Review of Alessia in Atlantis: The Forbidden Vial
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Alessia in Atlantis: The Forbidden Vial
Written by Nathalie Laine
Ages 8-12 | 318 Pages
Publisher: Nathalie Laine | ISBN: 978-1-7361704-8-9
What to Expect: Fantasy, adventure, mythology.
Alessia has always known that she is different: from her pale skin and her weird ability to experience the feelings of others to her inability to fit in at any of the schools she has attended. But it isn’t until she explores the seaside town her mother once came from that she finds out just how different she really is. A strange siren call beckons her under the water and she discovers the long-lost city of Atlantis. She becomes its newest returning citizen, taking up the mantle left to her by her long-dead father and mother. All is not as it seems in Atlantis, however, and soon Alessia will find herself drawn into a dangerous rebellion against the tyrannical Atlantean Emperor.
Imaginative and colorful, Alessia in Atlantis: The Forbidden Vial is a page-turner from the very first moment. Building on the well-known legends of the lost city of Atlantis and global myths about underwater supernatural creatures, the novel spins a fast-paced adventure with whimsical details that bring to mind steam-punk and science fiction for older readers. The story is dark in some places, touching on issues of social discrimination, poverty, and ethnic cleansing, but there is also a great deal of humor and hope, making the novel fun and stimulating to read. Alessia herself is a believable and likable character, and readers are sure to sympathize with her fumbles and discoveries as she explores her new world. Alessia in Atlantis: The Forbidden Vial is an enjoyable read that is perfect for lovers of fantasy and science fiction.
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About the Author
Nathalie Laine is a children’s fantasy author. She lives a safe distance away from the ocean, in Paris, France, where she works in marketing.
She enjoys: poking her finger into the mini whirlpools that form above bath drains, randomly understanding words in a language she doesn’t know, wrongly guessing the double-agent in cold war spy stories, sharing a Turkish meal of “Lion’s milk”, fish, and turnip juice with her fiancé and friends, and getting spurned by grumpy cats.
She may have snuck some of the above into her novel, Alessia in Atlantis: The Forbidden Vial.
She is a graduate of the London School of Economics (BSc Management 2010).
For more information, visit https://nathalielaine.com/.
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