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- Print Length: 260 pages
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- Publisher: Kate Avery Ellison; 1 edition (February 2, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 2, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I7LZV12
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,724 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am a sucker for anything having to do with the idea of Atlantis, the mythilogical and very controversial lost city that legend says was lost forever to the sea, so when I stumbled across a book that dealt with ships coming out of the sea it was a guarantee that I was going to read this story. I did not realize that this was the first in a five book series, but on the plus side, all five books are already out so you can binge-read the series (which is just about the best way to read a series!) Oh and ps, all the books in the series have as gorgeous covers as this first book does, which is always a bonus when discovering a new series to get lost in!
I will admit that I kept waiting for the moment that romance became the focus of the story but I was actually pleasantly surprised to be wrong. I feel like recently ever YA story has a romance thrown into it, regardless of it helping move the plot forward, just because romance appeals (don't get me wrong, I am always a sucker for romance in my stories, but an awkward forced romance is something nobody needs!). This story dealt more on politics and intrigue, the dynamics of the world and the potential for war taking center stage for the plot. Relationships do exist in this story, but they are friendship and loyalty based, where people fight for someone because it is the right thing, and not because a romance caused their action. It was refreshing. And that is not to say that I would not enjoy a potential love in the next book... Just saying.
This was a very short fast read, at only about 170ish pages, so it is a great book to pick up when you are looking for a fast escapism read. Yet in those short amount of pages, Kate was able to create a whole underwater world full of unique devices that were so detailed and interesting that they came alive before my eyes- textured maps, gardens with different climates, oh and yeah an entire underwater society and ships that dive down to it. I have read multiple books by Kate now, all so different from each other, but I think that so far this one was my favorite. I look forward to what comes next for Aemi (oh by the way, huge twisty bombshell dropped right at the end of the book!) and from Kate.
Ellison refrains from offering any simple answers, but also writes characters who are decent people and try to make choices that serve the common good. That's rather unusual in fantasy these days as a lot of people are writing anti-heroes, or ethically and morally damaged main characters instead. Ellison's leads are much closer to Marion Zimmer Bradley's or Mercedes Lackey's than they are to Joe Abercrombie's, which makes for a clean straightforward read (which is sometimes what you want as a reader).
Another thing Ellison does really well is the description of the underwater cities with their architecture, art and gardens. I wanted to be there.
On the con side, the book is not complete. The plot doesn't wrap by the end and there's no resolution for either main character or any of the plot strands. There's a second volume already out that continues the story.
I find this trend of not finishing stories especially annoying. Writers seem to have forgotten how to write completed stories and maybe they think they can sell more if the reader has to buy multiple books to find out how the story ends. It's obnoxious and a failure of the writer's craft. The difference between books and series is that books are meant to be whole and complete in themselves. Yes, there may be multiple books about the same characters in one particular universe, but the reader ought to be able to close a book's covers with a sense of satisfaction because the story has ended in a way that feels right and true (and if the writer's really good, the reader is left in hope that there will be more stories to come, and quickly). This particular book deserves better.
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