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The Romance of Atlantis

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  395 ratings  ·  29 reviews
THE ROMANCE OF ATLANTIS brings to life all the dazzling splendor of that lost kingdom. However, Atlantis is threatened by powerful neighboring states. Tension increases when the ruler of an adjacent kingdom bids to marry the empress. If she marries him, Atlantis would be safe from invasion. Yet, such a marriage contradicts the deepest feelings of her heart, the secret wisd ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 12th 1975 by Fawcett (first published 1975)
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Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I was given a used copy of this book when I was in high school, and I was hooked from the first page. I have reread this book many times since. It defies description in so many ways - the setting is imaginative and incredibly detailed, the characters are richly drawn, the story is atmospheric and rich - moody, oppressive; you can feel the last days of Atlantis hanging in the air and the impending doom. And the ending is amazing - an intriguing combination of history and fiction, a historical "wh ...more
Amazing how the writer wrote this book when she as only 12 years old. Some juvenile aspects still remain in the narrative. But the author was sufficient aware of the progress of the science since she mentioned the nuclear energy among other scientific facts.
Kathy Hiester
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Romance of Atlantis is a work of Fantasy or Science Fiction and as the preface states, Ms. Caldwell wrote this novel when she was twelve years of age. Her family ran a publishing company but they wouldn’t publish this novel. Instead, they accused the twelve year old of plagiarism, unconvinced that a girl could write a complete book including realistic adult situations

After reading this story I was impressed that a twelve year old could have the knowledge in her time period to write so well.
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing story...did Taylor "see" Atlantis? Jess Stearn writes a foreword that will astound the reader about Taylor Caldwell at twelve years old.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I read this as a teenager and loved it. I'm partial to stories about Atlantis-- don't know why...
R.A. Danger
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dream-book
An amazing read. The characters have their own style of talking and speak it in a philosophy type of way, even though Salustra will probably tell you she doesn’t like philosophy.
The read is about the life of an Empress and the last days (actually it never really does mention how long before the end; it could have been months, I am pretty sure we skip some years after she become Empress before we got to the months part.) of Atlantis. What she does and how she does everything for the love of her
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this book when I read it as a teenager. When I read it again as an adult, it was still an intriguing story, but the writing style and especially the conversation were stilted. I'm giving it the average of the 5 stars I would have given it the first time I read it and the 3 stars I would give it now.
Gaby Farrera
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite books growing up!
Nov 21, 2014 marked it as to-read
Necesito mucho encontrar éste libro. Fue uno de los primeros que empecé a leer (sin dibujitos) cuando tenía unos 12 o 13 años y el caso es que desapareció antes de que llegara a la mitad. La historia es que no lo encuentro en librerías, al grado de que comienzo a pensar que imaginé todo el asunto. Ahok.

Rafael Sánchez
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sin duda, es mi libro favorito. Una historia que hace sentir. Se vive, se sufre, se motiva. Absolutamente recomendado.
Sep 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: atlantis
Super dry and hard to get through.
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buen desarrollo de los personajes!
Dante Loza
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente novela la he leído más de tres veces
Michelle Akers-dicken
I, once again, find myself in complete AWE of Taylor Caldwell! Thankful also to Jess Stern for introducing the idea of reincarnation to this world famous and very skeptical author of the twentieth century. It's hard to believe that a twelve year old, sheltered girl could have written anything so detailed as she did with "The Romance of Atlantis"! I was blown away by the first page and if I didn't believe in reincarnation when I started this book, I was very quickly convinced. Taylor Caldwell's o ...more
Ërika Yubi
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! so catchy, one cannot stop reading it. It really takes you to another world, makes you feel everything: you suffer, rejoice, worry and enjoy along with the characters. Besides that, it carries profound wisdom and philosophical matters (and how certain is about human nature) that leaves you awestruck. I highly recommend this book, an impressive work of a 12-year-old girl.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book because the author was under 18. I was doing a Young Authors Club at my library and wanted to have examples of books that were published by people under 20. This book is very relevant to our world today. It holds a lesson and although it was written in the early 1900's its as if she was writing about today.
Susan Mort
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found a used copy of this book and enjoyed it enormously just for the premise of Atlantis and for the romance. I read it several times over the last 30 years and was lucky enough to find it in e-book form earlier this year.
Alejandra Carazo-Suarez
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My raiting has sentimental value behind it.
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: female-writers
The details of the "regeneration chamber" by which certain residents of Atlantis in this story extend healthy lives go only a little further than "respect radiation," and the imaginary society helmed by a queen named Salustra blends atomic energy and Roman organization with decidedly mixed results, but the miracle of this novel is that Taylor Caldwell wrote it when she was only 12 years old.

