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Daughter of the Sea [Kindle Edition]

Mira Zamin
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Engaged against her will, Calista, a young Roman aristocrat, grapples with the annihilation of her world at the hands of her would-be husband. The violent aftermath uncovers a connection to the mythological land of Atlantis, shattering Calista’s conception of family, the gods—and herself.

Calista does not know why the sea sings in her veins—or why her parents have affianced her to the insidious Lord Avaritus. She watches, powerless, as he ruthlessly annihilates all she loves.

When Calista tries escape with the remnants of her family, a storm strikes their vessel and Calista is hurled overboard. She reemerges in Atlantis, summoned by the leaders of the undersea domain. The very fiber of her identity shudders after she learns that she is the daughter of Neptune—and not quite mortal.

Despite the manipulation of Atlantis’s leaders and the romantic temptations of a pair of smirking grey eyes, Calista must find a way to return to Portus Tarrus to rescue her family and seek revenge against the man who destroyed everything she held dear.


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Dash of Mythology, History, and Atlantis January 31, 2012
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Greek/Roman mythology has always held a special place in my heart right along with fairy tales and folklore. This story interlaces strands of Greek/Roman mythology, history, and Atlantis. Yes. Atlantis gets its very own characterization. Why? Because the lost civilization leaves some much to the imagination with all the fog surrounding the existence and mysterious technology. Knowing this, I was more than happy to delve into this novel.

The novel had rich environments with great integration of mythology. Unfortunately, rather than a seamless dream, I felt as if I was being jerked around. It started off as being a story about a aristocratic Roman girl, progressing to be a half-godling girl, and then finally about a girl without anywhere to go. A lot to swallow in a single novel. Granted that there was never a dull moment, the story moved too quickly in several regards. I felt as if Calista was simply being tossed about without any will of her own. Yes, that is her character, but she is suppose to be my heroine. The only time she appears to develop a backbone is in her lucky escapes and miserable half-hearted attempt at revenge. It left me wanting more from Calista.

And speaking of rushed, I hate instalove. I really do. I can understand that attractions interpreted as love in historical fictions are usually more acceptable, but no. Not here. I did not appreciate how Calista and Claudius were in a happy bubble of hearts. I do, however, appreciate Calista's reaction and approach to their relationship. On the other hand, there was a slightly slower, only by a minute, romantic development between Calista and Hadrian. The love triangle isn't dominate the novel, but its undertones do influence Calista's decisions and the plot.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read February 17, 2012
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I found this to be a fast-moving, interesting novel. I liked the premise, set in Roman times about a young lady who ends up in Atlantis and the daughter of a nymph and god. The author's prose was good, though the typos and grammar issues were a bit distracted. I trust a correction will come out soon.

What I liked:
-The strong female characters are a definite plus. These weren't women waiting around for a man to rescue them; they rescued themselves. They fought with the men when needed, and weren't afraid to arm themselves and go after the bad guy.
-The male characters were good for the most part. The protagonist was not overdone and the other male characters worked well with the women.
-I found the pacing of this novel to be good.
-Given that this novel jumped between the Roman Empire, Atlantis, and Gaul, I thought the author gave us enough insight into the life in the three areas without becoming too burdensome.

What I didn't like:
-I honestly am not sure who the hero is in the story. Is it Claudius, Hadrian, or both? Or, perhaps it's Pyp?
-Despite the level of detail about the characters, I was actually quite neutral about them. I don't feel the great urge to get a second book, because now that the first one is over, I could care less about the characters.
-The ending did this book no favors. It just ended. Given the amount of story-telling, the ending should have had the reader wanting to get the next book. Instead, as I saw that I was in the 90% completion range and given all the action that was happening I was beginning to wonder if the book would just stop. It didn't, but the ending wasn't satisfying either.
-There wasn't enough development of the characters in Atlantis. They came off as shallow and petty.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Anti-Climatic February 22, 2012
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This book had a lot of potential. I love fantasy, mythology, history, and a little bit of romance. Unfortunately, I don't feel like it ever reached its potential. It's sad, because there are so many directions the story could have gone. . .

Also, the book didn't really have an ending; it just stopped. It almost felt like the author got tired of writing. It made me wonder if there's going to be a sequel, since none of the loose ends were tied up. I don't think I would read the sequel though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Abrupt Ending June 24, 2012
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I am huge fan of stories about Atlantis. This story started out very interesting, but once the character ended up in Atlantis it went downhill from there. I didn't feel there was enough detail about life in Atlantis or the characters there. I also felt the heroine was not really a strong character. She was very indecisive. Yes, she was in some dangerous situations which is the reason some things should have been carefully thought out. There was no ending. One minute the characters are escaping and then----it's over. I will remember this story more for the obvious untied strings (no ending!!!) then anything else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Promising, but needs a little work June 17, 2012
By mic2536
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This book did a fantastic job of pulling the reader along, but it needs work. The characters need further development- motive for their actions and feelings. The latter half of the book is almost solely based in action, with little effort to develop a clear plot line or sense of time, leaving the reader a definite sense that much is missing. I encourage the author to rewrite, edit, and publish again, as this has the makings of a brilliant tale - it just needs work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange novel
Not what I thought it would be. The book gets strange and it didn't end very clearly.
Published 6 days ago by Valleyten
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay free book
I guess I went into reading this expecting something else. I was just "Eh" to me. Not awful, but not great either. It's a read if you are bored. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Heather Valentine
3.0 out of 5 stars Bravo
I gave this novel 3 stars for the inventive story line and the strange twists of plot. Well done and not at all tiresome, I would like to see this made into a series.
Published 19 days ago by paranoxx
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Fun book to pass the time....
Published 26 days ago by Sarah Joiner
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great
Good, not great, free (!!!!!) ebook. Worth reading for sure, but it's not *excellent*. World building is decent, flow is good, characters are well developed, interesting plot with... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eris
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst books I have ever read
One of the worst books I have ever read. It reads as if the author has read a few National Geographic articles on archaeology of the Roman empire and wanted to wow us with her... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jerry H.
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse book ever
there were so many typos, and other issues with this book it made it feel like homework. all i can think about is that the author never proof read the book prior to publishing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cathy Wampler
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the grammar police
Maybe it was just me, but some of the wording confused me. I also have a bad habit of finding errors. Over all the book was a good 'mindless' read.
Published 2 months ago by NursingFTW
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the sequel
well done all I would like to do is read the next one. the mix of history and mythology along with the intrigue kept me wanting more, have to find out what happens with the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by FloridaDsgnr
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent read
Very detailed writing. Loved the mythology incorporated throughout the novel. Nothing extraordinarily astounding, but a good book for a boring day.
Published 2 months ago by Erin Sears
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