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Poseidon’s Children (The Legacy of the Gods #1)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  231 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Man no longer worships the old gods; forgotten and forsaken, they have become nothing more than myth and legend. But all that is about to change. After the ruins of a vast, ancient civilization are discovered on the ocean floor, Coast Guard officers find a series of derelict ships drifting in the current-high-priced yachts and leaking fishing boats, all ransacked, splatter ...more
311 pages
Published March 2012 by Seventh Star Press
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Bob Milne
Poseidon’s Children represents a bit of a change of pace for Michael, being the first volume of his urban fantasy series, The Legacy of the Gods. Lest you think he's moved entirely away from the realm of horror, however, just check out that cover with its homage to the likes of Evil Dead and Jaws. This is urban fantasy in terms of scope (it's bigger than anything he's done before, with a ton more characters) and plot (it's a lot more layered and intricate than his previous work), but individual ...more
Michael West
The first novel in my Legacy of the Gods series. This epic, four book saga has been a project that I have been toying with off and on since 1989, and I am so happy that Seventh Star Press is giving me the opportunity to be able to finally share it with all of you.
Poseidon's Children is the first book in the The Legacy of the Gods series by Michael West.

How would you classify the 1998 movie The Faculty? I would classify it as horror, yet I've seen it on urban fantasy lists. I find the same blurring of lines with Michael West's Poseidon's Children. It is classified as an urban fantasy novel, but it is very much a horror story.

Poseidon's Children starts out a lot like Jaws except the sharks in Poseidon's Children have hands. These sea monsters are descenden
I remember when I read my first Hemingway. Sitting in my grandfathers study snuggled under my great grandmother's knitted blanket with a small 60 watt bulb illuminating the treasured book from his shelves. His study smelled like leather and typewriter ribbon, I will never forget that. When I smell these things or snuggle under that blanket, which I still have, I go back to that time in that chair with that Old Man. Memories are heavily tied to scent, taste, feeling... and for me words. I was so ...more
Scimone Jackson
So i'll admit that i am an avid mythology buff so it's extremely hard to please me when it comes to mythology. I downloaded the sample just based off the title...and the amount of good reviews it recieved. I read about the first 4 pages and was hooked immediately. I bought it without even finishing the sample. Then as i got further i became increasingly annoyed because it seemed as soon as i got used to one character 6 more were introduced and they all had a voice. It drove me near insanity. I a ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Tina rated it 5 of 5 stars
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It's been a while since I have read this type of monster story, but I love the movies. This one played like a movie in my mind. I am giving Poseidon's Children 4 1/2 stars for the story and writing + 1/2 star for exceeding expectations. I look forward to the next book.

Michael West has done a great job of creating unique twists to well-worn myths, giving us bothbeautiful and terrifying new creatures in the process.There is a large cast of characters (human and monster), but with each having their
Shan Winslow
Great book! I really loved the Greek mythology aspects of the story, as well as the way Mr. West is able to turn things on its head and make it new again. The characters in this story were very vivid and I had no problem imagining they could be real.

This novel hit the ground running and did not relent until the very end. I definitely can't wait for more to come, to see where the story goes next and to continue the wonderful journey of these cast of characters.

Mr. West has really outdone himself
I don't usually read this genre but found this book very difficult to put down. The characters are what drives any story in my opinion, and I found myself completely invested in the characters from the beginning. I was so anxious to make sure my favorites survived that it was all I could do to refrain from peeking ahead. The author did a great job of painting a vivid picture with his descriptions. I highly recommend this book to anyone not faint of heart.
This was defiantly different, in one of the best ways possible, instead of the same old fish attack story, like jaws, this takes that in a totally new and amazing twist. The characters are rich and never bored you to death, they feel like actual people, and nothing really feels out of place or forced that would drag you out of the experience. You get sucked in so easily that this makes it an easy read. I can't wait to see what comes next in the series.
I love how Michael took history and myth that we are all familiar with and incorporated it in his story in a new way. There are many legends about Poseidon god of the sea and Michael has created one that is elaborate and entertaining.

