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Release Date: April 19 2013
Source: received for review via author
In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it, but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.
When nineteen-year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress. In the midst of an invasion on a neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where they must fight for their life in a caged arena.
Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him and herself alive while battling inhumanly opponents, and trying to save the stolen, sacred relic that will restore her empress’s life force and all of Cavan. And if she can somehow awaken the goddess within her, she may save what’s most important.
New Adult Dark Fantasy: Intended for readers 17 years of age and older.
Are you looking for a badass protagonist, action packed story? Then YES you have come to the right place my friends. This book will guide you to the world of goddess war and it will have you sitting at the edge of your seat, trying to catch on breath >.< And I meant it, my eyes were glued to the page as battles raged, secret was revealed and those blood bath games took place.
Kaliope is a strong will and determined. I love her so much, she stood strong for what she loved. To kill or be killed is such a hard decision to make especially when Kal was trained to protect people. And I'm glad that she was not alone, Calen was always with her. Oh Calen, such a mighty prince and let me warn your heart, he is a drop dead gorgeous. Not to mention that he is so funny or maybe a natural flirt I don't know but whatever it is I had a lot of LOL moments. Yes besides all those crazy fightings you sure can find some swoon-worthy moments too. So what are you waiting for and not pick up this book yet?
I almost forgot the world building. This is a high fantasy so there is a LOT of world building to get you to the world so you can know what is going on (different cultural, belief and rituals). So at the beginning it was a little bit slow but you don't have to worry because the pace picked up later.
And the ending was making me gasping.
It ended with a cliff hanger, that ending literally made me almost have a heart attack. Where are you, second book?
So readers if you have to do something agaisnt your nature to protect what you love, will you do it eventhough that decision will haunt you forever?