Shadows of Atlantis Book 1
by Mara Powers
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Prepare to be seduced by the dark legacy of Atlantis.
Check out the runaway classic that’s taking the world by storm! A mystical masterpiece filled with romance, passion, darkness and deceit. If you are an acolyte of the magical teachings, this is a MUST READ.
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Brigitte is an emissary of nature chosen to renew the treaty between Atlantis and the ancient bloodline of Lemuria. Her sacred betrothal would renew the elemental function of the Crystal Grid that powers the ten kingdoms of Atlantis. But her people are attacked by a storm of shadows, and now she is running for her life.
Upon her arrival in the ruling city, she meets D’Vinid, a dejected musician who lives the quintessential Atlantean lifestyle of revelry, escapism and apathy. Under the eclipse of a holy festival, they are swept into an attraction they cannot resist. Their union may protect humanity from its worst enemy – the shadows of Atlantis. But there is one problem, this man is not her betrothed.
Brigitte discovers the Grid is corrupted by psychic parasites that feed off human suffering, an epidemic called “the madness”. The rituals required to charge the Grid with psychic emanations have been poorly attended, and this has caused the Grid to malfunction. But as nature always strives toward balance, the crystals have activated a genetic upgrade among the people. The youth have begun to express supernatural powers. Could it be that D’Vinid and Brigitte are meant to be leaders among the awakened? And if so, why is it impossible for them to be together?
A mysterious tale of romance, seduction and betrayal that reaches just enough into the modern mind to ask – will we learn the lessons of Atlantis?
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“Mara does a beautiful job of tying fact and fiction together in such a way as to convince the reader she has solved the mystery of Atlantis.” Amazon Review
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Leaving the Dreamvale would mean Brigitte would gradually forget growing up on the rocky shores of the mystical islands. She stood in her favorite place high above the dreamclan village watching the ocean dance with the cliffs. It would be her last chance to behold the glory of sunset before boarding the galleon bobbing in the cove below.
Evenings were always a masterpiece of color, the best time to behold the splendor of nature’s art. Clouds of rainbow prisms had the look of creatures billowing in the sky. But in the distance, a wall of storm opened like the jaws of a predator, drifting ever closer to the peaceful, green island.
“Brigitte.” A male voice echoed through her contemplation. She felt a pang of disappointment. Leaving would mean the beginning of a journey she had feared all her life. With one last lingering view of the panorama, she held her breath, reached out her arms and leapt from the cliff. As a mass of dancing particles, she bounced down the ragged rocks toward the village, one with the wind. Taking her time would be rude, so she kept moving until she filled the inside of her room.
Her brother Lukias was a dreamseer, finely tuned to the invisible. As usual, his hair was a shock of chaos that pointed in every direction. The amber of his eyes sparkled with gold flecks as he stood over her body with arms crossed. He looked right at her dream form. “The council has called us,” he said with a hint of impatience.
Brigitte sank back into her body and opened her eyes.
“I warned you not to dreamwalk too much.” He turned his back as she reached for her travel clothes. “You could separate from your body and forget how to return. Especially here in the Dreamvale.”
“It hardly matters anymore.” She watched the sun’s rays shoot dusty light through holes in the walls. She thought about the pattern it made every day at this time, the royal symbol of Atlantis. “In Atlantis we will be bound to our bodies.”
Lukias reached out a caring hand and patted her shoulder. “There will be ways to dreamwalk in the realms of matter. It will just be more… challenging.”
She smirked, knowing he always loved a challenge. He could always find humor even in the grimmest of circumstances. They exchanged a few moments of unfolding memories until, with the final boot in place, she stamped her feet and started for the door. “You coming?”
Together they walked to the center of the village where the council was gathered in a semi-circle facing a woman. She wore the leather of seafarers, her face shaded by a wide-brimmed hat. With one hip thrust to the side, her demeanor was unruffled with a twist of amusement.
