Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: Voice of Gods by Eleanor Herman

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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.

VOICE OF THE GODS is the story of Helen and the Queen before she was re-named and called queen. Steeped in the magic and yearning for power that the first book in the series, LEGACY OF KINGS, is, VOICE OF THE GODS brings together the tale of two women desperate for something more than what they’ve been given, and what they’ll do to achieve it. However, though this book promises a gorgeous entry to the series, I am left less than stunned. Much like my reaction to LEGACY OF KINGS. Though, fewer than five or six points of views is ALWAYS welcome.

While I appreciate the backstory I was actually hoping for, I do wish for a little more seduction and promises of power. (I know; I know) I love the idea of Snake Blood more than the actual thing itself. Though I love the explanation of it in the prequel and the showing of how it lends itself to LEGACY OF KINGS, I wasn’t stunned. The world building, as was in book was, was lovely and I couldn’t get enough of it. And the progression, I thought, of the prequel was done much smoother and (easier?) than in LEGACY OF KINGS.

But, I don’t know. There was something missing. And it wasn’t more point of views. I got more than enough earlier. *chuckles*

I guess I wish the characters (Helen and Myrtle) were more rounded and fleshed out. I know it’s a short beginning, but I should still get to feel a connection to them, you know? I was to sympathize and love and fall and feel hurt and betrayed. Instead, I really felt, well, nothing. So that was disappointing. Majorly. Maybe my heart really is made of ice and coated in loathing. Could you make said heart melt though? Pretty Please?

All that being said though, I did still enjoy reading it.

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