Seventeen year old Alison McKye is not what she appears to be. She is a “Dewing”, that is, a descendant of Atlantis who has no idea of what she is until a fellow Dewing tells her she must hide and protect the family that has adopted her. Now three years later, Alison has perfected the art of flying under the radar. She’s cultivated her loner status by eschewing friendships, and dressing to blend in. She even carries enough personal items on her so if she has to flee, she can. Then Ian and Brandy Palmer arrive at her school and turn her life upside down. The bubbly Brandy is determined to socialize Alison, and Ian is not only interested in Alison but pushes her to develop her abilities. You see, every Dewing has a different ability and Allison’s is “transference”which has actually helped keep her hidden from her enemies the last three years. With Brandy and Ian’s help and encouragement Alison begins to realize exactly how powerful she is. Now she’ll need to fully embrace her abilities if she’s to prevent the war that’s brewing between Atlantian factions.
I have to admit, when I saw this being offered on NetGalley it was the cover that first drew me in. I mean a gorgeous cover featuring a girl underwater, yet not a mermaid. Hmm. Plus, since I’ve always loved following theories regarding the legend of Atlantis, the title also peaked my interest. I am happy to say that the story definitely lived up to the packaging. Gloria Craw does quite a bit of world building in Atlantis Rising, yet she manages to keep the plot moving forward at a fast pace. Alison is an extremely empathetic teen who discovers she has been given up for adoption by parents who she’ll never meet in order to protect her. Despite being introverted, she has an inner strength which is much to be admired. Ian is a wonderful match for her as a love interest and protector. And while Alison has always had a close relationship with her adoptive family, Brandy brings some much needed normalcy to her life. The only thing I had a bit of a hard time with were some of the explanations of each Dewing’ s powers. I felt they were a little rushed and left me confused in some instances. Overall though I truly was enchanted by this novel and while it could stand alone, the ending left some room for the possibility of a trilogy or series.