“A GOD OF WAR SEEKING RESTORATION.
AN UNWILLING SACRIFICIAL BRIDE.
BETRAYAL THAT COULD DESTROY THEM BOTH.
“Every fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.”
Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.
“I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.”
Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.
Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?”
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I’m feel like this is going to sound like an olympic commentary… but WHAT A SOLID ENTRY.
This authors first novel is an extreme display of promise. Cassia and Theo both avoided cookie-cutter personalities. However, the highlight here is Theo.
Y’all know male POV is my favorite POV. Well, this book has it.
Theo brought real character flaws to the table! Yay for moral substance! I absolutely loved his craving for revenge. The fact that war was what he was made of. That was wonderfully carved into his character and by the end of the book, you can’t help but feel that war is in fact a neutral and natural substance of humanity. It’s not inherently good or bad, it just is.
He learns and thinks so much. God, the storylines here. They are woven all over the place (but not in a reckless, nonsensical way..) I’ve seen novels talk about deceptive wars before, but this book brought all those double story lines right to the forefront. Which few debuts manage to tackle effectively.
Cassia mostly did the same (though I didn’t feel as much emotion from her.. more on that later). I loved her determination to make her own salvation, and what she learned through it.
The conclusions in both characters pulled together fabulously after they learned from their mistakes. My favorite part of the whole novel however, was the foreshadowing.
I legit didn’t see it coming.
And I see it coming in novels about 98% of the time. So MAD RESPECT. This is to be honest, what won me over the most for this novel. The other things helped, but this totally had me sold.
That said, there were a few flaws in the book, only enough for me to withhold the last half star.
Number 1, is that there were a lot of names and terms to keep up with. Not an absurd amount, just more than is usually seen in YA. I imagine someone who’s used to high fantasy wouldn’t have that problem (in the slightest).
Number 2, is that I didn’t quite connect to the characters emotionally. I adored Theo’s character process, and I felt more of his emotions than I did Cassias. So I felt that the book was still a little weak in that area.
The only other minor thing, was that a few of the last-minute plot points, left me a tinge lost. It was just once, but I did have to re-read a page or two towards the end to see if I missed a detail and just wasn’t connecting the dots.
This fondly reminded me of a few books I read over the years from independent authors. After saying all that, I would absolutely recommend this to fantasy lovers. And, anyone who wants to cheer on a new author.
I still adored this novel, and I can’t wait to see if we get Leander’s story (what a gem…)
Also, I apologize this review is a little drawn out. I have a huge headache. So I really hope I don’t come off as super rambly.
Don’t forget to read all the other posts and enter the giveaway!
7/10/2017- Quite The Novel Idea– Review
7/11/2017- Margie’s Must Reads– Guest Post
7/12/2017- Wishful Endings– Review
7/13/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview
7/14/2017- Rachel’s Book Reviews- Review – YOU ARE HERE!
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