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Atlantis Rising (Atlantis Saga #1)

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From T.A. Barron, the New York Times bestselling author of the Merlin Saga, comes a new fantasy world about the origins of Atlantis, perfect for fans of The Lord of the Rings, Eragon, The Beyonders and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Philomel Books
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Fantasy Literature
Dec 29, 2014 Fantasy Literature rated it did not like it
I gave Atlantis Rising by T.A. Barron a pretty fair shot I’d say—200 of its 370 pages, but eventually I just had to give it up. And I wasn’t alone in that, as my wife and 13-yr-old son gave up far, far quicker. As usual with books I didn’t care for, and especially for books I didn’t finish (a rarity for me), this will be a relatively short review, as I don’t like to belabor the point.

The problems began immediately, with the introduction of the main character (Promi), a sassy and spunky orphan st
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Pages Read: 16, two chapters

Too childish, basically. Also, those two chapters were Aladdin, only with a younger MC and a pantsing.

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Already seen the movie and just not really all that interested. Given the depth of my pile and the fact that this is unsolicited, I'm not bovvered.
Claire McNerney
Apr 23, 2016 Claire McNerney rated it it was amazing
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Sep 22, 2014 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recipe for Smackberry Pie from Atlantis Rising!

An immersive fantasy that takes place in a varied and magical land, three sides ocean and one side high, nearly impassable mountains bordered on the opposite side by Africa. It is unlike any place in the known world, or rather all parts somewhat similar to many places in the world, but jumbled up and dispersed like a handful of flower petals. The same goes for the inhabitants of the realm, human, plant, animal, and otherwise. The main protagonist of
Sep 21, 2014 Madeleine rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I've ever read, put simply. The characters were amazing, the plot enraptured me, and the setting was so richly and vividly described that I felt as if as could reach out and stroke little Kermi, or smell the lemon pie that Promi stole from the bakery. I thought Atlanta was sweet and wonderful, caring for absolutely every living thing, animal or plant, big or small. She was also fierce and extremely loyal to the Great Forest, the only home she's ever known. I also lo ...more
Jul 22, 2014 M. rated it it was ok
Interesting premise about the origins of the Atlantis story. Fantasy with a blurred distinction between the mortal world and the spirit world—according to the narrative, mortals should not be able to enter the spirit world but sometimes, in special cases, it happens. Some good messages about the importance of the nature (the forest) both for the forest itself and as it affects the (mortal) world of cities and commerce. Some comments about the importance of viewing all religions equally which may ...more
Shari Branning
Apr 03, 2016 Shari Branning rated it really liked it
This was a really charming accidental find, and I'll be looking out for other books by T.A. Barron. The style is simple and straightforward, and in that way reminded me a little of the Narnia series.
Things I loved were... His concept of Listener magic, with its sacrifice. His descriptions of the spirit realm of the immortals, with its whimsy and wonderment. And the amazing, bittersweet (but mostly sweet) ending that pulled everything together. There were several elements of the ending that I w
David Wiley
Jul 30, 2015 David Wiley rated it it was amazing
The main character, Promi, is memorable and is exactly the sort of person you can’t help but to cheer for. He finds himself wrapped up the web of an ominous prophecy that predicts the end of all magic which, in Atlantis, would mean a drastic change for everyone there. Why? Because magic is tailored in to many aspects of Ellegandia, including the boots that Promi wears (they magically adjust to the size of his feet). I love the imagined setting of Ellegandia – the diverse people and creatures tha ...more
Katherine Myong
Jan 22, 2015 Katherine Myong rated it it was amazing
We all know the story of Atlantis - the famous city that sank to the seafloor under mysterious circumstances. We have puzzled over the legendary island for generations. But what happened on those lost shores hundreds of years ago, before it fell to a watery grave? What lies lurking in the shadows of the city walls, waiting to be discovered?
T.A. Barron tells the long lost story through the eyes of a young boy named Promi, who steals and throws knives to survive in the city's streets. This time h
I usually try to give a book at least 50 pages before giving up on it, but I just can't even make it that far with this one. The first two chapters are enough to make me very much doubt this book will be enjoyable.

