Title: Atlantis Unleashed
Author: Alyssa Day
Series: Warriors of Poseidon #3
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Paranormal romance, Vampires
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
5th sentence, 74th page: She could save us, it claimed.
Eleven thousand years ago, Poseidon’s warriors swore an oath to protect humanity from those who stalked the night. Now those powerful forces are uniting. So are two souls who are all that stand between justice and eternal darkness…
A warrior prince…
Lord Justice made the ultimate sacrifice for his brother and paid for it with unimaginable torture. Now he’s back, rescued from death, his sanity shaken, and his mission inescapable: to search for the lost star of Artemis. But the beautiful female whom he has sworn to protect is shadowed by an evil that could destory them both.
A woman of science…
The archaeological artifacts of Atlantis speak to Dr. Keely McDermott, sharing visions of life long ago. The ancient revelations have cast her into a world between past and present, between reality and illusion – and, when she meets the fierce Atlantean warrior assigned to guard her, between terror and temptation. As their two worlds collide, so too will danger and desire…
Although there is still an epic battle with vampires to complete this story (like the first two novels in this series), most of the story doesn’t actually involve an arch nemesis or vampires in any significant way. It is about the internal battle and war that Justice must fight with himself to survive and become whole again. And I really enjoyed this change of pace. I tend to find I jump from series to series because there becomes a certain same-same in the battles that the characters are fighting, by having an internal demon as opposed to an external, Day was able to mix it up enough that I don’t yet want to put this series down in preference for another (I’ve had to because I haven’t received Atlantis Unmasked yet, but I digress…)
One of the things I thoroughly enjoyed about Justice and Keely’s story was that Justice is completely dual natured. Whilst there are a plethora of external forces he has to fight against (being held captive, rampaging vampires, etc.), the biggest battle is that with himself. And, more importantly, the internal dialogue that highlights his duality. Although the Nereid half is cast as the evil, I like that at the end, you find that the Nereid was also having its own battles and trouble expecting its alter-ego (for lack of a better term). Keely’s ability to accept them both and realise that he is her other half in spite of his crazy just made it feel all the more sweet.
I also enjoyed Keely as a lead female. She is the first scientist and academic to take centre-stage in this series and for that alone, I found that I related to her better than previous female leads. I may not be an archaeologist who has a gift to read the past in an object, but I am a female scientist who is constantly querying the world around her and trying to figure out how things work. I absolutely loved the way in which, even in the most dire situations, she will trail off and start to question how things work, the past, just anything and everything around her. It’s something that I do often, get distracted by the how and why when I’m supposed to be looking at something completely different…
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