Despite her inexperience in life (never mind writing) at the time, Caldwell still shows a preternatural g
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: meemaw-s
I think this must have been my grandmother's...I can't imagine what appeal it would have had for my father.

The storyline is predictable, the writing mediocre. What makes it intriguing are the preface and afterword. This book was written by a 12 year old girl. Although the style is immature, the content and insights into human nature are startling and strange for one so young. It seems she may imagine herself to be a reincarnation of the last Empress of Atlantis, and fancies that these are her me
Sep 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any of my "woe-is-me" overly-romantic friends like myself
Shelves: romance
Yes, I read romance novels. That might surprise some of my friends, but most of ya'll probably saw it coming. I know some of my friends are somehow "ultra-feminist" - and yes, you are - but this was a cool book. I love reading about fantasy, and trying to believe it. Taylor Caldwell is just a neat author. I have, like, 30 of her books, and the few I've read are pretty cool. Romance of Atlantis is about this arrogant queen/princess/empress of Atlantis who's going through an arranged marriage of s ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is really an amazing book only because it was written by a twelve year old and claims to be her memories of Atlantis.....As a novel, it is too slow with its pacing, too much philosophizing and not enough of a plot. It was nice to imagine the world of Atlantis and to feel how the characters may have experienced its demise. I would have rather she found a way to write the story differently--perhaps she could have rewritten it as an adult. A mature novelist could have told the story in a bette ...more
No es la primera vez que leo este libro y lo recordaba como muy interesante y ameno. Bueno, pues ahora solo lo encontré interesante, porque en vez de ameno, se me tornó denso y muy lento. Pero sigue siendo fascinante la manera en como la autora narra el porqué de la destrucción de una leyenda.

Recuerdo que a mis 18 años me llamó la atención todo ese rollo de la reencarnación y por eso compré el libro, hoy más madura, bueno lo tomo como lo que es: lectura de entretenimiento.
Feb 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
There are a lot of reasons why this is a trashy romance novel - however, it's still an intriguing read. Both the setting (think the court of Elizabeth the First set in biblical times with nuclear power plants) and the characters (a haughty empress, a dashing barbarian warrior, and some effed up priests and priestesses) suck you into this trippy, trashy, occasionally thoughtful, read.
Jun 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
trashy novel, but crappy even for the genre. the only reason it got 2 stars is because it gave me a crazy dream last night about being on Atlantis when it sank.
Virginia Ann
Feb 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Third of a group I am now reading.
Very romantic story of Atlantis.
Interesting that Caldwell seems to place herself in each of her writings in some way.
Good Read.
Apr 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Not best re imaging of Atlantis I've read, but, neither is it the worst.
Aug 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I read this a LOOOOONNNNNGGGG time ago, liked it fairly well then, but can't remember much about it. Need to find a copy and re-read.
Deborah f Tweten
rated it it was ok
Oct 01, 2017
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Also known by the pen names Marcus Holland and Max Reiner.

Taylor Caldwell was born in Manchester, England. In 1907 she emigrated to the United States with her parents and younger brother. Her father died shortly after the move, and the family struggled. At the age of eight she started to write stories, and in fact wrote her first novel, The Romance of Atlantis, at the age of twelve (although it