Their father Denikon raised his booming voice for all to hear. “Captain Ofira Pazit of the Dreamship Vex Voyager, I give you my daughter Brigitte, emissary to Atlantis. She is the first true Moirae born into our dreamclan for seven generations.”
The captain wrinkled her chin. “Impressive. Embodied Watchers are rare, even among dreamclans.” Her chameleon eyes shifted in the fading light. “If you are ready, I think it wise that we set sail before that shadow storm arrives, don’t you?” Her eyes slid toward the horizon. “This storm has struck more than one dreamclan. All of them were to send emissaries for the renewal of the Telluric Treaty. None of them have been heard from.” She turned back to the council. “Are you certain you want to risk staying? It would be a tight fit, but we can evacuate the rest of you.”
Brigitte glanced at the grim face of her tutor Indrius. The mysterious Atlantean woman had always been a curiosity to the clan. Though she had spent many years among them, she was never one of them. She was riddled with tragedy from a past she never spoke of, a past born in Atlantis.
Denikon answered, “Those who remain have chosen to face the shadows.” His voice was steadfast though regret lingered in his eyes. He exchanged a nod with Indrius. “I am sending Lukias, my son and heir, to accompany his sister. If we fall, he will be the future of our clan. But trust me, we will not go down without a fight.”
The council had argued for many moon cycles, trying to decide the fate of their people. It was important for Brigitte to escape. Her path was evident. The first ships had already departed, taking women and children to places of refuge. The rest stayed, devising a strategy. Though they were hopeful, they worked with the solemnity of people who faced their demise.
She squinted at Lukias as he and Indrius said their goodbyes. Theirs was always a close relationship. But everyone liked Lukias. Her time spent with Indrius was always strained at best. She offered him a gift. The sun flashed off a crystal dangling from a silver chain. Brigitte could feel the telluric consciousness radiating from the multi-faceted quartz. It pulsed with a longing that made her fidget.
After a whispered message to Lukias, the white-haired woman turned to look at Brigitte. Her green eyes were gray with emotion. She brushed Brigitte’s cheek with her fingertips. “You know your task,” she began. “Remember your Watcher powers. It has become exceedingly difficult to travel between realms on this planet. I fear this shadow storm will make it even more difficult. Atlantis is suffering from a disease. It will try and take you, too. Do not be attached to your human wishes and emotions. For humans, attachment can turn to weakness and suffering. This only serves to feed the shadows. Your path will not be easy.”
“I will do what it takes to find a cause and a cure for Atlantis. I will be mindful of your warnings.”
“Therein lies the trick. As you descend deeper into the Meridian Realm, you will forget my warnings. Take steps to hold them in your heart.” She lingered in Brigitte’s eyes for a few awkward moments. “I have prepared you as best I could, my child. I regret how I’ve treated you.” She faced Brigitte and held her shoulders. “Know that I loved you like my own daughter. My treatment toward you was an attempt to prepare you for the task you face. Atlantis will not be kind to you.”
“I understand, Indrius. You had no choice.” Brigitte wanted to cry. But her tears had long since dried up.
Shadows of Atlantis Book 2
The spellbinding saga of Atlantis continues in Mara Powers’ 2nd book.
The memory of Brigitte’s upbringing in the Dreamclans slowly fades away as she succumbs to the lavish lifestyle of her new home. Caught in the grip of The Madness epidemic, she descends into an elixir-fueled haze. It’s the only way to silence the judgmental voices in her head. Outside the gilded walls, a looming storm encircles the city, trapping its inhabitants as they remain blind to the treachery within.
Meanwhile, D’Vinid is reluctantly caught up in the unstoppable currents of fate. A harrowing encounter with the murderous Shadowmancers launches him on a perilous journey, while Symbiosis with his new soul-crystal reveals clues to the corruption of the Crystal Grid. All paths lead back into the forbidden arms of Brigitte. Is their union a beacon of hope? Or will it unleash the Shadows of Atlantis?
In this eagerly anticipated sequel to Shadows of Atlantis: Awakening, Symbiosis follows the horrifying psychological descent of a falling civilization. Utopia is dying – but how can they stop what they can’t even see?
