Athine Verses: The Beginning

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Athine has always been told that she is to be the protector of the lands. She has trained for years to be this protector and possible future ruler, but Athine has no desire to be ruler of a conquered land. She wants only to have her own adventures. She gets her wish when she is tested in the A'samrad and finds out that she has the power to kill other immortals. More
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Published: March 17, 2013
Words: 29,080
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301777808
About Shannon McRoberts

I am an independent artist, author, poet, and book reviewer. I love playing MMORPGs and reading a good book.

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Athine Verses: The Beginning
Athine has always been told that she is to be the protector of the lands. She has trained for years to be this protector and possible future ruler, but Athine has no desire to be ruler of a conquered land. She wants only to have her own adventures. She gets her wish when she is tested in the A'samrad and finds out that she has the power to kill other immortals.

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Review by: PJ LaRue on Aug. 25, 2013 : star star star star star
Greek goddess make powerful warriors. A must read for Greek Mythology lovers. An Oracle's ancient prophecy foretold that Ares' favorite daughter will break a spell then allowing Ares to rule Olympia. Athine and Harmonia, two of Ares warrior daughters are fated to players in this prophecy. Will they choose to use their powers to save Olympus, Ximira and Draosia? Will they use their powers for personal gain?
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Review by: Peter Watson Jenkins on March 25, 2013 : star star star star
A good test of a book as distinctive as this historical fantasy, is when it meets a reader who is not already hooked on its style and content. Ms. McRoberts is a very good writer who engages the reader in detail for detail’s sake. The fascination that her books create is partly in the reader having to remember names and lineage, who is immortal and who is a muggle, if you’ll pardon a ‘potterism.’ Another challenge in Athine Verses is to get the hang of who in the book’s short chapters is actually doing the speaking; the ‘voice’ is always changing. Get over these hurdles and you have a well thought out and clearly written narrative. The writer is quite refreshing when she “barged in” during a piece that also had the archaic phrase, “It matters not at this moment.” And when in a similar setting we have “my gut tells me,” I thought to myself it sounded as if the winds of change were blowing over Mr. Olympus: but there was no verbal revolution to hand; the book is consistently old fashioned. No, the story is winsome, but this book isn’t for me. Nevertheless I am sure that for those who enjoy fantasy, this quite brief literary excursion has much to commend it.
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Review by: Dianne Harman on March 18, 2013 : star star star star star
What a great read and how appealing it is to a young audience. Attention spans can be short and this book offers a well-written story with compelling characters and plot in a minimum of pages. I particularly like the attention to history. I think it gives great framework to the book. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone - there's not a downside! Nice job, Ms. McRoberts!
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Review by: DR Racey on March 17, 2013 : star star star star star
Athine Verses was a great read for me. The detailed story packed into this novella was interesting from start to finish.

The book starts off with a prologue that gives some history into the gods and events that had happened earlier in history. If you are not one for lots of history then you can skip the prologue and go right to chapter one. Some readers love history and lots of names and places, other readers don’t like the history. Don’t worry though if you are one of those that don’t like history up front....you can skip the prologue and not miss a beat in the book. I for one read the history as it was enlightening and well written. A very good job of tying both Greek and Norse mythology into one encompassing story

The story flows seamlessly as you learn about Harmonia and Athine, two half sisters, both the daughters of Ares. The story moves between both character leads and shows the world from their point of view. The transitions between the character leads were well written, even in places where things happened at the same time. It was a nice transition to see multiple things happening at the same time as Shannon did well at story showing instead of story telling.

Without spoiling the plot..... There is an effort to save the world and another effort to destroy the world. I will not say who is involved in which part of the plot, but it was well written and made for a nice surprise towards the end of the book.

Technical aspects of the book were almost flawless. The sentence structure was well written and provided details that let the reader visualize what their surroundings looked like. This was expertly done as the perfect amount of detail was given which kept me interested in the book.

The only downside of the entire book is that it was too short. Roughly 25,000 words kept me in my seat for three hours straight and left me wanting more when I was finished with the book. I will definitely be reading the next two books in the series to get more of what Shannon has started in this book.

I would recommend this book for readers in middle school grades and higher. There is no use of profanity, no sexual encounters, and the violence is mild but realistic.

A must read for lovers of fantasy and mythology. If you like a book with a strong female lead, then you are going to love this novella.

5 out of 5 Stars for a very well written story in regards to content, technical style, and enjoyment.

DISCLAIMER: This book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own, and no money or other compensation was provided for this review.
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