Saturday, August 17, 2013

Verses of Athine

Verses of Athine: The Daughter of Ares Chronicles
~By~
Shannon McRoberts
~Genres~
Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology
~My Copy~
~Kindle eBook
~Published~
April 25th, 2013
~Pages~
358
~Synopsis (from Goodreads)~
"Take what you know about mythology and throw it out the window...

Do you have any idea what Zeus, Odin, Pandora's Box, Atlantis, Machu Picchu, Hera, Nike, Dragons, Vlad, Clones*, and Vampires have in common? Athine does!

The Daughter of Ares Chronicles follows Athine as she uncovers the secrets of her destiny while interacting with key figures from many mythologies. Athine is not your ordinary immortal born goddess. Learn of her mysterious origins, learn why Zeus hates her so much, find out where vampires come from, and learn what really happened to the dragons.

Contains books 1-4 at one incredible price! This allows you to catch up on all the action in preparation for the next book Cursed Bloods (2015ish). (This book is a totally overhauled version of all 4 stories that are available. It replaced The Daughter of Ares Trilogy, The Narkurru, The Blood Sisters, and Worlds Collide. Athine Verses: The Beginning is also included in this edition, but it remains perma-free for those that would like to pick it up. It also was updated with new material and editing.)

*Clones-for a full understanding of this also pick up The Secret of Genetic Corp X."
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~My Rating: 4/5 Roses~

~My Review~
Being a collection of all four parts in The Daughter of Ares series, this is not a short read. Luckily, it's interesting and full of great characters, making this a wonderful fantasy book.

Mixing Norse and Greek Mythology is certain to make for an epic plot. With rich histories and backgrounds plunging into both areas of myth, Shannon McRoberts does a fantastic job of creating a new story out of old legends. Full of mystery, secrets, suspense, and quick adventure, this story keeps you second guessing an on your toes.

This book follows Athine, daughter of Ares, and tells her story, from her childhood, to her connection with our world. We meet a wide range of characters, including the descendants of humans with dragon blood, descendants of dragons themselves, mermaids, most of the famous Greek gods, several Norse gods, vampires, and many humans. Watching history unfold in this magical realm is sure to satisfy the imagination of any fantasy fan.

The writing style took a few chapters to grow accustomed to, but is wasn't bad. Like most fantasy stories creating an alternate reality/realm/universe, there were a lot of names and places that were unique. It had a lot of dialogue and history, but still had action and adventure to keep the story flowing at good pace.

Overall, I really liked this book. With dynamic characters and extraordinary challenges, this story has done a great job of tying in the myths of Olympus and Valhalla with our own history. I would recommend this story to any fantasy fan.

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
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