CdnMrs ARC Review : Heart of Atlantis (Warriors Of Poseidon Book 8 ) by Alyssa Day

11092162As 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.

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425245772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425245774
  • Buy at Amazon

I felt like I haven’t read one of Alyssa Day’s books in forever and I was really excited when I discovered that this book was available on NetGalley. I, like many of Alyssa Day’s fans, was really looking forward to Alaric and Quinn’s book, but as I read Heart of Atlantis I was kind of like meh.

Heart of Atlantis started with great action, but it was almost too much. There was no gentle introduction to the series, which is fine, it’s the author’s prerogative to start their book however they want, but to me felt a bit disorientating. I can’t even imagine what new readers to the Warriors of Poseidon series would feel like.

The dialogue of Heart of Atlantis was humourless at times, but was also full of way over the top hyperbole. I get that the world is about to end, horrible things are going down and Alaric’s hoping to end a 500 year sexual dry-spell, but often the dialogue moved from frantic to cartoony.

This time, it was Alaric who laughed out loud. As he led the way out of the room, he glanced back over his shoulder and realized that every single person in the room was staring at him, mouths hanging open in shock.

“He laughed.” Ven said. “Did you hear that? He actually laughed.”

Alaric all but dragged Quinn down the hall to get away from them.

“I laugh.” He muttered defensively.

“The occasional evil Mwah ha ha doesn’t count.” Quinn said, grinning up at him.

He couldn’t help it he laughed again.

Damn it.

 

There was a lot going on in the plot. For me though, it seemed disjointed, slightly convoluted and in the end kind of anti-climactic. The whole storyline with Jack seemed to fizzle out at the end and the book’s villain, Ptolemy Reborn, just kind of disappeared at the end. He seemed way too easy to get rid of.

I really like Quinn and Alaric as characters. They were witty together, even laughing at the ridiculousness of their unbelievable circumstances. Their romance, although a little drawn out, was beautiful when it came together and their love scenes were both sweet and steamy.

So, yeah, maybe it’s me but I felt like Heart of Atlantis fell kind of flat.

Meh.

ARC provided by NetGalley

Comments
  • Spaz January 4, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Meh is how I felt about the first book in this series. I picked it up a while back, and the only thing that I can remember from it was that the heroine continuously would say things to the hero along the lines of “Listen up, mister!” “Listen here, buster!” …. I am unable to can with that mess. There were definitely some hot heroes introduced, and I remember Alaric, but this confirms I made the correct choice in not pursuing the series further. Thanks for the review!

    • CdnMrs January 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Thanks for your comment!
      When I started reading the series I was really digging that whole “group of Alpha men series thing”, but lately I haven’t had the patience for it.
      A friend of mine, who’s opinion I usually agree with, gave Heart of Atlantis a 4 out of 5 so maybe it’s just me.

  • Merrian January 4, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I bailed on this series awhile back. I wanted to like it but it never rose above the messy and banal for me. If a reader can’t be brought to care about the characters, then that is that. Besides the obvious answer to the conundrum of love here is m/m/f menage.

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