Atlan (novel)

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AuthorJane Gaskell
CountryUnited States
PublisherHodder and Stoughton
Media typePrint
Preceded byThe Serpent (1963) 
Followed byThe City (1966) 

Atlan is a fantasy novel by British writer Jane Gaskell. It was first published in 1965. It is the second book in the Atlan series set in prehistoric South America and Atlantis. The first book in the series was The Serpent, and Atlan is followed by two more books, The City and Some Summer Lands.

Plot summary[edit]

Apart from the prologue, Atlan is told from the first person point of view of the main character Cija. Following the events of The Serpent, Cija has married Zerd, the half-Human, half-Reptilian warlord. Zerd's army has conquered the hidden continent of Atlan (a clear reference to Atlantis) and Zerd now rules as its Emperor with Cija by his side.

Unfortunately for Cija, Zerd has not given up his philandering ways and the couple become estranged. The book details Cija's travails in Atlan as she must survive assassination attempts, bandits, and various misadventures.[1] Complicating matters is an invasion by the Northern army, headed by Sedili, Zerd's ex-wife.[2]


  1. ^ "Atlan by Jane Gaskell". Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Adventures in Earth's Prehistory: Jane Gaskell's Atlan Saga, Part III". Retrieved 26 October 2018.

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