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- Publisher: Clean Reads (14 Nov. 2017)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0777J2MC8
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Atlantis is an interpretation of the myth, presented as a fantasy/mystery story.
The idea of a lost, but highly advanced civilization has captured the interest of people for centuries. Perhaps the most compelling of these tales is the story of Atlantis. The story appears again and again in books, television shows and movies. Where did the story originate and is any of it true?
The story of the lost continent of Atlantis starts in 355 B.C. with the Greek philosopher Plato. Plato had planned to write a trilogy of books discussing the nature of man, the creation of the world, and the story of Atlantis, as well as other subjects. Only the first book was ever completed.
In Plato's book, Timaeus, a character named Kritias gives an account of Atlantis that has been in his family for generations. According to the character, the story was originally told to his ancestor, Solon, by a priest during Solon's visit to Egypt.
There had been a powerful empire located to the west of the "Pillars of Hercules" (what we now call the Straight of Gibraltar) on an island in the Atlantic Ocean. The nation there had been established by Poseidon, the God of the Sea. Poseidon fathered five sets of twins on the island. The firstborn, Atlas, had the continent and the surrounding ocean named for him. Poseidon divided the land into ten sections, each to be ruled by a son, or his heirs.
The capital city of Atlantis was a marvel of architecture and engineering. The city was composed of a series of concentric walls and canals. At the very center was a hill, and on top of the hill a temple to Poseidon. Inside was a gold statue of the God of the Sea showing him driving six winged horses.
About 9000 years before the time of Plato, after the people of Atlantis became corrupt and greedy, the gods decided to destroy them. A violent earthquake shook the land, giant waves rolled over the shores, and the island sank into the sea, never to be seen again.
So, is the story of Atlantis just a fable used by Plato to make a point? Or is there some reason to think he was referring to a real place?
If we make the assumption that Atlantis was a real place, it seems logical that it could be found west of the Straight of Gibraltar near the Azores Islands. In 1882 a man named Ignatius Donnelly published a book titled Atlantis, the Antediluvian World. Donnelly, an American politician, had come to the belief that Plato's story represented actual historical fact. As time went on it became obvious that Donnelly's theories were faulty. Modern scientific surveys of the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean shows it is covered with a blanket of sediment that must have taken millions of years to accumulate. There is no sign of a sunken island continent.
This story is based on the existence of Atlantis in the form of a supernatural fantasy and mythical tale. Atlantis is the author’s debut novel.
The author describes the soaring peaks of the Atlantis mountain range glistened white where they met the deep, clear blue sky, and no winds disturbed the majestic stillness of the trees.
The innermost and smallest ring of land was on high ground and looked like a hill on an island surrounded by water. Within it were situated the central forces of rulership, the palace with all its attached buildings, the accommodation for the warriors, and also the temple grounds. The courtyard of the palace are the golden statues of all the kings(144) that had reigned Atlantis.
They entered the underground labyrinth system, which consisted of an intricate web of pathways that connected the palace to the temple as well as all the halls, chiselled out of the mixture of stone and sandstone upon which the buildings of the first ring were constructed, the system of pathways also extended underneath the artificial water channels and had several exits.
30 years prior, Andromeda was brought to the palace to be presented to the temple. How could a woman who was marked for the highest position in the temple be simply overlooked? She had the marking and they never knew why she wasn’t accepted there. And when Andromeda grew up, asking all these questions about her marking, they had to tell her the truth.
The gorge is haunted. Some people say there is a woman up there, moving around in the forest, tall and handsome, mysterious. She has been seen on several occasions by all different kinds of people; hunters, gatherers, loggers.
When Alanthea, present high-priestess of Atlantis, connects to a woman in her dreams, she becomes haunted by a mystery. Compelled to trace the other woman's life, she finds coded poems that hold clues to the predicament of her people. Now she has to venture ever farther into forbidden territory to link past and present, and understand the real danger threatening Atlantis.
Arakon always thought of himself as an orphan, a loner without any real belonging. But after a strange encounter his life changes, and he is drawn into events beyond his control. He had been riding for three days, and he was tired. Weakness was setting in, and his head throbbed. Where was the horse? Where was he?
