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Gr 5-10-Barron leaves Arthurian legend behind to explore the legend of Atlantis, beginning with Promi, a young thief with a strong sweet tooth, who angers his city's leaders by stealing a jeweled belt buckle from the evil Deputy High Priest Grukarr. Promi soon learns that he has become part of an ongoing conflict between good and evil. The forces of evil are led by Grukarr, while the forces of good are embodied in Atlanta, a girl with magical powers and a love of nature. While Promi and Atlanta have different views on things like the importance of eating sweets, they soon develop a friendship and work together to defeat Grukarr's plans to destroy Atlanta's beloved forest home. A mysterious prophecy, magical creatures, and visits to the spirit realm add complexity to the ongoing action as Promi faces a variety of dangers and learns how to use his own magical abilities. Atlanta and Promi's relationship grows realistically as they work together, and Promi learns about sacrificing his own pleasure for what really matters. The conclusion is bittersweet and explains the creation of Atlantis, leaving room for sequels. While there's more action than character development, fans of Barron's many books about Merlin will find much to enjoy here, as will those who loved of Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson" books (Hyperion).-Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Promi lives by his wits as a knife-wielding thief in the City of Great Powers, caring only about himself. A chance involvement with a young girl named Atlanta involves him in the conflict between grasping evil priest Grukarr and the young girl, who is defending the last natural magic in the land of Ellegandia. Can Promi care enough about something other than himself to fulfill his destiny? An author’s foreword indicates that this is Barron’s vision of the birth of Atlantis, but the bulk of the book is about Promi and his journey, with only a few pages at the end indicating the island’s creation as a consequence of Promi’s actions. This ably developed fantasy fits comfortably within the young-person-discovering-his-magical-talents category, although those who liked, for example, the Septimus Heap series may find this a bit slowgoing. Each chapter begins with journal quotes from Promi and an unnamed source (it isn’t clear if it is Atlanta or someone else), and maps bracket the story, showing Ellegandia and Atlantis. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With the Merlin Saga and the Heartlight Saga, Barron established himself as one of the go-to guys for middle-grade fantasy. Comic-Con promotions will only increase demand. Grades 4-8. --Cindy WelchSee all Editorial Reviews
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 22 days 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 2 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 6 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 7 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 9 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 9 months ago by Salvatore M. Mancino
Promi is a lowly thief who survives by stealing what he needs. But one day, he goes too far and steals something that gets him thrown into a dungeon where he learns of a prophecy... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dena