When I read the first Warriors of Atlantis novel, Atlantis Rising, and the subsequent short story in Wild Thing, I was not overwhelmed with the writing and the characters. It was interesting, but a little “same song second verse” to me. But, I withheld my judgment because I could see the promise, if not the actual delivery, in those entries to the series.
However, this book was a different story. It was interesting, full of rich characterizations, and just plain fun to read. Day has managed to make this a world I want to revisit. The baddies are a a bit cariacature-ish, but still nasty enough to add some tension. Her secondary characters were more fully explored in this entry. You start to see the complexities behind some of the plot points as she explores these other people. It really whetted my appetite for more books.
What is especially done well is the relationship between the hero and heroine, Ven and Erin. I believed in it and wanted them to be together by the end. I sincerely liked both of them and really respected Ven’s fighting ability. It is a really cool relationship of mutual respect and love.
I highly recommend this book for those of you following the series, and it could standalone, if you haven’t read the earlier two entries. Very fun, quick read. (Plus the covers are scrumptious!)
Ven has served as leader of the Seven, the elite guard sworn to serve the high prince of Atlantis, for more than four hundred years. But Prince Conlan – Ven’s older brother – wants Ven to act as general to the ragtag group of human rebels who have been battling the vampires and shape-shifters on their own. Ven reluctantly agreed, but nobody ever warned him that the rebel was beautiful . . . and a witch.
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