Atlantis Unmasked is the sixth in Alyssa Day’s The Warriors of Poseidon series and, though there is some incredible world building and interesting characters, the momentum wasn’t consistent the entire book.
Grace Havilland is a descendent of the Goddess Diana, but it’s a fact she never would have known if vampires hadn’t murdered her brother. After that horrific event, Grace joined a group of rebels to fight the vampires and their shape-shifter allies that are gradually infiltrating governments and societies around the world. Armed with her magic bow and her unusual abilities, she eventually commands her own group of rebels housed within Fort Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine and works with other groups of mythical legend. When she is visited by a Fae prince who wants her to broker a deal with the Atlanteans, she knows that she’ll come into contact again with Alexios, the one Atlantean who causes her to feel too much.
When working with the humans, Alexios feels an extraordinary possessiveness toward Grace – a feeling that makes him want to break vows he made after his two year imprisonment and torture at the hands of an evil vampire goddess. However, when he’s with her, he can’t help but feel the pull, even though he feels his tortured face and soul aren’t anywhere near good enough for her.
Together, they fight shape-shifters enthralled by the vampires to do their dirty work for purposes unknown. The Atlanteans believe that the number one bad guy, Vonos is hiding the Vampire’s Bane, one of the gems needed to help Atlantis rise to the surface near St. Augustine and need the local rebels to help recover it. To make matters worse, they’re not sure if they can trust the Fae or not. Not only do they deal with external enemies, Alexios has to confront his own demons before he can know if anything is possible with Grace.
Day meshes the world of the humans, vampires, Atlanteans, shape-shifters, and Fae in a way that is seamless and intriguing. The characters of the hero and heroine are interesting with clear motivations, while many of her secondary characters, especially Michelle and the Fae prince, pull you in and make you want to know more. Alexios worries about how his imprisonment will affect his actions and Grace deals with his immortality and her humanity. Both are concerns that each of the characters needed to have, which made me sympathetic to them. Also, the action and momentum of chapter one sucked me right in and I was excited to continue reading.
However, as I continued to read and more characters were introduced and more time was spent with those from previous installments, reading began to drag. I wasn’t that interested in past characters and Alexios self-torture began to get a little old. Plus, old storylines and foreshadowing of future stories pulled the attention away from the primary couple to the detriment of the entire reading experience.
Ultimately, Atlantis Unmasked is tarnished slightly by an inconsistency in momentum – many parts held my interest, whereas I struggled to read others. However, Day’s characters are solid and her world-building is intriguing and, therefore, worth the time.