It took me a little while to get into the story I can't say why this was as the story was good but guessing due to all the personal stuff I have going on but as I kept reading and the action started I realized one day that I had chewed half a nail off and that's whe
Apr 26, 2012 Meghann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: horror fans, fans of Lovecraft
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This is a really great horror novel, especially for fans of Lovecraft, as I couldn't help but think of stories like Shadow Over Innsmouth.

The book is well-paced, and is a great mix of horror, adventure, and near the climax, action. The story's varied characters (of which there are quite a few, as expanded upon below) all have their own goals, and it was great seeing how their individual plot threads interweave with all the others'.

The novel has a large cast, but each new person is intriguing and
R.J. Sullivan
It's always a delightful surprise to see an established writer stretch to try something new. I remember when I read Elizabeth Moon's The Speed of Dark. As a longtime fan of her military space opera series books, the standalone hard science fiction character study floored me because it came out of nowhere, and took me to so many different places than I expected based on the "brand name."

While this transition isn't quite as radical, similarly, I'd read most of Michael West's material, minus maybe
I want to see the movie—I certainly hope they’ll make one. Poseidon’s Children by Michael West reads with all the excitement and scares of a good Stephen King novel, filled with a fine mix of different characters, lots of interesting and believable viewpoints as events proceed, plenty of cliff-hangers, and an intriguing premise that goes from pleasantly disturbing to earth shatteringly dangerous. Plus, like the master, Michael West isn’t afraid to kill off a few characters, leaving readers wonde ...more
Michael West has done it again!
This is an intricate story, with lots of action; characters that become friends (even some of the bad guys!); and many surprises along the way. The story is told from several of the character's viewpoints, giving the reader a well-rounded view of the action, and creating empathy for all involved.

Set on a romantic New England island, there's no disappointment in the love story, either. There's plenty of horror, humor, mystery, fantasy, and camaraderie. Michael West
Book started out a bit slow but once the action started it just doesn't stop. If you like a bit of mythology, action and sex, this book is for you.
William Bentrim
Poseidon’s Children by Michael West

This book is a bit difficult to characterize. It is a thriller but it has science fiction overtones and perhaps urban fantasy with Children of the Corn and Al Capone. Archeologist trying to establish the whereabouts of Atlantis encounter a current situation that jeopardizes their lives and mental well being.

I’m not terrible thrilled with the first paragraph and its run on sentence but bear with me. Mr. West crafted both a thought provoking story and a tense, a
Cindy Meilink
Any time I receive a free book, I always begin reading with rather low expectations. I mean, if it's free, it can't be that good, right? In this case, I was more than pleasantly surprised.

I love good horror and fantasy titles, and this book certainly did not disappoint.

Set in Colonial Bay, a quaint town in New England, the townspeople there are quite different from those found in surrounding areas. These townspeople represent the descendants of Poseidon with the ability to alternate between hum
Maybe it's just me, but I don't read many books involving sea creatures, let alone mythical ones. One of those little oversights from my reading habits I suppose, so this novel was going to be a departure for me, at least in that regard. When I first read about this new urban fantasy from Seventh Star, I wondered if the "urban" actually meant Atlantis. I don't know if I could read an entire novel set underwater with mermen swimming about, so I was relieved that a lion's share of this book takes ...more
A Book Vacation
3.5 stars

Michael West delivers a compelling tale of sea monsters and horror as this tale of Poseidon’s Children unfolds. With its vast cast of characters and multiple viewpoints, West has created a story that flows nicely, splicing together horror, romance, intrigue, and betrayal. The story is easy to follow and keeps readers interest, especially as the pieces of the puzzle begin to fit together. Characters that previously did not seem to connect with others suddenly become key players and their
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It seems like lately I have had a lot of books to review that have fallen under the mythology themes. And this book proudly enters it into the list. I'm actually a little bit on the surprised side that I enjoyed the book as much as I did, and that's not because the book isn't good, it's because the book borders on that like between horror and urban fantasy. I love urban fantasy, but horror is just not my thing (I'm a big wi
Daniel Cann
This novel plays on our primal fear in true Michael West style. This time his attention is turned to the sea – something malevolent is lurking out there (or is it closer than we think?) and it wishes us harm.

