Jul 8 2009
Dear Ms. Day
It’s tough for a reader to jump into the middle of a series. Atlantis Unmasked is the fourth book in the Warriors of Poseiden series. Reading the first three was too intimidating in terms of a time commitment. and I fully acknowledge that this book would probably have worked better for me if I had read from the first.
Alexios is a battle scarred Atlantean who fights for Atlantis to be lifted out of the sea. He apparently longs to claim Grace, a leader of rebel forces. Grace was an Olympic caliber swimmer who lost her brother to a vampire attack. She left her training as a swimmer to become a soldier in the human/shifter army.
Grace is no ordinary human, though, she is descendant of the Goddess Diana. (This makes me think that her Olympic status was a little unfair. It would be like allowing the drugged up athletes to compete against the non drugged up athletes).
Alexios is determined not to let Grace know that he wants her until he lets her know that he wants her. Originally I thought he didn’t want to reveal his inner desire for Grace because he wasn’t ready for that move; because he was filled with personal agnst against forming attachments. But then, without any discussion of the why he’s all of a sudden ready to jump her bones, he informs her that he needs a little chat with someone else and then disappears into the mist. Alexios has sworn vows which he thinks impacts his ability to act on his desire for Grace.
There is a great deal of worldbuilding that goes on but often in the form of info dumping. For example, there is a scene toward the middle of the book where the goddess Anubisa, an evil one, appears before Vonos, the head of the vampire contingent, and spouts off why she had she released Alexios and the danger of Justice escaping and the curse that might come to him if he used death magic to escape.
The good thing is that the book moves along. The Altanteans are working hard to make a prophecy come true of having Atlantis rise out of the sea. The goddess Anubis is working to defeat the Atlanteans and Vonos just wants power. The Fae get involved because without humans and shifters, the balance of power will be affected and this adversely affects the Fae.
There are some funny exchanges, particularly between the male characters. One thing really struck me, though, was the inconsistent use of olde worlde language and modern speak. Alexios often exlaims or in his internal monologue "by the gods" or "by Poseidon’s balls" or "what in the nine hells does that mean" or some other Atlantean phrase but in normal dialogue says things like "I wouldn’t mind learning a few of your other party tricks, either. That energy syndrome toss, for example." or "Nice of you to finally make an appearance." or When Alaric pays for something (or tries to) using old gold coins. I felt like these century old people were either indocrinated into modern life or they weren’t and the attempts to straddle both periods were jarring.
At times, I felt that the ongoing storyline that is binding this series together took precedence over the romnance between Grace and Alexios. If a reader enjoys the ongoing storylines this book has a good one. For the romance, though, it’s not as vibrant. I felt like I had been missing part of the emotional conflict that took place between Alexios and Grace and I wondered if it took place in previous books. It’s almost more of an urban fantasy with a romance thread than a true paranormal romance. C