Over eleven thousand years ago, before Atlantis sunk into the sea, a group of warriors met with the sea god's high priest. They were divided into seven groups of seven and assigned each a sacred duty and a magic-imbued gemstone. Some were to sink to the bottom of the world, shielded from prying eyes. Others were to join the lands of humans at assigned locations. They would serve as first warning on the eve of humanity's destruction. Only then would Atlantis rise again.
Conlan, High Prince of Atlantis, had been captured by Anubisa, the vampire goddess, and tortured for seven years. When he finally returns to Atlantis, nearly dead, it is to learn that Poseidon's Trident has been stolen. He, and the rest of the Seven Warriors of Poseidon, are to surface and retrieve it. Along side the group would be the high priest and Ven, the King's Vengeance. Poseidon's Trident has been the vehicle of ascension for Atlantean kings for millennia. Without it, Conlan could not ascend to the Atlantean throne.
Still raw from Anubisa's torture, Conlan does not wait for the others before heading out for the surface. Upon reaching air, his mind is bombarded with a mind link that only Atlanteans have been able to access. However, this time the link came from a human female who is being attacked by creatures of the night. Conlan finds himself possessed with the need to locate her, protect her, and make her his. Problem is that desiring a human is taboo.
Riley Dawson is a dedicated Virginia Beach social worker. She and her sister, Quinn, have always been emotional empaths. However, they believed it to be a type of twin speak (even though they were almost a year different in age). Being an empath is hard on the heart, especially in her profession. Therefore, she often heads for the beach for quiet healing. Riley knew she should not be out after human curfew. (Only recently have the vampires and shape shifters announced their existence.) But nothing could keep her from the beach after such a dreadful day. The last thing she expected was to be attacked by a group of men. Or for a male of obviously great power to link with her and heed her mental call for help. Riley certainly never expected to find herself among a group of Atlantean Warriors and in the middle of a war!
***** OMG! OMG! I have never come across a plot such as this! I found it to be totally original. Author Alyssa Day grabbed me with an iron hook before I even finished reading the very first paragraph. When that happens, I know the story has great potential; Alyssa Day did not let me down.
This IS a stand alone story, but I am having difficulty forcing myself to wait for the second book in this series. (Actually, book two will be a novella in the May 2007 anthology WILD THING. Book three, ATLANTIS AWAKENING will be released as a full length novel in November 2007. Sample of it is in the back of ATLANTIS RISING.) Be sure you keep note of the info above, because I pity anyone who misses out on this stellar series. Paranormal Romance gets no better than this! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.