Monday, October 6, 2014

Atlantis Rising by T.A. Barron


First, I have a winner to announce in the ACTUAL & TRUTHFUL ADVENTURES OF BECKY THATCHER hardcover copy giveaway. According to randomizer, the winner is:


ROSI


Congratulations! And expect an email from me asking for your address. And thanks again to author Jessica Lawson for generously offering the giveaway copy.

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Now on to day's MMGM:









Atlantis Rising by T. A. Barron (Puffin paperback, Sept 25, 2014, for ages 10 and up)

Source: review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


Synopsis (from the publisher): In a magical land called Ellegandia, a young boy named Promi scrapes by, stealing pies, cakes and sweets to survive. But little does he know that his country is a pawn in an ages-old war between good and evil, battled both in the spirit realm and in the human world. Harboring secrets of his own, Promi teams up with a courageous girl named Atlanta and the two vow to save their land—and each other—no matter the cost. But their vow has greater repercussions than they ever could imagine—in fact, it may just bring about the creation of Atlantis, an island cut off from the rest of the world, where magic reigns supreme.


Why I recommend it: I love T.A. Barron's The Lost Years of Merlin and I've had the privilege of meeting Tom Barron (twice!), so I may be a wee bit prejudiced here, but I'm awestruck by the sheer scope of his imagination. Plenty of authors have written about the destruction of Atlantis, but only a storyteller like T.A. Barron would think of writing about its origins.

Not only is Barron a magician with words but he also shows a deep respect for our planet. His love for nature shines through in his descriptions of the forest, the flowers, and the animals. His characterization is also noteworthy. Promi's a thief who steals food, including, one day, a lemon pie. But then he sees a girl in the city who's weak from hunger and he gives her the entire pie. That girl turns out to be Atlanta, who wants to save the forest from an unknown blight, and Promi has to change his ways to help her. Writers, study this one to learn how to make characters likable.

I did find the first half of the book a little slower than the second half, but if you like your fantasy long and colorful and with plenty of both action and description, this book's for you. Fans of The False Prince will enjoy this.

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25 comments:

  1. Congratulations to Rosi! Thanks for the review of this book, I'd never heard of this one yet. Love the title and cover.

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    1. I agree; it's a truly stunning cover, Janet. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Very intriguing story line. I also read to learn from other writers, and it appears that T.A. Barron has a few lessons to offer. Thanks for sharing. I'm adding this to my TBR list.

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    1. In his keynote address at the very first SCBWI conference I ever attended, Tom Barron wished for us all to find "just the right word." As a writer, I know how hard that is. You could study this one for his word choices alone, Greg.

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  3. Good review! I'm a T. A. Barron fan and loved his Merlin series. Like you, I appreciate his imagination and his love and respect for nature and the planet, and without ever being preachy, he manages to share important messages for young people. This book is definitely on my TBR list.

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    1. Elizabeth, I'm thrilled to hear you're also a T.A. Barron fan.

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  4. This sounds like an awesome new series. Hadn't heard of it before. I'll have to check it out. And awesome you met T.A. Barron.

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  5. I'm so excited about winning the Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher! Thank so much. Barron's series sounds like something my grandson would like. He's a much bigger fantasy fan than I am. I will tell him about this one. Thanks for the review and for PICKING ME!!!!

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  6. This sounds like one to sink into the sofa with. I'm going to look for it!

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    1. Good idea, Andrea. Curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea and this book and you won't want to move for hours.

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  7. Congrats to Rosi!

    This book sounds right up my alley. I have always been fascinated with Atlantis and I love a good fantasy. What a great cover. Added to my list!
    ~Jess

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    1. Atlantis is a fascinating topic, for sure, Jess.

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  8. I confess to being another closet Atlantis groupie, so it's wonderful to hear there's been a book written with a new twist to it! I've also just got to read about that pie...or maybe make me one! lol Thanks for the recommend, and happy MMGM!

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  9. Sounds like a fun read! Thanks for telling us about it!

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  10. This sounds like an interesting read, very magical! I was drawn in by what you said about his attention to nature. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. If you haven't read any T.A. Barron, Jenni, just pick one and read it. His respect for nature permeates everything he writes.

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