Saturday, May 11, 2013

Review: Echinodea(The Atlantis Revolution #2) by Tom Tancin

Echinodea (The Atlantis Revolution #2)

Echinodea(The Atlantis Revolution #2) by Tom Tancin
E-book, 199 pages
Published April 2nd 2013
***Received this Book from the author for a fair and honest review.
(Thank you Tom Tancin for the Book.)

A Magical Lantern that Could Reveal Atlantis...
A Family He Didn't Know...
A Secret That Could Steal His Throne.

The Knights of the Abyss are still causing chaos in Atlantis. They threatened that if Trey Atlas doesn't relinquish his throne, they'll light the Echinodea--a magical lantern that could expose the island to the entire world. But if Trey steps down, the Knights would take over Atlantis and destroy everything it stands for; including erasing Trey's mysterious past. So there's only one option--get to the Echinodea before the Knights of the Abyss.

While on their search for the Echinodea, Trey and his Royal Court meet someone who claims to have the information Trey seeks about his biological family. But the key to the mystery isn't what he hoped it would be. It turns out that the secret in Trey's blood could steal the very throne he fights to protect.

All Will Be Revealed...

Copied from Tom Tancin's Blog:

"Why "Echinodea"?

I know Echinodea is a strange--let's go with unique--title for a book.  Here are some facts about Echinodea so you understand where the title comes from: 

1)  Pronounced  "Eh-Kine-Oh-Dee-Ah"

2)  Based on the word "Echinoidea"--which is the class under Phylum Echinodermata that contains sea urchins

3)  Class Echinoidea was chosen as the base because of Aristotle's Lantern (a sea urchin) fits into this category and the book's plot is centered around a starfish-shaped lantern that--if lit--would expose Atlantis to the world.

4)  Echinodea also refers to the starfish symbol that is tattooed on Atlantean elites."

My Thoughts/Review:

Another amazing and fantastic story from Tom Tancin. The Atlantis Revolution series gets better and better as the story goes along. I love how Tancin takes his story and characters and kicks them up a notch. You can really tell how much thought and work the author puts into the development of his series. (This review contains spoilers from the first book if you haven't read it yet) The story starts right off the bat with Trey and how he is trying to deal with everything from the first book. He went back to live with his parents and he is really struggling with all the stress in his life. He is the leader of Atlantis, he can't live a normal life and his "grandpa" is dying and no one understands him.

 I really loved how Tancin delved into Trey as a character and made him way more relatable in the beginning. Eventually, Trey has to rush back to Atlantis to deal with the Knights of the Abyss and their plans to reveal the island. The plot for this sequel was seamless, everything flowed very smoothly. There was just enough action mixed with all the character development. I really liked how Tancin dealt with Trey's growing adolescence and his figuring out about how his decisions and actions actually affect other people. This story had so many levels to it where it made it that more entertaining to read.

There was really nothing that I hated about this book. It had everything that I wanted in book 2. They returned to Atlantis to fight the Knights of the Abyss all over again. There was suspense, magic, fights, intrigue and mystery. I will say that I really can't wait till Trey becomes more skilled with magic and sword fighting, so he can become the leader that Atlantis really needs. The whole plotline was so interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Tancin hasn't disappointed me at all with this sequel. I loved it immensely.

 I really love where this story is headed. I can not wait to read Medousa, the third in the series. There was a humongous shocker at the end of this book and I can not wait to see what the repercussions of that secret will be for Trey. Atlantis is such an interesting concept for a book series and I am just loving every minute of reading about it. I am so excited at how awesome this series is becoming. Tancin's writing just gets better and better and I can't wait to see what else will come from his novels and career. If you haven't picked up this series yet, you really need to. The characters are amazing and the plot keeps getting better and better. This is such a fantastic young adult book series that everyone will just fall in love with. So go buy the first and second in the series now, plus they are very inexpensive, so there is no reason you don't already own a copy. =]

Overall, I give this book:
"Shocking, magical, and all around awesome. My new favorite series."
5 out of 5 Stars
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