The writing is like something a high school or junior high student would write. There's a chase scene that's not interesting or suspenseful, just a series of events happening. Things don't really seem relevant, and I don't care at all. The prose is overly flowery, like the kind of way
Denice Garrou
Jan 17, 2014 Denice Garrou rated it it was amazing
I applaud T.A. Barron! He writes for the betterment of our young people planting a seed with every word in hopes that they awaken to how much we need to be responsible when living and sharing this planet.
He writes of the birth of a place that I believe once existed, along with Lemuria. For these places were not destroyed never to return, but only taken from us, set in a different dimension to protect and preserve until we are ready to be an equal part of and live according to the laws of nature
Jan 30, 2015 Cassandra rated it it was ok
I was pretty disappointed in this book. I loved T.A. Barron's Merlin series, but this seemed like a cheap ripoff of his own work. There are so many parallels between the two stories that they're almost identical, and this one isn't as well executed. My favorite thing about Barron, though, is how he takes familiar legends that have fascinated readers for decades and chooses to write about the part of the legend that isn't well known. For Merlin, that's his teenage years. For Atlantis, it's the fo ...more
Nov 26, 2015 Amari rated it it was amazing
Atlantis Rising was a very daring and exciting book. If you're looking for a book that has and adventure and some mysteries along the way you might want to consider this one. I liked how the story started with Promi and how he lives which gives the reader a good explanation. I can relate to this book because when Atlanta wanted Promi to help her take down Grukarr and Promi didn't want to but at the end he got something good out of it. This book teaches you that even though you might not want to ...more
Mar 28, 2016 Andrea rated it liked it
Ellegandia is a place where magic exists within all beings. Promi is an orphan that has taught himself how to survive by stealing food but one day he decides to challenge the Deputy High Priest and his life turns into a cat and mouse chase... Atlanta is a girl that loves nature and will do anything to defend the magic forest and all creatures living in it. Promi and Atlanta fight an evil force to keep peace and magic in this world but it all comes with a high price.
I enjoy reading fantasy books
Timothy McNeil
Feb 22, 2015 Timothy McNeil rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Barron is clearly experienced in writing for a young audience in a way that will make them feel advanced (and I mean that as a compliment). He knows when to keep the vocabulary simple, when to go high school, and when to throw in some (clean) grade school humor.

For some reason I could never get excited about reading it, but I liked it in a mild way.

I do want to note the following few things from the advanced readers copy:

Cinnamon comes from bark, not a root (p. 164).

It is mildly odd to (correct
Mar 09, 2014 Liam rated it did not like it
Purple prose, silly main character, and alternating between corny and gross. This guy doesn't understand a few fundamentals: kids are not stupid, just because you can use weird fantasy-sounding phrases to describe stuff doesn't mean you have a vivid or spectacular writing style, and please, please, please, don't end chapters with success. I'm not going to outline all the things wrong with this book-- it had potential, but it's too far gone to salvage. At least it's a standalone (or I certainly h ...more
Dawn Teresa
Feb 15, 2015 Dawn Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on my blog, ReadLove .

It would be an understatement to say that the opening two chapter’s of T. A. Barron’s Atlantis Rising captured my attention. Less than two pages into the first chapter, the narrative hook grabbed hold, as the protagonist, throwing-knife in hand, eyes set on his target, takes aim. The scene built into an action sequence from which it was impossible to look away.

Atlantis Rising begins a saga, a three part trilogy, that will recount the secret origins of the
Dena (Batch of Books)
Promi is a lowly thief who survives by stealing what he needs. But one day, he goes too far and steals something that gets him thrown into a dungeon where he learns of a prophecy and an ancient battle. Together with his new friend Atlanta, he must try to save the world he loves.

This book started out a lot like the Disney version of Aladdin, and I really liked it. It slowed down considerably in the middle of the book and it was hard to keep going in some spots, but it picked up again closer to th
Short & Sweet: I loved T.A. Barron's books growing up so I was excited when I picked up Atlantis Rising from the library. Promi is a thief, who loves to swipe sweets especially from the markets and has made it his goal to steal directly from the high priest himself. Atlanta is a girl who lives in the forest and takes care of the trees. They are thrown together when the hunt for Atlantis by a greedy evil villain has Promi working towards a goal of stopping inevitable evil. I'll be honest, th ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Angie rated it liked it
We all know the story of Atlantis and its destructive end. Many stories have told that tale; however, few have told the beginning of the story. How did Atlantis come to be and what made it so special? Barron takes on that story in Atlantis Rising. In this version of the Atlantis story there is a magical land called Ellegandia. It is a country on the tip of Africa, but separated from the rest of the world by impenetrable cliffs and oceans. It is a land connected to the spirit realm and protected ...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Atlantis Rising
By TA Barron
Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Level: 5 and up
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Philomel (September 26, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399257578
ISBN-13: 978-0399257575

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A copy of this book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for this review.

