May 26, 2010

Poseidon’s warriors swore an oath eleven thousand years ago to protect humanity from those who stalked the night. Yet when a woman with an ancient Gift dares to claim the heart of one of Poseidon’s fiercest warriors, the world teeters on the knife’s edge between desire and darkness . . .

Alexios survived two years of unspeakable torture at the hands of a vampire goddess. Now he’s been ordered to team up with a beautiful warrior and take on the most dangerous mission of his life: to retrieve the Vampire’s Bane. Without it, Atlantis can’t ascend to the surface and take its rightful place in the world. But when evil threatens, will Alexios be led by duty—or his heart?

Grace is part of the rebellion against the vampires and shape-shifters trying to take over her world. She is deadly with her bow, because when she takes aim, she never misses her target. But suddenly she’s focused on a damaged Atlantean warrior who sees her as a weapon, not as a woman. When thousands of lives are on the line, will passion overrule, or will her aim still be true?

When two worlds collide…Atlantis is unmasked.

Grace Havilland is a descendant of the Goddess of the Hunt, Diana, complete with bow and arrows. She's a true warrior woman who is independent, fierce, headstrong and courageous.

Alexios is a Warrior of Poseidon who is a lot more than meets the eye. He is quiet and intense, sincere and honorable, loyal, powerful, broken and uncertain he is able to love. His imprisonment with the vampire Goddess Anubisa has left him scarred both emotionally and physically.

ATLANTIS UNMASKED starts right after an attack on the St. Louis rebel headquarters. Grace's best friend Michelle is injured in the attack and when Alexios and Grace are alone after taking the seriously injured Michelle to the hospital, they share a kiss that sends Alexios running as fast as he can from Grace. But he can't keep running because when the Fae High Prince contacts Grace wanting her to set up a meeting with the Atlanteans to discuss the problems with the vampires, he is sent back to her as the Atlantean representative and to train the group of rebel recruits she commands. Amidst feral shifter attacks, injuries and sparring sessions Grace and Alexios grow closer and closer and the attraction between them is undeniable.

I don't know what to say about this installment of the Warriors of Poseidon so this isn't going to be one of my long-winded, ranting and raving reviews. It definitely felt different from the previous books I read in this series. In every series there's a book that is what I call the transition book. The book that falls right in the middle of the overall story arc and even though it continues the arc it doesn't move forward with it. To me ATLANTIS UNMASKED was the transition book in this series. I liked it a lot but I did miss the sizzle of the first few books in this series and I missed the overall story arc a bit as it was just mentioned a few times. And I am also a bit ambivalent about the ending. Though it rounded off the book perfectly, it was kind of sudden and felt a bit rushed compared to the rest of it. It felt to me as if all the action and resolution were cramped into the last 20 pages and I am not used to that by Alyssa Day. This was an installment I just didn't feel as connected with as with the rest of the books in this series. Unfortunately that can happen.

Were there things I liked about the book too, you ask? Of course there were! I love the banter between the warriors, which was of old and a joy to read again and their self-deprecating humor that gets to me every single time. I loved a certain joyful event that took place in the beginning of the book, an event I have been waiting for from the moment I closed the first book. I loved that the mutual pining and not acting on it stopped just before it started to bother me. I loved that the focus was on the romance between Grace and Alexios and liked the fodder for speculations about the Fae, Alaric, Quinn and Michelle sprinkled throughout the book. I adored Christophe who is getting cockier and more fascinating by the page and I can't wait to read his story and see him find the woman who will make him take it down a notch. So thanks to the ambivalent ending that predicted a lot of interesting twists and turns to come I am looking forward to continuing with the next installment of this series.

She’d met Alexios months ago and seen him sporadically since but she’d never been in such a small space with him. It felt like being trapped in a cage with a lion who’d just eaten a full meal. Deadly, dangerous and exhilarating, but maybe –just maybe– you’d live through it.

“Let’s get out of here then,” Christophe said. “It’s stioll early enough to find a top-notch ale and a woman with a big, round ass who is willing to do very nasty things to me.”

If a poem could dance of the pages of a book and wield daggers and a sword, the sight of it might come close to describing Alexios in motion.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10


Because I had the pleasure of winning a signed copy of ATLANTIS UNMASKED and I’d already bought my copy to read before that, I now have two copies of it and since I have no need for two copies I’ve decided to give away the unsigned copy to one of my readers/followers.

All you have to do to enter is tell me what you’re reading at the moment and leave me a way to contact you.

This giveaway is open to all and I’ll randomly pick a winner on Friday, June 4th!!

Have fun!


Diana (Book of Secrets) said...

This books sounds good. I have the others in my TBR pile. Right now I'm reading SHADOW MAGIC by Donna Grant. Love it!


Dawn said...

I'd like to try an Alyssa Day book. I'm reading Moonlight Warrior by Janet Chapman.

Natascha / Ashleagh said...

I'm still anxious to get on in this series but after the months I call my "book-depression-age" I´m getting back into the habbit again. At the moment I´m rounding up Catherine Kean´s A Knight´s Persuasion and after that I´m leaning towards Paula Quinn´s Ravished by a highlander, but so many scream off my shelves that that last one is still up for discussion!

Blodeuedd said...

Hm, I have heard so much about these. But can I enter, I mean if I haven't read the books before? or do they have to be in order, I am very particular about that ;)

And I am reading The Wolf Next door by Lydia Dare, really good.

blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

tetewa said...

I'm enjoying this series! I'm reading Bite Me by Christopher Moore and enjoying it!

s7anna said...

I've been wanting to read Alyssa's books so this would be a great way to experience her writing.

I am currently reading Quiet as the Grave by Kathleen O'Brien.

Thanks for the great giveaway.


Nicole said...

I am currently reading Magic Bleeds (again) by Ilona Andrews. :)


LaurenC said...

Currently reading Changeless by Gail Carriger.

Laurenc999 at gmail dot com

mbreakfield said...


Spav said...

Right now I'm reading Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey.


throuthehaze said...

I am reading Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Victoria said...

This sounds good. I'm just about finished with Rachel Vincent's SHIFT.

Lucy said...

At the moment I'm reading The Hunter of Gennita Low.

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