This is another white knuckle ride with its mix of urban fantasy, science fiction and horror with the ancient mythological world colliding with the modern.

This is a mystery told from multiple points of view rather than from one particular person. In this way the reader is kept on their toes
Ali (Ali's Bookshelf )
I'm not really a lover of horror books and I know that Michael West's, Poseidon's Children is actually classified as an urban fantasy, but to me it was a great mixture of the two.

Once I started reading Poseidon's Children, I really ended up liking it which really surprised me, seeing my normal taste in books. I really enjoyed that even thought there are so many characters in this book, I mean a lot of characters, I didn't have a hard time keeping up at all. Even with the switch from last name to
It's not often I find myself short of words on a book I've recently read, but such is the case with Michael West's Poseidon's Children. An odd mish-mash of various genres - horror, thriller, sci-fi, and urban fantasy - West here crafts a tale of a group of disparate characters stumbling across the existence of shape-shifting creatures that tie into the newly discovered city of Atlantis.

West takes his time moving his characters into position, so some readers may find the first half of the novel s
A great story that held me, it is dark fantasy tipping close to the edge of pure horror. Michael West brought a tale worthy of Lovecraft to the 21st century, making it real and natural, bringing the unnatural brimming beneath the surface up from the depths.

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This is a hard book to describe. It has elements of horror, urban fantasy, action, romance, and one of the hottest love scenes I have ever read. The characters are amazing, and it is because you care so much about them and what happens to them and their relationships that you just can't stop reading. Would recommend to anyone who loves horror, urban fantasy, or supernatural romances with a lot of action, twists, and surprises!
If H.P. Lovecraft read X-Men and The Godfather, this is what he would right. Pure, thrilling awesomeness that grabs you from page one and will not let go. Horror, Fantasy, Sci-fi (Not SyFy!!!), Action, I don't care what you call it, man, this thing has it all! Made me want to read everything this guy has done. Can't wait for the next book in the series!
Christina Wilder
Aug 17, 2013 Christina Wilder marked it as not-sure-about-this-one
Um...that cover looked familiar to me, and sure enough:

I'm not saying it's plagiarized, but the Evil Dead poster is a very familiar image for us horror fans. Maybe it was an homage...?
Jun 24, 2012 Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults
what if Antlantis not only existed, but some of her people escaped. In this interesting and fast opaced thriller, two archaeologists stumble on some very weird happnings in a sleepy little New England waterside town. Some graphic violence.
Redheaded Bookworm
A refreshing read. A brand new breed of paranormal creatures. It gets a little confusing with all the new characters that are introduced, but they are an integral part of the ending. Great descriptions and imagery. A nice easy read!
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Michael West is the bestselling author of Cinema of Shadows, The Wide Game, Spook House, Skull Full of Kisses, and the critically-acclaimed Legacy of the Gods series. A graduate of Indiana University, with a degree in Telecommunications and Film Theory, West has written a multitude of short stories, articles, and reviews for various on-line and print publications. He lives and works in the Indiana ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Legacy of the Gods (4 books)
  • Hades' Disciples (The Legacy of the Gods, #2)
  • Zeus' Warriors (The Legacy of the Gods, #3)
  • Kronos' Return (The Legacy of the Gods, #4)
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“Well, at least we know they can be killed. It always pisses me off when the monster won't die.” 9 likes
“The flesh is the clay of the gods. Only the chosen can be sculptors.” 4 likes
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