Title: Vampire in Atlantis
Author: Alyssa Day
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Warriors of Poseidon (Book 7)
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Format: Paperback, 336 Pages
ISBN-10: 0425241793 (Berkley Sensation)
ISBN-13: 978-0425241790 (Berkley Sensation)
Reviewed by: Rachael
The most unexpected of all allies to Poseidon’s warriors has proven to be the fiercest—Daniel, a vampire and Night Guild mage. But even the strongest alliance can be destroyed when an 11,000 year-old desire is reborn…
A vampire’s oath, a maiden’s quest…
Daniel, vampire and ally of the Warriors of Poseidon, has fought on the side of humanity—even against his fellow creatures of the night—for more than 11,000 years. But the crushing weight of futility and the reality of always being starkly, utterly alone has forced him to finally give into despair. He took the first step into the sunlight that would destroy him—and instead walked into Atlantis.
And the blackest of magic that could consume them both…
Eleven thousand years ago, Serai was one of a group who agreed to be placed into magical stasis to ensure the future of the Atlantean race. When a dark sorceress steals the gemstone that protects her sleeping sisters, she awakens to a vastly changed world—and the one man she could never, ever forget. And with an ancient evil tracking their every step, the long-lost lovers must battle both the darkest of magic and the treacheries of their own hearts.
Quick & Dirty: Strong characters and great world building draw you in and keep you strapped to your chair, turning pages. Fast paced with notable action and steamy love scenes.
Opening Sentence: Daniel looked out at the sea of red eyes glaring back at him in the vast oak-and-marble chamber of the Primus and wondered, not for the first time, why the hell he’d ever wanted to be the ruler of the North American Vampires.
I have been waiting on Daniel’s story since he was first introduced in Atlantis Rising. I knew that he would have an interesting story. I love Daniel and his struggle to do the right thing even though he is a vampire in a world where being a vampire means you are evil. Daniel has continually stepped up and helped the Warriors of Poseidon, Quinn and her rebels many times, even at the risk of outing himself. Vampire in Atlantis tells Daniel’s much-anticipated story. We learn how he became a vampire and the reasons behind why he fights so hard to retain his humanity.
Day’s world building continues in Vampire in Atlantis as she takes us back 11,000 years to Atlantis just before the events transpire to sink it beneath the sea. I was drawn into the story that Day tells of a young, hardworking blacksmith apprentice and the beautiful young maiden that he falls in love with, and the terrible events that pull them apart.
At the start of the book, Daniel has had enough with his loneliness and despair and decides that he wants to face his true death. As he watches the sun rise he is drawn to Atlantis just as Serai is trying to escape. Startled, the two realize that the other is still alive. They embark on a journey to save Serai and her sister maidens, whom remain in stasis. The relationship between the two grows and you can see how they fell in love all those years ago.
I love Alyssa Day and her world filled with strong alpha warriors and stronger female characters. Vampire in Atlantis is no different from the previous six books in that regard. Daniel protects Serai and helps her find the Emperor and regain herself after being locked in stasis for 11,000 years. Serai helps Daniel see his own self worth and to see the good in the things that he has accomplished when he only sees the horrors that he has committed. Serai was a little weak to me in the beginning. She whined and at times seemed a bit childish. I expected her to be stronger to match Daniel’s fierceness. After learning of her ordeal I am a bit more sympathetic to her and when the time came she took charge and became the strong female character that I have come to expect from Day. Both characters grow throughout the book and emerge on the other side stronger and better for it.
All the other Warriors of Poseidon make appearances in the story. I was disappointed with Conlan and the other warriors in their actions toward Serai and Daniel, even after all that they themselves had been through with their own mates. Day also hints at a possible relationship between Reisen and a gothic computer whiz named Melody. I look forward to seeing more of the two of them in future books as well as the most anticipated relationship between Quinn and Alaric.
Overall, I enjoyed Daniel and Serai’s story. Vampire in Atlantis is fast paced with lots of action as Daniel, the Atlantean warriors, and their allies fight to protect mankind. Once again, I was sucked into the world that Day created and lost track of time. If you want to escape reality for a while, Vampire in Atlantis is a must.
“Stand back, female, or face my wrath,’ Serai declared in English, holding her hands out to her side in the ready position.
Quinn’s mouth fell open, and the impudent woman began to laugh. At Serai. Anger heated up, became rage.
“Seriously? Face my Wrath?’ Quinn shook her head. “Daniel, where did you get her? Melodrama R Us?’
Serai’s face flushed. It had sounded a little over the top even as she said it, but she wasn’t exactly experienced at facing down humans in combat. The tiger paced forward, snarling at Daniel, until it stood next to Quinn.
“I’m out of practice at issuing warnings, human” Serai snapped. “But how is this for something you can understand? Keep your pet kitten away from Daniel, or I will be forced to harm it.”
The tiger paused, mid-snarl, tilted its head to the side, and stared at her, its tongue hanging out the side of its mouth. It almost looked like he, too was laughing at her.
Quinn laughed. “Right. Daniel, tell your girlfriend there that we don’t have time for all this posturing and to stay away from Jack or she’ll get hurt. Now we need o talk about what you’re doing here –“
The tiger’s snarl interrupted the human just before it signaled its intent to attack by bunching its powerful muscles and tensing for the leap. Daniel growled deep in his throat, almost as wild as the tiger, but Serai was suddenly fed up with all of them. She called to the pure magic of Atlantis, the magic she had once wielded with little skill but that now rushed to her call. Jack leapt into the air again, but this time Serai knocked Daniel out of the way, and she sprang up to meet the tiger.
On its own terms.
Daniel fell backward, knocked out of the way by more than a quarter ton of tiger. He landed on his ass, and bounced back up immediately, wincing as the tigers crashed into each other. Serai had transformed in an instant’s shimmer of magic into an enormous tiger – bigger than even Jack, nearly as big as a horse. She roared, and Daniel almost fell over.
She wasn’t just a tiger. She was a saber-toothed tiger.
Warriors of Poseidon Series:
1. Atlantis Rising
2. Atlantis Awakening
3. Atlantis Unleashed
4. Atlantis Unmasked
5. Atlantis Redeemed
6. Atlantis Betrayed
7. Vampire in Atlantis
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