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Atlantis Rising (Atlantis Saga) Hardcover – September 26, 2013
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The problems began immediately, with the introduction of the main character, a sassy and spunky orphan street thief with a heart of gold who is good with a knife, though not good enough to avoid trouble with a corrupt and brutal priest that ends up in a chase scene where our street thief (Promi) gets to toss off barbs at the chasing guards while performing acrobatic feats of derring do. Now, I’ve always been one to lets tropes be tropes—we’re working in genre here after all—so long as the author does something special with them. But this book just lacked any sort of spark to differentiate the same old from the same old.
Soon, Promi is meeting with a wise old stranger who gives him a history lesson (not the first example of clumsily transparent exposition, nor the last) and then a prophecy, and then he’s meeting with another wise old stranger who gives him the gift of magic, along with a small sarcastic non-human companion, and then he’s meeting with another stranger, this one from the magical forest filled with fairies and centaurs and then he has a quest for a magical gem and to save all magic. Well. I said I’d be brief.
The plot was muddled, filled with logic gaps, trite. The characters were stock, especially the mustache-twirling corrupt priest with his inhuman evil sidekick (seen only as a shadow of course).Read more ›
Atlantis Rising begins a saga, a three part trilogy, that will recount the secret origins of the legendary island of Atlantis. It’s the story of a journey undertaken by young Promi. Promi is a thief, and fittingly so, for he quickly stole my heart. He’s a likeable urchin, almost Dickensian in nature — a loner whose only familial tie is the scrap of a melody from a song sung to him by the ghost of a memory. Though it appears he’s an honorable thief with his own moral code (Promi steals sweets and baked goods to fill his hungry belly, and he won’t steal from kids, the elderly, or mothers with small children.), Promi would be the first to tell you that he’s “definitely not virtuous.” When the seemingly uncatchable boy thief is seized by the authorities and locked away in a dungeon, he meets some mysterious people who open his eyes and start him on a new path.
Ellegandia, Promi’s home, is a special place whose name means “a land set apart”. To give you a taste of the history and mythos of this enchanted territory: A golden flower, eternally in bloom, graces Ellegandia’s flag. In the Great Forest reside beauty and power, in the form of natural magic. There, animals and humans live in harmony.Read more ›
After receiving the 370+ page book, I had my doubts if I would be able to finish such a long book in a genre that I usually avoid. I stepped outside my comfort zone and started to read.
To my surprise, I had no problem completing the book in just a handful of days. Atlantis Rising captured my attention. I was hooked. Yes, I was up for an adventure that took me to the magical land of Ellegandia. For an unknown reason, I connected with a young thief named Promi. Perhaps, I was intrigued by his love for sweets or his ability to elude the evil elements of society. There was no shortage of villains who were collaborating to destroy both the mortal and the immortal worlds.
Promi’s ability to overcome his personal shortcomings and the evil forces was aided by fellow protagonist, Atlanta. Promi had additional assistance from the Listener magic he received from Jaladay and the magical knife that was bestowed upon him by the river god.
I was fascinating by the concept of Listener magic. “Listener magic does not take anything away from the world. Nor does it force anything new upon the world. Rather, it simply listens to the underlying truth of the world. “ 99
Despite urgings from others and the added benefit of magical powers, Promi was selfish and reluctant to get involved. This is exemplified in the following passage. “He (Promi) couldn’t imagine giving up the life he’d always known to help Atlanta.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This one started out promising, but sadly it didn’t really stay that way. The story is about a young thief, Promi, who has to save his realm from destruction by stealing an all... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Katy Wood
Really loved the mood, pace, and imagination Barron brings to this novel. I haven't read the others, but will consider them. Interesting read.Published 4 months ago by onegoodstory
The main character, Promi, is memorable and is exactly the sort of person you can’t help but to cheer for. Read morePublished 6 months ago by DavidWiley
Love, love, love this book. It is a bit cliche, but it's hard to find a cliche book as good as this one. The characters are wonderful and vivid, and the setting is quite mystical. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
T.A. Barron takes a different route in telling the story of the creation of Atlantis in "Atlantis Rising" & not surprisingly succeeds very nicely. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Paul L.
My kid loved this book. She said once you started to read it, you are not able to stop reading this book. So she finished reaing it in one day.Published 13 months ago by JE
Great book for my son in Middle school. He loves the series as a pleasant change from Hunger Games and Harry Potter. He is reading the entire series.Published 13 months ago by Salvatore M. Mancino