Atlantis Rising by T.A. Barron is the newest addition to the ever growing genre of Fantasy for children 10 and up. Barron's tale of Atlantis is a ne
Paul Lunger
Oct 28, 2013 Paul Lunger rated it really liked it
T.A. Barron takes a different route in telling the story of the creation of Atlantis in "Atlantis Rising" & not surprisingly succeeds very nicely. This is the story of Promi a boy who as a thief is mentioned in a prophecy that will change the future of his world of Ellegandia. When he meets Atlanta he wants no part of the prophecy but the 2 of them go on an adventure across the their land full of magic & mystery. Barron's story is actually very well done with plot twists galore along wit ...more
Jo Silver
Dec 18, 2014 Jo Silver rated it it was ok
While a fascinating idea, Barron's book simply lacked momentum. It was a struggle for me to finish the entire thing due to the vapid characters and plot, and the overall predictability of the plot line. There were many missed opportunities on character development that I would've liked to see. There were several fun scenes, such as when Promi stole pies from the High Priestess, but it was mostly dull, dreary, and vapid. Definitely not recommended.
Katy Wood
Oct 03, 2015 Katy Wood rated it did not like it
This one started out promising, but sadly it didn’t really stay that way. The story is about a young thief, Promi, who has to save his realm from destruction by stealing an all powerful stone that two evil men—a mortal and an immortal—are attempting to turn into a great weapon. The biggest problem I had with the whole thing is that it just seemed very generic. It was very heavily fantasy, but not in any way that felt intentional. There were things like magical creatures and immortal beings but t ...more
Oct 03, 2013 Xandria rated it it was amazing
Nothing less than a T.A. Barron novel. His world is fantastically real with it's own people, cultures, and everything that is in a world! The characters are believable (as always) and the romance never too overpowering.
I really enjoyed Promi. I wish we'd had more time with him just to see him grow up because there is so much left for him to learn. I also appreciate the lovely brown curly haired Atlanta. She was tough, while still feminine. A lovely girl who seemed to thrive in the world she live
Joshua Jones
Dec 23, 2015 Joshua Jones rated it it was amazing
This book is a well formulated story that keeps me interested in it every chapter. I like how starts out! It shows the Promi before all of the magic and all the overwhelming obstacles. The character gives a since of humor and humility as he goes through trials. This story gives mysteries that pop up all the sudden throughout the book. I love this book and recommend it to anyone!
Roz Lynne
Aug 27, 2014 Roz Lynne rated it it was ok
I didn't really like this book (but I can't actually say I hated it).

The story is... okay, but something about his style of writing just annoys me ( I couldn't really tell you why).

Mostly what bothered me about the book was that the words suddenly, all of a sudden, and out of nowhere were used FAR too often. (Sorry, things like that really get on my nerves.)
Sep 26, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
Fans of the Lost Years of Merlin series will be glad to pick up Atlantis Rising. This book is exactly what we would expect from author T.A. Barron, in that it is rich in detail and mythology, and is equal parts beautiful writing and exciting adventure.

Most exciting yet is that Barron is once again filling in the gaps of a legend we all have heard of before. Whereas before he told us how Merlin came to be the fabled wizard we all know of, now he is filling in the gaps about Atlantis and how it ca
Jan 23, 2016 Jen rated it it was amazing
I've been reading some other reviews and I noticed that a lot of people call this book childish and not worth it, but I disagree. This book keeps you hooked and I think that you should stick with it. Congratulations T.A. Barron, you've created a masterpiece book that will never be forgotten.
Sep 19, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Story Highlights:

Vivid Landscape & Prose- I love T.A. Barron's ability to vividly describe setting. His love of nature really shines through his writing. I also really enjoyed the descriptions of Ellegandia's culture, food, and society.

Humor- I thought the beginning was very entertaining, it kind of reminded me of Disney's Aladdin. I liked the humor peppered throughout the novel, especially from the main character, Promi, and his reluctant companion, Kermi.

I thought the beginning and end
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T.A. Barron grew up in Colorado ranch country and traveled widely as a Rhodes Scholar. Though he’d dreamed of becoming a writer, he couldn’t find anyone to publish his first novel. He joined a business, eventually became president, then decided to try again. So in 1990, he surprised his business partners by moving back to Colorado to become a writer and conservationist. Since then he has written o ...more
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Atlantis Saga (3 books)
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