- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 0790 (What's this?)
- Series: Atlantis Saga (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Philomel Books (May 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399168044
- ISBN-13: 978-0399168048
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Atlantis in Peril (Atlantis Saga) Hardcover – May 5, 2015
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Gr 5 Up—At the conclusion of Atlantis Rising (Philomel, 2013), the evil spirit Narkazan was defeated, but in the opening pages of this sequel, Narkazan returns from the Maelstrom and vows to defeat his enemies and complete his evil schemes for world domination. Narkazan is focused on revenge against Promi, who is learning how to balance his newly found magical identity with his human upbringing and love for Atlanta. Promi and Atlanta fight as they try to understand their relationship now that they are part of two different worlds, especially since Promi's travel between the human and spirit world is endangering both realms. Narkazan's new human followers are industrializing and polluting Atlanta's forest, and the negative effects of their factories bring a strong environmentalist message to the story. Promi and Atlanta work to rescue Promi's kidnapped sister and defeat Narkazan's many schemes as the story rushes to a cliff-hanger ending that will leave readers anxious for the final volume in this trilogy. Barron's trademark fast-paced action with a twist of humor will pull readers along, though minor characters, particularly the villains, are often flat and stereotypical. VERDICT Fans of the first book in the series and Barron's other titles will find much to enjoy.—Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI
Praise for Atlantis in Peril:
"Barron’s trademark fast-paced action with a twist of humor will pull readers along."—School Library Journal
Praise for Atlantis Rising:
"An inventive and entertaining story."—Publishers Weekly
"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."—School Library Journal
"A fun, thrill ride of an adventure, this should be a big hit with fans of Barron, Paolini, and Riordan."—VOYA
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That being said, this was a good sequel to the first book. It certainly moved the plot forward in the trilogy and paved the way for the events of the upcoming third book. We get to spend some time with the two main characters from the first book, Promi and Atlanta, and gain access to two other important viewpoints in chapters throughout the book. There is still action and mystery and some excitement woven into the pages. It serves its purpose well for what it is: the second book in a trilogy. Yet that is also where its biggest stumbling block comes into play.
The action, excitement, and tension are all building throughout the book. And the ending does resolve one of the main problems that come up in the book. Yet there is a feeling of much to be desired with how quickly it ends, with so many things unresolved until the third book. This book is over a hundred pages shorter than the first one which is another reason to feel a little cheated by how many big things are waiting for the next installment. I completely understand the desire to have an impressive conclusion to the trilogy, and I don’t doubt that Barron will deliver, but I want that third book in my hands now so I can see how it all wraps up! Waiting is the worst part of a situation such as this – the first book delivered some closure in its final pages with hints of promise toward future adventures to come. This book hints at resolution but I could not see it standing on its own as a solo book should a reader just pick it up and begin with this one.
All things said, this is a good second book. If I had read it at a time when the third was also available perhaps the ending would have been a great thing because it would have sent me straight to the book store to pick it up and see how it all ends. This book is certainly worth reading, as is the series, and I would still give an honest, heartfelt recommendation to anyone to pick it up and read it because it was a good book in a good series, which is why there is any reason to be disappointed that there wasn’t more in the second book.
Final Verdict: Go read both of these books! These are excellent novels in the YA Fantasy genre and certainly worth reading through at least once!
Promi has been traveling to Atlantis by crossing the veil, but his actions have carelessly left holes making it vulnerable to attack, not only from the spirit realm, but also the human realm on the other side. Promi is stubborn regarding his visits to Atlantis because that is where Atlantia is. His parents caution him that the worn veil can be a great danger to everybody, but he does not want to believe them. His love for Atlantia is stronger than his faith in his parents (for reasons given in the story). When Promi’s sister is kidnapped and the news of Narkazan has returned, he is pulled in several directions and must save his sister.
The writing in this story is purely magical. The visuals that it offered really opened up my imagination to an exciting new world of ideas. As I was reading this story, inspiration took me over; the style was perfect and the descriptions even better. We get to follow the stories of different characters as the narrative takes us from the spirit realm to what is happening on Atlantis. Even though Promi is going through a bit of a stubborn period, the other characters are all very strong, mostly female and very good role models.
There are magical elements to the story, especially when we follow Atlantia who resides in the forest that protects her. She lives in an over-protecting acorn shell and the faeries help keep guard. When she needs help, she can always call upon the trees and animals to help protect her. There was very little about this story that I didn’t like and I highly recommend it to readers of all ages.