Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Susan Weakley - The Prophecy of Atlantis

The Prophecy of Atlantis

By Susan Weakley

Kindle Edition Currently Unavailable

Product Description (from Amazon)

She was supposed to be resting with the others in the castle, but one little ride down the beach wouldn't hurt. That's what the Princess of Atlantis thought as she rode across the wet sand on her horse. The salt water made her legs itch and her hair escaped the royal braids as she rode to the cove. Suddenly the witch appeared on her dragon, far above them. Lilliana would not be going home tonight.

Follow the Princess of Atlantis as she travels under the sea to escape the witch, meets new friends and discovers her destiny. Mermen, swordfish and a kingdom of magic make this adventure tale exciting and fresh.

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O.Scarlett! REVIEW by Kendra

I read this because it was on my Kindle and I was looking for a good mermaid tale and the mermaid book I had just tried was well … not what I enjoy reading. The book further piqued my interest when I found a Bible verse in the introductory pages.

I will admit that there were a few moments when I almost put the book away, but the fact that the book began with a Bible verse kept me reading. I’m pleased to say that, by the end of the book, I was glad that I had not put the book away.

This was not a mermaid tale inasmuch as it is an underwater story. You only saw mermaids a few times, and they were all bad guys. I was somewhat disappointed in that, but the fish that Lilliana interacts with completely made up for the mermaids. I was a bit surprised by the fact that Atlantis was on land, but it worked.

The story begins with Princess Lilliana’s twelfth birthday – and important birthday since she’s a princess. Today is the day that she is supposed to get a special birthday present that will help her out once she becomes queen – her Onsa – a present specially selected the Prophet.

Lilliana’s present is a beautiful white horse she names Spectrum. She’s quite pleased with him.

After that, she’s shipped off to her room where she’s supposed to take a nap. However, she wants to ride her horse, so she sneaks out to the stables instead. On the way, she overhears a conversation between her father and his advisers – a conversation about her and some sort of quest.

She soon brushes the conversation to the side and goes for a horse ride. She only intends to go for a short ride … but Spectrum has a mind of his own. They soon find themselves by the seashore – somewhere Lilliana was not allowed to go. Despite the fact that she hasn’t been seen in years, the Witch attacks them, and they are forced to take refuge underwater, where, much to her surprise, both Lilliana and Spectrum acquire gills.

After some mermen chase her away, she finds friends among the fish – who can talk. They try to get her back home, once they realize that she isn’t a threat, but she gets trapped by sharks and put in prison until she agrees to marry their leader. She finds herself in the middle of a war that will change the lives of everyone.

This was a lovely allegory. It’s not necessarily the best I’ve read, but by no means the worst either. If it weren’t for the verse at the beginning, I might not have recognized it, but since I knew to look for it, it was quite clear.

The characters in this book were, for the most part, rich and vibrant, and the plot twists were amazing. Don’t forget anything that is mentioned, for it just might end up being a saving factor!

I quite enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to the sequel, since there were quite a few loose ends that clearly need to be tied up. Lilliana’s ability to gain gills was never explained, and the war was declared to be “only beginning.”

However, this was a very good book, and I highly recommend it.

Note: Some of the torture methods of the sharks can be a bit scary, so I don’t recommend this for younger children.

Genre/Theme: Atlantis, fantasy, Christian, mermaids, fish.

Reading Level:  CHILD to TEEN
Profanity:  NONE - no offensive language 
Sexuality:  NONE – with the exception of the fact that a shark wants to marry Lilliana and, when she protests because of the fact that she’s not a shark, he tells her that it would work out. 
 Other: There was some name calling between the swordfish brothers. Injuries were fairly frequent, especially after they ran into the sharks.

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