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Atlantis Rising (Atlantis Saga) Hardcover – September 26, 2013

4.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Atlantis Saga Series

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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.

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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 Welch
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Series: Atlantis Saga (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books (September 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399257578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399257575
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Capossere TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2015
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I gave Atlantis Rising by T.A. Barron a pretty fair shot I’d say—200 of its 370 pages, but eventually I just had to give it up. And I wasn’t alone in that, as my wife and 13-yr-old son gave up far, far quicker. As usual with books I didn’t care for, and especially for books I didn’t finish (a rarity for me), this will be a relatively short review, as I don’t like to belabor the point.

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).
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It would be an understatement to say that the opening two chapter’s of T. A. Barron’s Atlantis Rising captured my attention. Less than two pages into the first chapter, the narrative hook grabbed hold, as the protagonist, throwing-knife in hand, eyes set on his target, takes aim. The scene built into an action sequence from which it was impossible to look away.

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.
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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 powerful stone that two evil men—a mortal and an immortal—are attempting to turn into a great weapon. The biggest problem I had with the whole thing is that it just seemed very generic. It was very heavily fantasy, but not in any way that felt intentional. There were things like magical creatures and immortal beings but they felt less like they were integral parts of the story and more like they were just placed there because it was a fantasy and thus it had to have some sort of magical creatures and immortal beings. There were so many pieces of the story that could have easily been removed without changing anything that you had to wonder why they were there in the first place. In the end, this really isn’t a book I would recommend.
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Fantasy and science fiction are usually not included in my "to read" list. However, it is hard to resist reconnecting with a blog acquaintance who has recently been cited with another award-winning book. T.A Barron sent me a copy of Atlantis Rising in exchange for this book review.

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.
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