Echinodea

The Second Book of the Atlantis Revolution

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
314 Pages
Reviewed on 08/27/2013
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Author Biography

At 29 years old, Tom Tancin has sixteen years of writing experience, six years of publishing experience, multiple accolades, and his work has been translated and sold into another language.

Hippocampus (The First Book of the Atlantis Revolution) is Tom's most successful book to date. In 2010, it was posted on Textnovel, Inkpop, and Authonomy to get feedback where it garnered acclaim and awards. It was a Textnovel Editor’s Choice and the Semi-finalist in the 2010 Textnovel Contest. The early draft of the book also made it into the top 150 of Inkpop (now Figment). And it received dozens of positive reviews from readers and writers everywhere. It was published in the United States in April 2012. In September of that year, Hippocampus went international with publication in Indonesia. Following up on the success of the first book, Tom published Echinodea in April 2013 and is currently writing the third and final book of The Atlantis Revolution--due out in Fall 2014.


In addition to writing, Tom is a 7th grade biology teacher and the science content leader for his school. He enjoys almost all types of music, loves to read young adult books, spends a lot of time with his family, and watches action/adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy movies. He calls Pennsylvania home, where he shares a house with a black cat named Govie and a green-cheek conure named Harley.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite

A magic lantern is all that stands between the evil Knights of the Abyss and their domination over the island of Atlantis but Trey Atlas and his court join forces to preserve the secret that has endured for centuries. Tom Tancin continues Trey's efforts to take his rightful place as the ruling Prince of Atlantis in Echinodea: The Second Book of the Atlantis Revolution and maintains a wonderful blending of legend, science and creativity.

Trey, Aerian, Troy, Ries and Oaeren are faced with difficult challenges in the caves and tunnels under the island as they race to locate the Echinodea, the magic lantern, before the wicked sorceress Jocasta can claim it. The struggles in the cave only serve to add more layers to the already complicated history of the island and relationships between these characters and it will definitely require a strong leader to sort it out and bring order and peace to the land.

Echinodea: The Second Book of the Atlantis Revolution by Tom Tancin is as exciting as it is creative. Tancin portrays a very real location that is a mix of ancient and modern buildings, technology, and ideas and gives his characters the task of making sense of it all. Change is needed in Atlantis and the people are not sure that the new Prince, Trey Atlas, is the one that can provide it. With the constant threat of danger from the Knights of the Abyss, not only the citizens but the Prince and his court are constantly facing bloodshed and terror.

The writing is superb, the action is gripping and the questions faced by the characters are just as relevant to the average person in today's world.