Return to Atlantis

Atlantis Series (Book 2)

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
240 Pages
Reviewed on 03/13/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Return To Atlantis: Atlantis Series (Book 2) is a work of fantasy fiction penned for young adults by author J. M. Dover. Continuing the series from the opening novel, Finding Atlantis, we’re back with protagonist Adam Danburg, now aged fourteen. After his last adventure, the pathway back to the magical kingdom of Atlantis seemed to be closed off forever, and two long years of waiting have left Adam bitterly disappointed. So when ancient forces call him back, Adam is reluctant at first. But when he sees the danger that Atlantis now faces, Adam must team up with allies old and new to save the city from the void that awaits it.

Author J. M. Dover has created a highly engaging YA read that will also suit more mature middle-grade readers, bringing them into an exciting adventure world where friendship and solidarity really count. Adam has grown – both literally and literature-wise – since his last outing in fiction, and there’s some great development as he weighs up the pressures more like a young man now than a boy would. Complexities have developed in his reunited friendships and the stakes are more frightening than before. All of this combines with Dover’s superbly imaginative descriptions and cinematic imagery of the fabled lost city, creating a truly magical fantasy world that any youngsters would love to step into, even if it means they have to save it from total destruction! Overall, Return To Atlantis brings the Atlantis Series back stronger than ever with this developed and accomplished novel.

Edith Wairimu

In the second book of the Atlantis Series, Return to Atlantis by J M Dover, Adam Danburg finally goes back to Atlantis after multiple frustrating attempts. When he gets to Atlantis, dark energy wreaks havoc on the residents of the dimension. Pulling everything in its wake, the energy has destroyed buildings and taken the lives of many inhabitants. Adam and his friends have to find a solution and find it fast. But in a world facing a powerful, determined foe and at a time when many doubt both the prophecies that have offered guidance for years and the leader of the council whose wisdom the council has depended upon, Adam and his friends have to navigate the challenges facing Atlantis and its people to save it from complete destruction.

The story begins with the emergence of dark energy as Adam witnesses its devastating effect. Adam also has to deal with the contention from and among his friends as they try to save Atlantis. From the beginning, the tension between the characters can be felt and the rush to save Atlantis is apparent. The antagonists in the novel are also powerful, which heightens the conflict in the story. In some places, the protagonists face daunting obstacles, such as when a key character dies, but they continue with their goal. The story maintains its suspense as discoveries are made along the way. Return to Atlantis by J M Dover is a captivating young adult fantasy novel with a creative storyline and fascinating turns woven within the plot.

Liz Konkel

Return to Atlantis by JM Dover is the second book in the Atlantis series. Adam is about to step into the Egyptian exhibit at the museum when suddenly he finds himself back in Atlantis, which can only mean one thing: Atlantis needs him to save it again. Atlantis is experiencing tremors, causing black holes which coincide with conflicting prophecies that foretell different outcomes. Adam doesn’t know what to believe or who to turn to. After two years away, Adam reunites with his old friends Orri, Tya, and Caileen who have changed since he last saw them. As Adam searches for answers in Atlantis, he works with his friends to retrieve the thirteenth skull before the man that has it can find the artifact needed to harness the skull’s power.

This is a delightful follow-up to JM Dover’s first installment and brings Adam back to Atlantis after spending two years away. He’s not the same kid he was when he first saved Atlantis and has since spent the last couple of years settling into normalcy back home until he’s once again swept back into the world of Atlantis. He immediately discovers several changes have taken place since his time away, specifically the black holes causing destruction. His relationship with Orri has changed since they last saw each other, which has evolved out of conflict and into a more grounded friendship. At the center of the plot is the need to find the thirteenth skull before Atlantis is destroyed, which draws Adam and his friends together for a plan that includes some time-bending.

JM Dover delivers a unique twist on the mythology of Atlantis, blending elements of science fiction and fantasy with time travel, dimension-hopping, and powerful abilities. The unique world is fascinating to explore. This second adventure feels like another milestone in Adam’s coming of age journey as he builds friendships, learns more about his destiny, his purpose, and gains various new insights about Atlantis. Return to Atlantis is an exciting story with a grand second adventure, themes of friendship and destiny, and plenty of danger in the search for the thirteenth skull.