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Atlantis: The King's Return

(The Atlanteans #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Ambrose. The name is not only feared, but shunned and reviled. He’s a monster sentenced to a life of desolation and loneliness, and no one but his tormentor knows his whereabouts — at the bottom of the ocean. A creature of the sea cursed because of one simple mistake…
Mari. Her life was a small happy bubble until it’s popped by the finding out that her boyfriend has been ch
Kindle Edition, 372 pages
Published August 7th 2017
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Aisling Zena
4 stars

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I have always had a slight fascination with the myth of Atlantis. Watched a fair amount of documentaries that try to figure out if it truly existed and where. I also love reading how authors spin the myth and make it their own. So when I saw the title of this, I pounced.


The book starts rather ominously with a shipwreck. Mari has been forced by her boyfriend to go alone on the couple's cruise they were supposed to go together. Following a bout of
[Shai] Bibliophage
The Atlantis: The King's Return starts with a good beginning. Unfortunately there are several aspects that made the story dull in some parts. If others would like Mari and the whirlwind romance between her and Ambrose, then I'm not certainly not one of them. Another disappointment is the unexpected ending; it ended hastily that will confuse and make readers curious on what happened to some characters, and whether it will be answered on the second book. ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
O.M.G. I LOVE THIS BOOK! loved loved lovedddd this read. I've been a big fan of the little mermaid ever since I was a little girl and now reading this adult version makes me swoon big time! I love just about EVERYTHING I just read. The story-line is really interesting and thankfully this first book doesn't end on a huge cliffhanger but leaves you with a semi-finished feeling which I'm very thankful for because I hate cliffhangers haha. Especially if the book has just been released and you have t ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it did not like it

Publisher: DK Combs

Publishing Date: August 2017

ISBN: 9781522056379

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 1.0/5

Publishers Description: Ambrose. The name is not only feared, but shunned and reviled. He’s a monster sentenced to a life of desolation and loneliness, and no one but his tormentor knows his whereabouts — at the bottom of the ocean. A creature of the sea cursed because of one simple mistake…

Review: Ah where to start. The opening to this novel was dam good. Mari has
Megan (BookWifeReviews)
So I did really enjoy this story.. but there were quite a few things that bothered me about it. Not huge things that took away from the book but enough where it drove me crazy.

The story itself was fantastic. I loved it. I love books about Atlantis. I Loved Ambrose. He was super sweet and kind.. especially for a man that was tortured for 2000 years. I think that Mari was good for him because she was so bubbly and I just think that helped him.

So I liked the idea behind this story. I love that a m
Elizabeth McLennan
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed this book. I intially picked it because I am obsessed with all things mythical and Atlantis is at the top of the list (with dragons). As soon as I started it I felt for Mari who is alone on a couples cruise because her boyfriend had to “work”. She is alone and sad and her boat starts to sink the mintue she finds out that he has been cheating on her – how can you not feel for her and what she is going through.

Mari and Ambrose fit together and work really well, yes you can see the
Nikita Gordyn
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ambrose Katariglos was forced into the role of king of Atlantis when he was basically a teenager due to the deaths of his parents. For over 500 years he ruled fairly and well until someone framed him for the sinking of the island and the resulting deaths of many Atlanteans. Ambrose was dragged before the gods and exiled from the only home he'd ever known. As he was leaving his beloved Atlantis, a petty, cruel lesser god kidnapped him, trapping him in a cave that even the other gods could not fin ...more
Candyce Kirk
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a book!! I need more. Hopefully we will get more information about the second one soon.

Full review to come on
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Perfect ship - ancient stern sexy alpha and bubbly airhead heroine who asks him whether fish fart
Mrs. Jennifer Fearn
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Worth the read

I think this book changed my mind on mermen. The humour and storytelling had me believing that I could see the story in my head.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I picked up this book because I wanted to read a fantasy with mermaids and I love the tale of Altantis. This ended up being more Romance than Fantasy genre, but I was ready to roll with it.

Straight-up: This book is confusing.
Things just don't entirely make sense. Mari's reactions to things can get to the point of childish or ridiculous. How long is she going to think she is dead?! Then why didn't she even ask Ambrose why
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, series, fantasy
I am so confused on how I ultimately feel about Atlantis: The King's Return. The story is great. The characters teeter-totter between good and incredibly annoying.

