Title: Tales of Atlantis: The Dawning of a New Age
Author: D.M. White
Publisher: D White Publishing
Publication Date: March 20, 2022
Atlantis. Some think it is just an old story. Others believe the island is buried beneath the sea, its secrets lost for eternity. For millennia, countless have searched for it, but no one has come close to uncovering the truth. Until now.
When rowers Alfred and Shep become separated and wash up on a strange island following a deadly storm, little do they know what they have uncovered. As they learn about their new home and its inhabitants, they find themselves trapped amongst a civilisation lost in time. Unable to communicate, they have no idea where they are or the danger they are in. Yet, the island is enchanting and advanced beyond explanation, and as myth becomes reality thoughts of escaping soon disappear.
Meanwhile, the mysterious and manipulative Paymaster is using the high lord’s death, an old prophecy, and the arrival of the newcomers as pawns in his deadly game. A game that will leave Alfred and Shep fighting for survival, and the islanders on the brink of civil war. In his way stands Aliz, a skilful and determined warrior on the run, and Hestia, the high lord’s daughter who will stop at nothing to claim her title as the first high lady of Atlantis.
As events unfold, a further threat lurks Below. Only the man of no name and a young baker have encountered the unnatural creatures that live in the shadows. Only they know what is about to be unleashed.
Forget everything you think you know about Atlantis. It’s time to prepare for the wave.
Why This Book
Tales of Atlantis: The Dawning of a New Age introduces readers to an Atlantis that never sank. Instead, it was hidden by a dense, mysterious mist. While rowing across the ocean, Alfred and Shep end up washed up on the shores of Atalantea, but are quickly separated. But there’s a lot more going on on Atalantea than two outsiders suddenly arriving. There’s a throne being fought over by a brother and sister and other sinister plots that pop up now that Shep has been captured.
While most of this novel is quite adventurous and has a decent amount of action and plenty of characters trying to figure out what’s going on, Shep has quite the problem with alcohol, among other things. This book is an instance where drinking doesn’t end well, and, indeed, gets one of our characters into trouble both on Atalantea and in our own world.
My review: “Tales of Atlantis: The Dawning of a New Age offers a story that makes excellent use of Greek mythology. The story lines are relatively easy to follow and the characters are similarly easy to remember. But it often felt like there was too much going on in such a short span. There are a lot of good things happening in this story, but I longed for some tightening here and expansion there”
Bookish Beyond gave this a 4, saying “Overall, Tales of Atlantis proved to be a highly imaginative and thought-provoking read about a mythical society on the brink of a political war. I loved how the story was told and found its characters, for the most part, to be admirable and intriguing”
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