Sunday, November 25, 2007

Atlantis Awakening - Alyssa Day

Atlantis Awakening
The Warriors of Poseidon, Book 2
Alyssa Day
Berkley Sensation

Paranormal Romance

Erin Connors is a witch, and a member of a coven in Seattle. The coven knows that there is an old and powerful vampire at work in the city. It appears that the vampire is not simply intent on killing, but on creating new vampires, as if building an army. Whatever his objectives, it’s clear that he must be stopped. Erin has a personal stake in the matter, desperate for revenge against those who killed her family.

Ven, a warrior from Atlantis, is tasked with protecting the witches. He’s not thrilled about that, but witches are better than vampires, any day. Ven doesn’t want to be attracted to Erin, but he may need her. He’s searching for a fabled ruby, and Erin is a gem-singer. Until meeting Erin, the people of Atlantis thought that gem-singers were myth. Ven and Erin are bound together, and none too happily, both in the search for the vampire Caligula, and in the search for the powerful ruby.

This is the second novel in the series, but can be read as a stand-alone. I must admit that I wish I’d read the first book prior to this one, since there are obvious relationships and alliances already in place. The author does a good job of setting out the basic background for new readers, though. Both Erin and Ven are dark characters, driven by their need for vengeance. This works in the book’s favor, since dark characters are often more interesting. The two are at odds initially, and the move from antagonism to romance is quite abrupt. But, somehow, that fits these two perfectly. Ms. Day has created a fascinating world, populated by intriguing characters. Some of the secondary characters are definitely worthy of their own stories.

Rating: 7 ½
November 2007
ISBN# 978-0-425-21796-2 (paperback)


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