Review: Atlantis Betrayed by Alyssa Day

Atlantis Betrayed
by Alyssa Day
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Available: September 7, 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance

What could Christophe, powerful Warrior of Poseidon, have in common with Fiona Campbell, the notorious jewel thief known as the Scarlet Ninja? Answer: The Siren, a legendary Crown Jewel that Fiona has targeted for her next heist. It’s said to be worth millions, but to Christophe it’s invaluable. For the Siren also happens to be one of the missing jewels from Poseidon’s trident. But breaking into the Tower of London is a two-person job, and Christophe and Fiona must team up to commit the crime of the century.

For Atlantis to rise again a variety of gems with special powers are needed and while a few have been collected and are safe in Atlantis, there are still a few in danger of falling into the wrong hands. Christophe is sent to London to retrieve the Siren, which happens to be an invaluable English crown jewel as well. While trying to steal the Siren Christophe runs into the Scarlet Ninja, aka Lady Fiona Campbell, a modern day Robin Hood who is a children’s book author by day and a highly skilled thief by night. When the Siren does fall into the wrong hands, they are forced to work together in order to keep humanity safe from evil forces and bring Atlantis a step closer to rising to the surface.

Christophe is an Atlantean warrior and it’s safe to say he could be considered the rebel, problem child of the group of Warriors we’ve gotten to know in the course of this series. He’s unstable due to the huge amount of powerful magic he has and though he fulfills his duty as protector of humanity he feels resentment towards them because of the torment inflicted upon him in his childhood. Christophe is blunt and direct and uses that as a defense mechanism and to hide his vulnerability. He is wicked, unruly and cocky. He’s a bad boy with a sense of honor and duty and very explosive in his emotions.

Small and intriguing tidbits about Christophe are revealed gradually. He is a fascinating and complicated character and I loved reading his story and seeing him fall hard for a woman, knowing he didn’t stand a chance of resisting. It’s fascinating to see how easily Christophe gives in to the lust he feels for Fiona and acts upon it and how reluctant he is in giving in to the falling in love with her and admitting to those feelings, while it’s clear as day to everyone.

Fiona is a lot more than meets the eye. Like Christophe her youth was far from peaceful and the double life she leads isn’t easy either. She is generous, empathetic and defiant, but she’s also courageous and not afraid to take charge when she needs to. Fiona reminded me a little of Lara Croft or Batgirl or any other female superhero with a double identity. I liked her character a lot but did feel like she fell a little bit short next to Christophe who was a commanding character that automatically drew the attention to him.

The banter between the characters (the warriors, the women, Fiona and her household) is right on the mark, as usual. I just love Alyssa Day’s sense of humor and her witty characters. Declan, Fiona’s baby brother, absolutely caught my attention in this one and I hope he’ll at least get a novella in this series someday. Another secondary character worth mentioning is Hopkins, Fiona’s butler, his protective streak and humor definitely brought something extra to this book and contributed to my enjoyment of it.

It took me a while (about 40-60 pages) to get into the story of ATLANTIS BETRAYED but once it got hold of me it just wouldn’t let go. First let me get one thing that bothered me a bit out of the way and then I’ll start my praise of this wonderful 5th book in the Warriors of Poseidon series.

I’m going to chuck it to the sexual pleasure-induced haze but I thought it was a bit weird that Fiona didn’t question or even pick up on Christophe’s references to Atlantis and Poseidon during their first time of lovemaking. A first time which also came way too soon in their story in my opinion. This particular part of the story felt rushed and a little out of place. I missed a the tension of a little build up towards the first sexual encounter in a book and it was as if I was missing some scenes between their very first encounter in the Tower and the moment they get hot and heavy and go at it. This being said, it was the only thing that really bothered me and I thoroughly enjoyed everything that happened after this small awkward part of ATLANTIS BETRAYED

When FV had ATLANTIS BETRAYED by Alyssa Day up for grabs for review I didn’t hesitate and signed up for it because I’ve been a fan of this series from the very first book and though I have my favorites and less favorites the overall story arc is one that is brilliantly executed by Alyssa Day and I really enjoy reading this series. I especially like the feel of this series, which is a combination of modern habits and language with the feel of old times. ATLANTIS BETRAYED absolutely fits in that feel.

All the installments of the Warrior of Poseidon series have been pretty hot but ATLANTIS BETRAYED brings it up another notch with some very explicit love scenes. I’ll be the last to object to that because it suited Christophe’s character, personality and the way she set him up in the previous books perfectly: wild and kinky. The love scenes were one of the things that set this installment apart from the others, next to the different setting, which was in Europe (London) this time.

ATLANTIS BETRAYED is a novel filled with betrayal, power plays, hidden agendas, awesome fight sequences, steamy passion and some surprising turn of events. I loved it and can’t wait for the next book in the series and the next twists and turns in this world Alyssa Day has created and is expanding with every installment, working towards an ending that’s setting my speculative skills in gear.

So if you love your paranormal romances to steam it up a little and you have a penchant for wicked bad boy heroes and paranormal characters other than just vampires and werewolves, definitely check this series and ATLANTIS BETRAYED out, you won’t regret it.

Favorite Quotes:

Oh, yes. He was trouble.

Trouble blinked; long, dark lashes closing over emerald-green eyes so gorgeous they had to be illegal in most of Europe. Then he threw back his head and laughed, and shivers traced a delicate pattern down her spine. His deep, rich laugh was dark chocolate and champagne and silk sheets all presented in a wickedly mouthwatering package.

Wicked little wench. She was going to be very, very sorry she’d ever shot an Atlantean warrior. He might have to tie her up and take a considerable amount of time teaching her a lesson.

With his lips.

With his cock.

Other books in the series:

  • Atlantis Rising
  • Atlantis Awakening
  • Atlantis Unleashed
  • Atlantis Unmasked
  • Atlantis Redeemed

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Comments

  1. says

    It seems like Alyssa Day hits the mark again with this installment and I really need to have a dose of Poseidon warriors soon. Of course I don't mind it at all that the steamy passion is upped a notch too ;)

  2. says

    Oh good to know it's worth the read – thanks Pearl. I have this to review but keep passing it over…which is weird since I've liked the other books in the series.

  3. says

    Nice Job, Pearl!! (You do write lovely reviews!)

    Tori – I'm with you, I think this is my favorite in the series.

    Unlike Pearl, I enjoyed the "early" sex (and didn't notice the references! LOL)… I liked that they literally jumped right into things this time around! But I do get what you mean by that. This book definitely turned up the hot and heavy meter!

    Thanks!!

  4. says

    ATLANTIS BETRAYED is a novel filled with betrayal, power plays, hidden agendas

    Why does this sound like it was written for me… I love a little skulduggery in my romance..

    Great round up hon..

    :)