Three and half stars for “Atlantis Unmasked” by Alyssa Day. If every series has a ‘stumble’, then for me this book is it. I didn’t ‘feel’ the connection between the main characters and the writing felt choppy instead of the smooth flow I’m used to from this author. I didn’t hate it by any means, but I was expecting much more.
Grace is a leader of the human rebellion against the vampires and their allies and has been ever since her brother was killed by a pack of vamps celebrating their ‘coming out’. She uses the gift of perfect aim she received from the goddess Diana’s blood passed through her family. She’s closed herself off from everything but vengence and just wants to take out as many vamps as she can before she dies fighting. The warrior Alexios disturbs her. He’s the only man who shakes her composure and makes her ‘feel’. But he’s an Alpha male all the way and Grace won’t stand for anyone trying to protect her and her goddess may not either!
Alexios is scarred, physically and mentally. Tortured as a plaything by the goddess Anubis, her minions scarred his face with hellfire. He’s drawn so powerfully to Grace, but fears opening himself up to the pain of love and loss. Now the Fae have appeared on the scene and that’s never, ever, ever a good thing. Alexios has been tasked to work with Grace and steal the Vampire’s Bane from the possession of the most powerful vampire yet.
I can’t even write a smooth review for this one. It feels disjointed. I’ll just blame it on the appearance of the Fae. Will that work? I’m guessing Day is expanding the scope of the plotline as there seemed to be a bit of ’empire building’ present to include new characters, new allies, and possibly new enemies. I’m hoping that’s the case and in any event, every series has a ‘lag book’ and this one’s it for me so far.
Alexios is still yummy, but Grace never quite felt right to me. Toward the end, she changed quite a bit which made her better for Alexios but struck me as a kind of cheat. Ah well, maybe it’s just me. I still intend to keep reading this series and the next book is “Atlantis Redeemed” sked to release in Feb 2010.