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"Simply Awesome!"

Atlantis, a centuries old civilization, a society of timeless myth. Seven Warriors of Poseidon, sentinels to protect humankind for all time; they exist in the depths, defending civilization from evil undetected, until now...

Until recently vampires and shapeshifters existed among the human population unknown but for the few unfortunate that came in contact with them. Now they walk unchecked in society and are silently gaining power, right under the noses of unsuspecting humans. It is the mission of the Warriors to protect humankind from these species that view humans as there food supply. There job has become increasing difficult since vampires and shapeshifters are now living openly and even holding political office.

High Prince and Warrior, Conlan, has recently been freed after being held and mercilessly tortured and used for seven years by Goddess of the Night, Anubisia. Conlan is teetering on the brink of being broken psychologically but has somehow held on by a thread to his sanity, a very frayed thread. When he returns to Atlantis, he undergoes extensive healing at the hands of Alaric, High Priest to Poseidon and Conlan's childhood friend. Unfortunately Conlan has little time to recover from his trauma when he is informed that Poseidon's Trident, the vehicle of his ascension to the throne of Atlantis, has been stolen by Reisen, in an act of high treason. Now Conlan and his Warriors must go landside in search of the trident, the future of Atlantis is at stake. Conlan fool heartedly leaves Atlantis without his Warriors, and when he surfaces he immediately senses a telepathic connection with someone on the beach who is experiencing great anguish. He not only senses her thoughts but emotions as well. Could he have found an empath, "Aknasha"; a gift that until now only Atlantaens could share? And what can explain his raging, almost insane need to be with her, touch her, which is beyond all reason?

Riley Dawson is a social worker that is no stranger to the worst that society has to offer but today has tested her beyond her limits. Retreating to the seashore, her inexplicable solace when she needs emotional healing, she is out after dark, a dangerous time for humans these days. While being attacked by three men that at the very least mean to rape her, she senses a dark and dangerous presence in her mind. Although she is aware of her empathic abilities, she has until now only shared this connection with her sister Quinn. She is frightened but somehow drawn to this stranger on a level she cannot explain. She "sees' the horrors he has endured and senses his goodness. The attack is averted but the danger remains as Riley shares a blazing connection with Conlan that he is not willing to let go. Now Riley is thrust into the battle to save the ancient civilization of Atlantis, and deal with her need to heal the emotionally scared Warrior Prince.

Ms. Day has penned a fast paced, emotional read where the secondary cast of characters is as intriguing as the hero and heroine. Along with an incredible cast, the complex plot is steeped in political intrigue and the fascinating mythology of Atlantis. The world building is superb. Riley is a strong and feisty heroine with a depth of compassion that readers will connect with on the most basic level. Conlan is a hero with a strong sense of duty that is at odds with his feelings and attraction to Riley. We are introduced to the other Warriors here and get a glimpse as to what is in store for them; one of them being Ven, the King's Vengeance and Conlan's brother. The Warriors of Poseidon are a sexy, chivalrous and dangerous team that create an atmosphere of testosterone so thick you can cut it with a knife; the interaction between this brawny bunch is priceless. ATLANTIS RISING, the first offering in the Warriors of Poseidon series will capture your heart and imagination, and leave you panting for more. Luckily readers will have a tidbit to tide them over with the novella "Wild Hearts in Atlantis" in the WILD THING anthology in May 2007, while waiting for Ven's story in ATLANTIS AWAKENING coming October 2007. Simply awesome!

Reviewed by Dee Gentle
Posted February 10, 2007

SUMMARY

**2007 HONORABLE MENTION - BEST MAGICAL/FANTASY**

Eleven thousand years ago, before the seas swallowed the Atlantaens, Poseidon assigned a few chosen warriors to act as sentinels for humans in the new world. There was only one rule-desiring them was forbidden. But rules were made to be broken…

When she calls…
Riley Dawson is more than a dedicated Virginia Beach social worker. She's blessed with a mind link that only Atlantaens have been able to access for thousands of years. Being an "empath" may explain her wistful connection to the roiling waves of the ocean, the sanctuary it provides, and the sexual urges that seem to emanate from fathoms below…

He will come.
Conlan, the High Prince of Atlantis, has surfaced on a mission to retrieve Poseidon's stolen Trident. Yet something else has possessed Conlan: the intimate emotions-and desires-of a human. Irresistibly drawn to the uncanny beauty, Conlan soon shares more than his mind. But in the midst of a battle to reclaim Poseidon's power, how long can a forbidden love last between two different souls from two different worlds? Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy

Warriors of Poseidon reading order:

1. Atlantis Rising
1.5 Wild Hearts in Atlantis (novella from WILD THING anthology)
2. Atlantis Awakening
2.5 Shifter's Lady (novella from SHIFTER anthology)
2.6 The Princess and the Peas (novella from MAMMOTH BOOK OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE<
3. Atlanits Unleashed
4. Atlantis Unmasked
5. Atlantis Redeemed
6. Atlantis Betrayed

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Atlantis Rising
(Warriors of Poseidon: Book 1)
by Alyssa Day

Berkley Pub Group (Sensation)
March 1, 2007
Available: March 7, 2007
ISBN #0425214494
EAN #9780425214497
304 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Alyssa Day

Heart of Atlantis
Vampire in Atlantis
Atlantis Betrayed
Atlantis Redeemed
Atlantis Unmasked
Atlantis Unleashed
Wild Thing
Shifter
Atlantis Awakening


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