“Stillness settled again, and a light wind was rustling through the trees. The pain behind his eyes subsided, and his vision cleared. And as he turned to mount his horse he saw her again, clearer this time, the woman, standing straight and tall, her long, dark hair falling right down to her waist. But then the wind dispersed the mists, and she disappeared, leaving Arakon to stare into nothingness.”
In this novel the author poses questions relating to creation, destiny, fate, and curse. These aspects influence the path of life despite choice.
We examine creation by the gods. It gives a different account of evolution, of how destiny is created.
As representative of the temple, Alanthea’s mission was to seek the truth about Andromeda. “You look just like her,” Andromeda’s mother said to Atlanthea.
Arakon had a desperate urgency for connection. Was it fate that he also saw the presence of Andromeda? He must not forget what he saw.
The truth about the two main characters Atlanthea and Arakon in this novel is:
“They move parallel in their search for answers until their destinies converge, and the weave unravels. Yet what they finally uncover lies deep at the heart of collective evolution, and what has been set in motion cannot be undone.”
To be trained to become high priestess, girls must have gifts enabling them to receive visions, and it is that power within them that has to be handled with the greatest of care. Why was Andromeda overlooked to become Highpriestess?
“Would the palace, the late king for example, have the right to override this?... A marked girl is not an affair of the state.”
The people of Atlantis questioned their destiny:
“Where are the gods?.. Did they abandon us? Do they no longer care, or is it that they never existed? And has it maybe always been the kings who forged the destiny of Atlantis with their right to absolute dominion?”
“When my father, the king, who was actually not my father, died, he reminded me once again that I did not have the birth right to be his heir in the full meaning of itself…..This means that the power that has so far ruled the kingdom was no longer passing forward.”
The curse was passed on paving Atlantis’ destiny:
'Above, below it all looks grey, and mighty men it fell. Where right and left is led astray in mirrors sadly sundering’. Doesn’t this repeat the notion of things being turned around, or upside down? ’Read with the myth that a marked girl is some kind of protector watching over Atlantis, since they no longer have a king and a queen, hope for salvatio, still exists.
“The challenge of our own evolution?” That the line of the kings is different from , that they carry superior genetic knowledge.” But the marked girls naturally felt responsible for the well-being of others, and Atlanthea, was no exception.
Having the gift of vision of the coming of floods and earthquake, was the High priestess Atlanthea, now destined to direct her people to safety? She felt there was a force stronger than free will that bound some people into destinies they would not choose for themselves.
“They could not get close, for the waters were too shallow, and it seemed that in one night the whole sea level had risen, forever drowning the landmass with its waters.”
A in-depth tale, expressing thought-provoking values for survival, myth, and symbolic meanings that parallels with present life.
6 February 2018
Atlantis is a good but very slow read. The characters are interesting and the setting is done in a fantastic way, but the drawback for me was how slow the story progressed. There is plenty of mystery but nothing that makes the reader want to turn the next page as fast as they can. This is why I am giving this a 4 rather than a 5. The narrative is very nicely edited and it appears there is plenty of room to expand on the characters and the universe in a sequel. Next time, just get some more action in there so that it moves a bit faster.
This book is what you think it is about the fabled Atlantis. The city that disappeared, now whichever you believe be it contented or island. The novel’s main characters in this book are a high priestess named Alanthea and Arakon. We learn some interesting history about what occurred over hundreds of years ago in Atlantis that changes its fate. When Alanthea begins to have visions of a woman named Andromeda she is convinced that finding out the truth of who this woman is will be very important for the future of Atlantis. But she is having a hard time finding out why she just disappeared. Then there is
Arakon is a hard-working man, content to live and work in peaceful solitude in the mountains. But his destiny changes after a meeting with a mysterious woman as he takes a shortcut. He also has visions and powers that draw him to Alanthea. The past cannot stay hidden forever, as long-buried secrets explode into the light, and the fate of an entire civilization is sealed.
Now before I ruin this for you I will leave off here. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. If you do like this book, please consider leaving a review. The Authors really like it when you do; they value your opinions too