All Atlantis seeks the Jewel of Dunamis, which legend claims can overcome any enemy. Grayson James, human agent of the ultra-secret Otherworld Bureau of Investigation, has orders to keep it from the wrong hands -- or destroy it. What he doesn't know is that Jewel is a woman, not a stone! But once he meets this precious gem, destroying her is the last thing on his mind . . .My Thoughts: Dudes. So, Atlantis is like this crazy mish-mash of a Xena-verse with dragon shapeshifters, vampires, demons and any number of other bizarre mythological creatures. Throw in a human with noble intentions who happens to work for a group of people who might or might not use whatever they find in Atlantis for evil and you've got a pretty funky, fun time.
Jewel, part goddess, part prophet, is a pawn in Atlantis's constant power struggles. She needs Gray's help to win freedom and uncover the secrets of her mysterious origins. Gray needs her wisdom to navigate monster-ridden Atlantis. But need blossoms into passionate love as they fight demons, dragons, vampires-and a prophecy that says the bond between them could destroy them both.
I have to admit that this crazy underwater fantasy world works for me. It's so densely populated with critters who are just as likely to gut you as help you that I find myself a little in love with it.
Have I mentioned the Alpha males yet? Well, Atlantis is crawling with them. Some of them can fly, some of them drink blood and sometimes they're just a poor soldier who's never screwed up a job and doesn't plan on starting now. Any way you cut it, these boys are just yummy.
Gray and Jewel's connection is sweet and sometimes sad. I was a bit confused as to whether Jewel was immortal or just very long-lived. Not that it has much of a bearing on the story, just something I was wondering.
Anyway. I really liked this installment and I loved seeing Darius and his dragons from the first book. I like the continuity and the set up for book 3. I'll be all over the rest of this series.
Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: Heart of the Dragon
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