, who all vary and have their distinct strengths and problems. But also with a world that is inhabited by vampires and shapeshifter who alter the balance of right and wrong creating a signature world that stirred my want for more. With so many strong warriors tempers rise and the interaction born from that delivers some great moments.

Let me introduce you to these wonderful warriors: We have Ven, Conlan’s brother and the King’s Vengeance. All mighty Aleric, High Priest and childhood friend of Conlan. Then we have the scarred Alexios, the blue haired Justice, and the cursed Brennan. And last but not least, Bastien and the young Christophe. They all stirred my interest on some level and I am glad some of their stories are already out there so I can quickly return to their world and the ongoing story arc.

Now if there is one thing that I consider a treat is when an author can introduce a true to the core villain, or in this case, a true villainess, for Anubisa is that and more. Feeding of pain and torture she defines evil and with the vampire Barrabas as her second they become great opponents for the Warriors of Poseidon. It fuels the plot with action, a bit of blood and gore and Poseidon magic. In this, Aleric definitely caught my attention as the High Priest. He and Quinn are a seemingly would-be couple for a future story and they hit the interest button full force. Their interaction implies more and Aleric’s control is torn in shreds whenever he is near her. They are definitely personages to keep my eye on!

Though there is intensity in the story the writing style of Day is easy going and with a rich sense of humorous undertones in dialogue the pages are quickly turned and before I knew it, I had read every last word of Atlantis Rising. Where some would go all dark and gritty with their paranormal story Alyssa Day has a knack to infuse her introducing story with an amount of humor to elevate the sometimes spine chilling actions. It provides a diversity in the genre and I for one appreciate that, turning Atlantis Rising in to an instantly devouring read!

The story contains an inviting premise to a new series, the introduction of the Warriors Of Poseidon was an alluring one and distinct, and I immediately held a personal favorite, the scarred and wounded Alexios. Atlantis Awakening, here I come!

Quote introduction warriors:
Conlan measured the tenor of his men, realizing anew how lucky he was. There was nobody he’d rather have at his back.
Alexios, fierce, scarred face grim
Brennan, emotionless but for the whitened knuckles on his blades.
Justice, blue-tinged hair in a braid to his waist, the handle of his sword rising from its sheath behind one shoulder. The member of his Seven who Conlan understood the least – trusted least. But a warrior to be reckoned with, by anyone’s measure. Bastien, towering over others. Nearly seven feet of pure muscle and honed battle instincts.
Christophe, skin glimmering faintly with the residue of barely controlled power.
Finally back to Denal, the youngest of the Seven and newest to the role.

Quote Conlan:
He finally turned to look at her, his body clenched so tightly he thought it might snap. Burning with need, yet icy with fear that she should go. “because if you stay, I’ll take it as a yes. Yes to Atlantis, to our cause, but – most of all – yes to me.”

Quote Quinn:
“If we’re done with the pissing contest, let’s go,” Quinn said, reaching for Riley with one hand and pulling a very deadly looking gun out of her pocket with the other. “People to meet, vamps to blow away, et cetera, et cetera…

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