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"Atlantaean Prince finds himself in HOT HOT Water!"

Conlan, High Prince and heir to the throne of the Seven Isles of Atlantis has just been set free after seven years of torture by the evil goddess of Death, the vampiress Anubisa, only to return to his beloved kingdom to find that Poseidon's trident, the instrument of his ascension, has been stolen by one of their own - an idealist named Reisen. Though joyous at his return his Warriors wonder if he can no longer be trusted. Even Conlan himself has doubts as to the damage that has been done to his soul. However while healing Conlan's body Alaric, his boyhood friend now High Priest of Poseidon's temple, discerns that he is miraculously whole in both mind and spirit.

With the Trident missing, the entire world as they know it is on the brink of collapse, and with shapeshifters and vampires now living openly among the human population Poseidon's warriors have been sworn to protect, the danger is too great for a long reunion with his men. Conlan and his elite guard "The Seven" (including Alaric and Colan's brother Prince Ven, "The King's Vengeance") must immediately go to the surface world to return the power to the rightful hands.

Conlan emerges first from the waters and is immediately bombarded with an unexpected telepathic connection. A human woman is in grave danger on the beach and is broadcasting her distress. He is stunned to realize that he can not only hear her thoughts but can also feel her emotions. Could she be "Aknasha" an empath? One of this kind had not been discovered for generations. Why does his rage at the thought of her being in danger push more important thoughts like recovering the trident right out of his head?

Riley Dawson, a social worker has had a really bad day in a string of bad days. Her clients were the poor, the downtrodden and the abused. Something about being near water had always soothed her. For that she had disregarded curfew, which had been a grave mistake. Riley considers herself tough but realizes that she is no match for three men bent on rape or worse. Shoring up her defenses for a fight, she is shocked when a man appears out of the water to command the elements and aid her in a most unusual manner.

Riley had always known that she had empathic abilities, although until now she had only shared the ability with her sister, Quinn. She is not sure she can trust the stranger but once she is inside his mind she is able to view his personal hell, and knows that in spite of all he's been through evil has not touched his soul.

The others finally arrive only to find their Prince dallying with a human female, Conlan becomes nearly feral with the macho instinct to defend what he considers his. How can this deep soul connection be, when he is expected to submit to the traditional arranged marriage? Before long Conlan is certain of one thing, not even Poseidon can stand in his way when it comes to being with Riley.

But they have more to contend with than just a misguided Atlantaean zeolot. The vampire Barrabus, also known as Senator Barnes of the new Primus branch of Congress wants the trident's power for himself, and then there is Anubisa who doesn't share her toys at all well! Throw in Riley's sister Quinn who has secretly been leading the reisistance along with a pack of shapeshifters and the story has just begun to get interesting. And for the icing on the cake it's becoming apparent to Conlan that his old friend Alaric, forced to celibacy by his position, a man who's only mistress is power, may very well be feeling the same connection to Riley's sister.

Get ready for a heavy dose of testosterone! Fortunately the Dawson women are definitely up to handling it all, and then some. The battle to save their world from a second cataclysm is just beginning. This is a hot beginning to what I think will be a very enthralling series. Look for "Wild Hearts in Atlantis" in the May anthology WILD THINGS, as well as ATLANTIS AWAKENING, Ven's story coming in October 2007.

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted April 30, 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
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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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