Grayson James, better known as Gray, has been sent to find the Jewel of Dunamis. His boss at the ultra-secret Otherworld Bureau of Investigation has located this powerful item in Atlantis and wants it out of the wrong hands. This gem can see the future, tell if someone is lying or not and other things that can shape and/or destroy it.
Atlantis is not like many myths have described. Atlantis is populated by those not human or what some would can monsters; demons, dragons, vampires and more. It also has cities as well as jungles. Power struggles are the norm and usually two dragons guard the portals to the world above as Atlantis is under the sea.
As Gray attempts to locate the Jewel and stay alive as creatures try to kill him, a voice starts talking to him even though there is no one around. This voice warns him of danger, gives him direction and lends him the knowledge of Atlantis that he doesn’t have. Following this voice leads him to the stronghold of the Demons and one very beautiful woman needing help. She bargains for her freedom by telling Gray she will give him the Jewel of Dunamis that he is looking for. When asked her name, she is stumped as she has been called slave or it for years. Deciding on Jewel for a name, little does Gray know that her full name is Jewel of Dunamis and what he is looking for is not a stone but an alive woman.
The characters in this book are excellent. As the book progresses you get a more well-rounded feel of them. Jewel becomes more than an object but you understand her need for freedom and the joy she is having visiting her first market or dancing her first dance. Reading of Gray struggling with the love and protectiveness he is feeling towards Jewel and the realization that not only is she the jewel he came looking for but there is no future for them as he can not stay in Atlantis and she can not live out of it. Even the secondary characters are great. The vampire leader makes an alliance with the demon leader while still looking only to use her. You begin to know and understand his motives and I actually started to like him!
Atlantis is described well and you can start visualizing certain places. The actually physical Atlantis is there as well as the cities and market places. The creatures that make up Atlantis and their characteristics are formed such that you think you could easily identify them. In other words, this world was well thought out and it shows.
There are a couple of places where other books of Gena Showalter are alluded to but not actually mentioned. Gray’s sister married an alien, a being from another planet and the dragon leader is married to a human. Still, these brief mentions of other stories does not distract from this one and readers of these other stories would probably enjoy their inclusion to this story.
I enjoyed this story of fantasy and hope to locate the previous books that were touched on. Ms Showalter’s attention to her world’s details and to her characters being fully developed make for wonderful books to escape the every day routine.
All Atlantis seeks the Jewel of Dunamis, which legend claims can overcome any enemy. Grayson James, human agent of the ultra-secret Otherworld Bureau of Investigation, has orders to keep it from the wrong hands -- or destroy it. What he doesn't know is that Jewel is a woman, not a stone! But once he meets this precious gem, destroying her is the last thing on his mind . . .
Jewel, part goddess, part prophet, is a pawn in Atlantis's constant power struggles. She needs Gray's help to win freedom and uncover the secrets of her mysterious origins. Gray needs her wisdom to navigate monster-ridden Atlantis. But need blossoms into passionate love as they fight demons, dragons, vampires -- and a prophecy that says the bond between them could destroy them both.