Another entry into the series of Atlantean warriors and their predestined mates continues the “Warriors of Poseidon” saga, this time focusing on the emotionless warrior, Brennan, and his truth-teller aknasha — beloved — Tiernan Butler. Tiernan was introduced in an earlier novel as a scrappy journalist whose unique gift makes her perfect for ferreting out the truth in a breaking story; Brennan is cursed never to remember her after she leaves his sight, as she is his mate.
Avenging the death of a close friend, Tiernan is deep undercover, working on a story to blow the lid off of a vampire conspiracy to mentally “enthrall” shapeshifters. Even worse than taking away their freedoms, the process of enthralling the shifters destroys their minds, resulting in eventual death in one way or another.
Meanwhile, Tiernan has her own issues to sort through, most of which are in the form of hunky Atlantean warrior, Brennan. Brennan has his own world of problems, most of which are centered around a two-milennia-old curse laid down upon him by Poseidon for indiscretions in his youth. But now he has a chance to be with the perfect woman for him — if only he can keep from forgetting her, as per said curse’s terms.
A great supporting cast and a generally action-heavy plotline keep this novel moving where the romance fell a little bit short at times. Long-term readers should be deep enough into the series that the side characters are mostly just as meaningful as the hero and heroine, which is good, because this one felt very ensemble- heavy to me, for a reason I am not sure I can pinpoint. I liked Brennan and Tiernan, and I remember that their last appearance left me very excited for their own novel.
The problem for me with this book, I think, was the overall lack of conflict between the hero and heroine. They worked together really well, but they were definitely not set up to have that happen, so in the end it felt like a let-down that they had such a small amount of drama to work out between them. Yes, the world was going to hell around them, but they needed a little more chaos in their romance to really keep it moving. On the other hand, they are a sweet pair, and I still think there is no Alyssa Day couple that I have not liked.
Overall this is another satisfying “Atlantis” adventure. The vampire action keeps heating up, although this one seemed to step away from some of the über-evil vamps that readers saw before; the ending really did surprise me, and I think it will do the same for any other readers.
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (March 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425233030
- ISBN-13: 978-0425233030
Books in the Warriors of Poseidon series in the order they should be read:
Vampire in Atlantis
Heart of Atlantis