Goddess-Born (A Tale of Two Worlds)

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The Kingdom of Grandlock heaves with revolution. The nobility have oppressed the people for generations, but new advances in technology are enabling them to drive more and more people into unemployed misery, at the same time as radical ideas spread among the populace: ideas like democracy and popular rule. Liberty is only a revolt away – but magic threatens to subvert it. More

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About Brian Rush

Brian Rush has been writing compulsively in one form or another for many years. He has been a student (one is always a student) of the occult for just as long, and has published articles and taught classes on the subject. He has lived on both coasts of the U.S., never far from the sea, and currently resides in northern California.

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Christi Killien reviewed on Dec. 11, 2012

Goddess Born, and its prequel The Greenstone Tower which I also enjoyed, are the first two books in a remarkable fantasy riff on Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities complete with a 18th Century European society in revolution. There's a delightful cast of randy gods and goddesses encouraging the evolution of humankind and the fairy world (the Two Worlds of the title) via mating with the populace and fostering the offspring, the goddess-born of the title, out to worthy families. There's the goddess-born themselves, Malcolm and Sonia, growing up and learning what their roles are in the big change of democracy. And there are the fairies, who kept their magic when they split off to the Other World centuries earlier, but are now intermingling with the Old World humans. It's a wonderful ride, and along the way we get to think about how people and societies do actually change. I can't wait for Volume 3.
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S. R. Cronin reviewed on Dec. 8, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed Goddess Born. Although I also enjoyed Rush’s earlier Green Stone Tower, this is a richer book with more suspense and more levels of intrigue. I enjoyed the underlying political story with its surprising revolutionary who fights with her pen, and appreciated the two poignant love stories, only one of which can end well. The two goddess-born main characters are worth cheering on, both individually and together, yet this book counters their virtue with a thoroughly bad character to boo at, at least one morally ambiguous character, and one of the more horrible mythical monsters I can ever remember. It all takes place in a sort of 1700's-ish world that is believable without a lot of overt detail and into which both magic and revolution fit so nicely.

The book offers a few more battle details that I personally care for, and I struggled with gods and goddesses so powerful and yet so human, but these are minor quibbles and perhaps unique to me. Basically, this is a fun fantasy book with a good heart and underlying positive message. I was sorry to see it end.
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