|There is a very familiar feel to Atlantis Rising. Even if I’ve never encountered these sexy underwater warriors (in fact, they are nothing like Disney’s account of the lost island), they are close cousins to other bands of paranormal brothers. They too are committed to saving each other, their bonded mates and the entire world from an
apocalyptic cataclysm. That said, Day’s rendition of this over-
exploited concept is gripping enough to warrant a strong recommendation.
After years of captivity in the hands of the evil vampire queen,
Anubisa, Conlan has finally escaped. He returns to the hidden world
of Atlantis, ready to assume his place on the recently-vacated
throne. New problems await him, the most serious of which is the
theft of Poseidon’s powerful and magical trident. He returns to earth
to retrieve it and instead finds himself saving human Riley Dawson
from near rape.
Readers won’t be surprised to hear that Riley and Conlan are
instantly attracted to each other. Nor will they start when Conlan
immediately realizes that there is something unusual about the social
worker and her empathetic powers. He believes she needs both
investigation and protection, so he takes her back to meet his
warriors. This gives them ample time to “soul-meld.”
As the couple work out the (relatively minor) wrinkles in their
relationship and the warriors try hard to recuperate the missing
trident, we are introduced to a wide range of characters, who will
obviously feature in future books. The warriors get first billing.
Since these hunky heroes have to battle on several different fronts,
their enemies are not far behind. They include dissenting Atlanteans,
whose rebellion needs to be put to rest, as well as vampires, who
spell the destruction of humanity. In fact, humans are already
subject to a curfew dictated by these evil creatures. Resistance,
involving humans and their shape-shifting allies, has begun to
organize. Given Atlantis’s millennium-old sacred mission, it is quite
clear whose side Poseidon and his warriors are on.
The presentations and explanations are deftly done. Although they do
command a little too much attention, they rarely interrupt the flow
of the story. Nevertheless, the convoluted plot and the elaborate set-
up mean less time for character development. Conlan and Riley are
quite likeable, but they remain rather one-dimensional. Much about
them (including Conlan’s close encounter with Anubisa and the origins
of Riley’s mysterious gift) goes unexplored. Perhaps the answers to
these questions will rise to the surface in some forthcoming episode,
but that’s small comfort to my present frustration.
Day, who as Alessia Holliday has written several light-hearted and
humorous chick lit books, has worked hard to create a macho, street-
smart style that fits well in this subgenre. Still, some of the tough-
guy prose sounds wooden. What’s more, when Poseidon makes his
occasional appearance, he speaks in capital letters, which is hard on
Of course, anyone interested in a satisfying action-adventure story
featuring a cast of sexy but tormented alpha heroes could easily
overlook these small faults. Atlantis Rising should definitely go to
the top of their must-read list.