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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Novella Review: Voice of Gods (Blood of Gods and Royals 0.5)

Release Date: July 15, 2015
Author: Eleanor Herman
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Length: 122 pages

As the end of an age approaches, gods whisper horrors, families scheme for power, and one woman may hold the secret to a lost legacy.

At 19, Ada of Caria yearns to take the Snake Blood throne from her mad older siblings—and seeks the help of a young orphaned girl named Helen, the first True Oracle to have walked the earth in more than three hundred years.

Helen may be able to channel the voice of the gods, but she hates her gift, and will do anything to get rid of it—even lie to her best friend, Myrtale, the priestess-princess of Epirus who is destined to marry King Philip II of Macedon even though she loves another. And in the shadows lurks a handsome green-eyed stranger who has more at stake—and more to lose—than anyone could possibly imagine.Amid jealousy and heartbreak, torrid affairs and secret rendezvous, it is spoken by the gods that either Helen or Myrtale —newly named Olympias— will carry the destiny of the known world within her womb.

The prequel to LEGACY OF KINGS, VOICE OF GODS traces the intricate web of love and betrayal that led up to the birth of history’s most powerful leader, Alexander the Great.

    

Review:

Protagonist: While this novella has a few third person POVs the main focus is on the character of Helen. Helen is a young girl who has the power to hear the Voice of the Gods. This is a power that is not only extremely rare, but is coveted greatly for the prophecies she hears. Helen has a bit of a love-hate relationship with her gift. She loves it because it has saved her life many times, but she also hates how it's coveted and because of that she's in constant danger. I really loved the character of Helen. Even though this short novella spans many years, Helen's character development never always feels natural, even when her thoughts and feeling no longer match what they did mere chapters ago, it never felt forced. Helen is also a very likable and relateable character. She's not perfect, but she owns that and always strives to be herself.

Romance: This book is split up into four parts. In all but one of the parts Helen has some sort of romance going on. Though as an oracle she has to stay a virgin that doesn't stop her from falling in love. There was really only one part in which I felt the romance developed a little too quickly, though it seemed that it was supposed to be that way. Overall I found the romance to be very interesting. Since this takes place over a long expanse of time, as well as various locales, there wasn't just one guy Helen was caught up on. I liked the realism of this as well as the fact that each guy was a little different in some ways, they weren't all carbon copies of each other.

World-Building: Even though this story is for the most part fiction and fantasy there are aspects of it that are based on real events. These types of tales are my favorite. I love how authors can twist history, add a dash of magic, and make it something incredible. Plus, you know me and Greek Mythology, I mean it's hard not to like a book when it has that in it. Though the mythology of this book is a bit different than the normally accepted Greek Mythos. I mean on the whole there isn't too much mythology, but the portion that we do get just seems a bit, off, it's very mysterious and I'm intrigued to learn more about what this author may have changed or adjusted.

Predictability: Honestly this novella is very unpredictable, Of course the things based on actual events are fairly easy to predict if you know the stories, but the changes made by the author and the larger twists in this book aren't all that easy to predict. I loved how every part had some sort of twist to it, something that added to the excitement of this novella. Not that the novella's not exciting without these twists, but they just take it to another level.

Ending: The ending is pretty much the last part, which consists of two chapters. This last part wraps up the novella extremely well and does a lot to sort of transition toward the first full length novel in this series, A Legacy of Kings. There are great characters that return and it left me with so many questions as to not only where this story is going, but also how certain characters fit into the main series and even if some of my favorite characters will make some sort of appearance in the main series.

Rating:


This novella is amazing, and best of all it's FREE. It may take some to get into it but it's so worth it. Though I think it may have made me prematurely judge Alexander based onhow much I despised Olympias, but maybe it'll be fixed when I begin Legacy of Kings very soon!

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