Genres: Paranormal Romance
Casee‘s review of Atlantis Betrayed (Warriors of Poseidon, Book 6) by Alyssa Day.
A warrior’s mission, a woman’s desire…
What could Christophe, powerful Warrior of Poseidon, have in common with Fiona Campbell, prim and proper Scottish illustrator of fairytales by day and notorious jewel thief known as the Scarlet Ninja by night? Answer: The Siren, a legendary Crown Jewel that Fiona has targeted for her next heist. It’s said to be worth millions, but to Christophe it’s invaluable. For the Siren also happens to be one of the missing jewels from Poseidon’s trident.
And the unnatural evil that could destroy them both.
But breaking into the Tower of London is a two-person job, so Christophe and Fiona team up to commit the crime of the century. As newfound passions fire their motives–and cloud their judgment–they realize they aren’t the only ones after the priceless gem. A dark force is shadowing their every move, and threatening to shatter their trust with revenge, betrayal, and a haunting revelation about the past.
I’ve read numerous blog posts, newsletters, etc. about how interesting Christophe’s character was to both Alyssa Day and the readers of this series. I was always surprised at this because Christophe interested me about as much as watching grass grow. He just never did it for me. I found his surliness to be childish. I didn’t find his lack of maturity endearing. The complete opposite in fact. I wanted Alaric to kick Christophe’s ass. Oh the arrogance. Please, for the love of Atlantis someone take him down a peg or ten. So no, I never understood the appeal.
I love this series so I didn’t expect to dislike the book. I didn’t exactly expect to like Christophe, but I didn’t expect to hate him either. I didn’t really hate him before, I just never especially cared for him. I actually ended up loving him, yo. Honest to Poisdeon he is now one of my favorite heroes of this series loving him. He actually had a reason for acting like a douchebag for all those years and it’s a pretty damn good one.
Fiona loves her job as the Scarlet Ninja. The public thinks of herself as a modern day Robin Hood and she likes to think that she is. So when the Scarlet Ninja—she—is framed for murder, Fiona is devastated and determined to clear her name. The last person she expects to help her is the person she tranqed in the very museum which the guards she is accused of killing were murdered.
From the first moment Christophe saw Fiona, he knew she was Fae. It immediately becomes apparent to him that she has no idea that she is Fae. Even if she doesn’t consciously know, Christophe takes one look at her children’s books and knows that some part of her does know. Now that the Siren—the jewel in the sword—has been stolen, both Fiona and Christophe need to get it back. When Christophe admits who he is, it takes no time at all for Fiona to admit that he needs it more than she does.
That really is the type of person Fiona is. She’s a caring heroine that will do anything for those around her. She will give anything up to save someone she loves, even herself. When Fiona and Christophe learn that the sword that held the Siren can enthrall shapeshifters, the need to retrieve it is even greater. With the sword, vampires or even the Unseelie Fae could take over the world and even destroy humankind.
There are several wonderful secondary characters. One is a butler/surrogate father. He reminded me very much of Summerset, though he wielded a gun when necessary. Thinking of Summerset with a gun is enough to make any reader of the In Death series shudder. I loved the banter between the Butler and Christophe. They both care deeply for Fiona and they are both determined to see her safe.
Each book in this series shows Alyssa Day’s growth as a writer. I am really looking forward to seeing where this series goes. What I do hope she does NOT do is drag it on forever and ever and have no the end.
4.25 out of 5.
This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here.