Thursday, December 13, 2012

Review of HEART OF ATLANTIS by Alyssa Day

Heart of Atlantis

(Warriors of Poseidon, #8)
by Alyssa Day

Cover, Heart of Atlantis by Alyssa Day
Rating: 4.5♥s Excellent/Highly Recommended
Sensuality: Hot
Cover: 4.5♥s

Release Date: December 4, 2012
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From the publisher:

As a war wages between the immortals of Atlantis and those of the vampire realm, a Poseidon warrior fights to save his world—and the woman he loves. And no risk is too great.

The desires of a high priest. 

Alaric, Poseidon’s High Priest, has made a vow to Quinn, the woman he loves and the leader of the Resistance: to save her friend Jack before his last bit of humanity has been drained. Should Alaric succeed, there’s one intimate danger: he may lose Quinn to the love of the man whose life he saved. But damn Atlantis to the nine hells, he’s willing to put Quinn’s wishes first, regardless of the consequences. 

The warning of a threat reborn. 

The final jewel of Poseidon’s trident has turned up in the hands of mysterious Ptolemy Reborn, who claims to be descended from Atlantean royalty. He’s about to reveal to the world that Atlantis is real, positioning himself as king. But this magical terrorist is bent on chaos. The only warrior who can stop him is following his own path, driven by the even more powerful force of love. Atlantean powers over the sea could prove just as cataclysmic—for Quinn’s love, Alaric might drown the entire world.

As Heart of Atlantis opens, Quinn and Alaric are sequestered with tiger-shifter Jack, in the hope that Jack will regain his humanity. Alaric has distanced himself from the search for Poseidon’s jewels in favor of concentrating on Quinn, the forbidden love of his life. Too bad that Alaric, as Poseidon's High Priest, must remain celibate.

It's not long before trouble finds Quinn and Alaric, in the form of a powerful impostor named Ptolemy. Ptolemy outs Atlantis and claims to be its rightful king. He also blows Quinn's cover by showing her photo on international television. He asks her to contact him. And, oh yeah, Ptolemy has the final gem for Poseidon's Trident, the one jewel necessary to control the Trident and raise Atlantis.

Never one to stand idly by when the fate of the world hangs in the balance, Quinn soon puts herself in mortal danger. And Alaric will do anything—anything—to save her. At the same time, Atlantis is in dire straits, and is a drain on his power.

There is shaky evidence that Alaric's power will increase if he soul-melds with Quinn, and ends his celibacy. If it's true, he can save Atlantis and get the girl. If it's not, well, everyone dies. Do Quinn and Alaric dare take the chance for love?

Heart of Atlantis is a real treat for fans of the Warriors of Poseidon series. Most readers have probably been in love with Alaric and sympathetic to his plight throughout the series. He's been all-powerful, broodingly lovesick, and achingly celibate. And he's gorgeous and built like a warrior. What's not to love? 

Although I haven't always been fond of Quinn, she is appealing, touching, sassy, brave, and kick-butt in Heart of AtlantisAlyssa Day won me over with her character: 

"[Quinn] wanted to do what she'd never done before—surrender. To Alaric's strength and protection. A purely feminine impulse that was so shocking to her, she who'd lived her life as a fighter. He made her want to love and protect and be cherished in return."

The plot is packed with action, powerful magic, suspense, and mortal danger to Quinn and Atlantis. Both new and old enemies show up for the final showdown. 

As Heart of Atlantis is the end of the series, many loose ends are tied up. Fans will be delighted with the events, but sorry to see The End.

Take heart, however. Alyssa has announced that there will still be a few Atlantis novellas to wrap up some important characters' story lines. Denal's story is one of them. Jack will not only get his own book, but his own series. An announcement will be made in 2013 about that. Her new series, The League of the Black Swan, debuts May 7, 2013, with The Cursed.

Enjoy Heart of Atlantis!

The Warriors of Poseidon series:
Book 1
Atlantis Rising
Novella 1.5
"Wild Hearts in Atlantis"
in Wild Things 4.0♥s
Book 2
Atlantis Awakening
Novella 2.5
"Shifter's Lady"
in Shifter 4.0♥s
Book 3
Atlantis Unleashed
Book 4
Atlantis Unmasked
Book 5
Atlantis Redeemed
Book 6
Atlantis Betrayed
Book 7
Vampire in Atlantis
Book 8
Heart of Atlantis

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