Review: Hippocampus

Hippocampus by Tom Tancin (The Atlantis Revolution #1)

Book description (from Goodreads) –

An Island that Shouldn’t Exist…
A Life He Didn’t Know…
A Destiny That Can’t Be Escaped

There was no turning back. We were going to set into motion a revolution that could either save Atlantis or leave it destroyed in the process.

Sixteen-year-old Trey Atlas’ known life is a lie. While he was raised in Miami, Trey was actually born in Atlantis. Sent off the legendary island as a baby for his own safety, Trey is the only living heir to the Atlantean throne. Whether he likes it or not, Trey has to go back to his birthplace and accept his role as the Ruling Prince and lead the revolution to defeat the Knights of the Abyss. Otherwise, thousands of innocent lives and his true family legacy could be lost forever.


Trey Atlas is about to discover that the myth of Atlantis is not actually a myth at all – Atlantis is very much alive and Trey is destined to be its Ruling Prince.

As a champion swimmer, Trey loves being in the water but that begins to change after he starts to hear a woman scream every time he puts his head underwater. Trey can’t decide whether his mind is playing tricks, or if something is very wrong with him.

He soon learns the truth behind the screams, and it is something he never expected or would have ever thought possible. Trey is, in fact, from the Atlantean Royal bloodline and those screams that he has been hearing are very much real and not a figment of his imagination. They are the screams of Aerian, an Atlantean sorceress, in desperate need of Trey’s help. For Atlantis is in crisis; the Ruling Royal Family has been murdered by the Knights of the Abyss, a vengeful group who want Atlantis for themselves, and only Trey can stop them.

The question is: will Trey accept his Atlantean heritage and accept his place on the Royal Throne, or will he turn his back on Atlantis, leaving the city to be truly lost forever?


I very much enjoy stories based on myths and legends, and Hippocampus by Tom Tancin is no exception. The story begins with a sketch of an underwater scene and details of a prophecy, and together, these two details really make you feel like you are about to undertake an adventure.

The main character, Trey Atlas, is sixteen years old and the star of the high-school swim team. At first I found him a little hard to warm up to, as I found him slightly arrogant. He knows he is good-looking and doesn’t hide that fact. He also doesn’t have relationships; he dates a different girl each week and as Trey states, he is “good for a casual fling”. Having said this, the more I read the more I felt that Trey began to mature and his good heart, bravery and compassion shone through.

When Trey discovers that his life isn’t what it seems he is in complete shock, but before he can totally comprehend what these new discoveries about his heritage mean he is thrown into the middle of Altantis’ crisis. Evil is after him and he needs the refuge of Atlantis as much as Atlantis needs him. If he wants to understand what is after him he needs to go the source – to Atlantis. He also can’t ignore the screams of Aerian – but can he help her?

Shortly after arriving in Atlantis, Trey meets Oaren. I thought Oaren was such a gorgeous character. He is really kind and has such a good heart. I really liked the friendship between Trey and Oaren and I’m looking forward to reading more about Oaren in the sequel to Hippocampus. At one point is the story my heart just broke for Oaren.

One of the other characters that I am very interested to know more about is Aerian. Very early into the story it is revealed that she is a sorceress who lived with the Royal Family. She is devoted to Atlantis and restoring the Royal Throne to the rightful heir: Trey. There is an air of mystery about her, and I am deeply intrigued to see if anything romantic will develop between her and Trey. Although, I can understand if nothing romantic was to develop between them, because Aerian is heart-broken herself for many reasons…I just won’t say why. I don’t want to give anything away.

Author, Tom Tancin has a very visual writing style which suits this adventure story perfectly. Before starting this novel, I was very intrigued by its title, Hippocampus. After reading the novel I can see how the title reflects the story, and I think it was a very clever title choice.

Tom Tancin takes the myth of Atlantis and gives it a modern twist, creating a fresh and exciting adventure story. Action, mystery, magic, adventure and suspense fill the pages of Hippocampus.


*Thank you to Tom Tancin for providing me with a copy of Hippocampus for review.


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