The story itself was interesting, and enough to hook a reader. The main character, Mari, started so strong and great. A woman to get behind. But then she goes completely out of her mind. Completely irrational. Her mood swings and the way she would blow up about things she's never heard of to know anything about were crazy. It's later e
Ana López
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full review also on my blog: https://nextbookaroundthecorner.wordp...

Ever since I got hooked on the Argenaus series from Lynsay Sands, I have a weak spot for stories from Atlantis. But where the Atlanteans in Lynsay's books turn into immortals living among us, with D.K. Combs they turn into mermaids and merman. The only comparison is that they both are able to turn 'normal' humans into their form.

And this is exactly what happens to Mari, after she ends up in an underwater cave with Ambrose. He i
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. There are like a handful of mermaid based novels that are actually good and not banal. Literally...a handful. That Little Mermaid/Disney Princess/Damsel in Distress culture is so central to pop culture it's hard to alter mermaid theme novels into the same fan base as other mystical creatures. But it's worth it. Everybody loves a comeback story and a revival of a much loved pastime is always a good idea. I mean look how vampires were once just scary one dimensional characters b ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved it!!

If you love the idea that there are mermaids/men beneath the sea and a good romance then this is the perfect story for you. There are well rounded villains and a good man with a need for compassion, love and acceptance. Mari suffers a heart break and then meets someone being tormented and looking hope. Ambrose was once the king of Atlantis and was blamed for its call beneath the sea, but with Mari's help escapes his tormented a minor goddesses Ceto. By showing caring and compassion Mar
Sarai Henderson
I'm a huge fan of anything Atlantis, but unfortunately, this book fell short for me. It had great writing and a unique story that I was interested in, but the world building was lacking. Everything moved way to fast. There wasn't enough time to fall in love with the characters and get to know who they were. Plus, the main Character Mari was an airhead. Not the story for me.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
An Easy Read

While this book was a quick and easy enjoyable read, I couldn't give it five stars due to the immaturity of Mari. At times she was downright Annoying. And when she wasn't acting like a child, Poor Ambrose was suffering in self loathing and pity. I mean I honestly couldn't remember what Mark's age was nor how it was possible for Ambrose not to know how at least Mari felt about him. Whether he deserved it or not.

But, yet and still, an okay book.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not your mom's little mermaid.

This is a fun read. While Mari can be a bit grating at times probably due to her newly found tail and power, she is a good counterbalance to Ambrose afters years of imprisonment and torture.

She is able to set him free but will their love be able to overcome angry gods, and save the kingdom while they are at it?

And yes their is some under the Sea steamy fun.
Julie Trinh
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked it but it was lacking... I mean the first half was so awesome but then it went sideways so fast!
I love the cheesy wordplays, the universe the author created! But the end was so rushed, i understand that it’ll be a series but still...
Anyway I’ll definitely read the second book! Want to know how all of this will unravel.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so freaking in love with this book and DK Combs' writing. I loved the story and the overall feel of it. The characters, the story, everything. I am gonna bug Daqri until the next one in this series is out. ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ugggggggggggggggghhhhh...... I wanted to like this book so much! But I just found myself cringing at so much of the dialogue and character 'development'. Sorry to say but this was just bad fantasy romance.

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
It wasn't a bad book (the half I read at least) plot wise, not at all. But certain characters and circumstances just pissed me off too much. So it's a me problem why my rating is low, not the writing or the story per say. ...more
Jean  Allen
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for the sequel

This book had a slightly different take on merman meets human & turns her. There is much more to her. The story does she in a HEA, and there is no cliffhanger, there is still questions that need answers
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Actual rating: 2.5 stars
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very well written!

Loved all the attention to detail and character development. Deimos was definitely my favorite. Lookinh forward to reading more books this author has to offer!
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I loved it! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance and fantasy. I enjoyed all the twist and turns that were in the plot.
Sarah Follie
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book sooo much. I loved every single thing in this book. It was loving, funny, all consuming and one of the best books I've ever read. ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wattpad
loved so much
Bria Banks
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
19/10 recommend

Loved it can’t wait to read the next one!!!! Super excited and I’m in love with Ambrose and Mari but, I hate Ray.
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