**Novellas are soon to be combined into one book!**
Shadows of Atlantis: Fulcrum
Shadows of Atlantis Prequel 1
The dark, seductive legacy of Atlantis is revealed in this exciting prequel to the Shadows of Atlantis saga…
In a previous age on Earth, the empire of Atlantis is a series of island kingdoms that span the Atlantic Ocean. It is a civilization powered by crystals that allow its citizens the basic comforts of technology. But the Crystal Grid is hardwired into the many subtle realms of the planet. Atlanteans are bound by an ancient treaty to appease the elementals, and if they separate from this treaty, they will spell the doom of all life on Earth.
D’Vinid has come to accept his place in the hierarchy of Atlantis. His fame is on the rise as Queen Dafni’s favorite musician. The two princes have been his lifelong friends. But everything changes when the younger prince accidentally activates the ancient Fulcrum of Atlantis, a relic of its golden age said to indicate the proper succession of Atlantean kings.
A chain of events is set in motion raising into question who will ascend the high throne of Atlantis… the older, wiser, more compassionate Prince Bavendrick? Or the emotional, irrational Prince Kyliron whose touch activated the Fulcrum? D’Vinid finds himself wrapped up in the decision, whether he knows it or not, his actions may give rise to the Shadows of Atlantis.
Enter the dark legacy of Atlantis where shadows dwell in the darkest corners of the soul. Prepare to be seduced by the romance, passion and mystery of this stunning prequel to the critically acclaimed Shadows of Atlantis series…
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Shadows of Atlantis: Enigma
Shadows of Atlantis Prequel 2
The dark legacy of Atlantis continues in part two of the Shadows of Atlantis prequel series…
If Fulcrum seduced you with the men of Atlantis, you will be utterly bewitched by the women in Enigma…
Tragedy has struck the royal family of Atlantis, leaving the citizens in mourning, and its governance in question. The king has sent his league of investigators to hunt down those he feels to be responsible. While the Children of One have gone into hiding, slipping into the cracks of the city they know best, they have begun their own investigations. They will not take the blame for the actions of those who are truly responsible… their own kindred who have learned to wield the Shadows of Atlantis.
Shadows of Atlantis: Twisted Serpents
Shadows of Atlantis Prequel 3
Dark days are on the horizon.
As the princes of Atlantis deal with their sudden change in precedence, D’Vinid is banished from the palace by the king. But he’s not entirely sure why. There are rumors, of course, and none of them are true. He has no choice but to assume the king is given to flights of fancy and that’s putting it mildly. There is no alternative but to stick to the streets, and the protective shelter of Pan Aello. But he still has that pesky fame to contend with, and Sulia Tierro is nowhere to be found.
Meanwhile, Vinesia adjusts to life as a commoner while Fa’nariel infiltrates the palace. The two women have more in common than they know. Both are on the trail of the Children of One, and both might have to accept that there is more going on here than they had even dared to imagine.
They are all being watched by a dangerous foe who seems to have fooled the world into thinking the Shadows of Atlantis are on their side.
More of the luscious scenery of Atlantis is revealed in this seductive third installment of the prequel saga; a psychological masterpiece by the critically acclaimed author and “Queen of Atlantis” Mara Powers.
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Mara Powers is what’s known as a wandering soul. The past few years she has launched into world travel to feed her quest for experiences, both inner and outer. She has elevated her travels from decades of living seasonally in different U.S. cities, among those being Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Austin and Denver. She has spent time in Paris, Venice, Madeira Island, Lisbon, Barcelona and Athens. Now she has been in Egypt for 2 months, going on three.
She is an expert on the myth of Atlantis, and has incorporated the works of Plato, Edgar Cayce and many others into the most comprehensive retelling of the Atlantis story to date. Her work is visionary fiction at its core, but it has also been called Fantasy Romance, cli-fi, and political allegory. She thinks of her work as Utopian Philosophy. Follow her at www.shadowsoatlantis.com
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