Worlds of Atlantis Book 1 by Ravek Hunter
Publication Date: June 22, 2018
Throughout most of the book you follow two main story lines and then late in the book you are introduced to a 3rd story line: Akakios, who is a priest in the service of the god Kronos (patron of blacksmiths, fire, etc.) begins to receive dreams or visions from Anesidora who tells him that she is in distress and needs his help. (Anesidora is a creation between Kronos and Metis, the goddess of wisdom) Akakios consults someone he trusts and together they determine that Akakios must go on a quest to find Anesidora and rescue her. Without giving too much away, his journey places him in unique situations that almost don’t feel real and definitely don’t feel ordinary.
The 2nd story line is probably where the majority of the book is spent. This story follows 2 newly graduated wizards on their Discovery journey: Qel, who specializes in fire and Havacian, who specializes in water. The Discovery is a 5 year trip that allows new graduates to go and explore and learn about the world before they are required to come back for further instruction. So, as Qel and Havacian start their journey and begin to explore the world for the first time, so do we. Before they left, Qel and Havacian had determined that their main goal was to reach the city of Avalon and then to go wherever life takes them. But to get to Avalon they must first travel in cities and lands they have never been to. One of the reoccurring themes we see in regards to these wizards is how much they still have to learn as well as what it takes to gain experience. Often times in high fantasy there is a role for the wise old wizard – a wizard who knows a great deal and has a lot of experience. However, we never see what it took to get to become that person. In Red Wizard of Atlantis, our two young wizards are often placed in situations – both social and dangerous(ish) situations – where we can clearly see why the Discovery is so important as they learn about the world, the people, what to expect and even how to defend themselves. They are imperfect and make mistakes; but they freely admit they have a lot to learn.
The 3rd story line revolves around a golden dragon named Senjit. At first, I was a little surprised there was a new story line to follow, but after he got going I understood why his part was so late within the story and found it very engaging.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and its quiet pace. I did think sometimes there was too much traveling and learning and not enough action, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying it.
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, and I gave an honest review.