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on Aug. 25, 2013 :
I’d previously read Athine Versus: The Beginning and Athine Versus: The Blood Sisters, but I’d inadvertently skipped Athine Versus: The Narkurru. So when Ms. McRoberts placed her mythology books on sale as a trilogy, I knew I had to read them all, this time in order.
I still love Ms. McRoberts’ artistry with extending Olympic mythology beyond the stories we learned in school. She created worlds for the gods and goddesses to defend and to rule. But, even better, she has written the stories that explain why the gods and goddesses are loving, jealous, protective and vindictive all at once.
In book one, Athine Versus: The Beginning, 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?
In book two, Athine Versus: The Narkurru, Athine must protect the worlds from the Narkurru who are allowed to breach the veil due to an ancient curse.
In book three, Athine Versus: The Blood Sisters, Athine must protect Olympus from Nikeda and Morain’a. Ms. McRoberts yet again, weaves a tale extending mythology into a whole new realm while adding a new spin to the origins of the vampire.
And in a surprise twist, verse four, Worlds Collide, a time warp occurs allowing Olympus to meet inhabitants of Atlantis. This verse sets the stage for book five, and I for one, cannot wait to read it, too.
I would recommend these books to anyone that loves fantasy, strategy, mythology and strong female warriors. I’d agree with the author’s statement that the age range should be 16+ years old, as the books depict the gods the way they were: both lusty and violent.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Aug. 16, 2013 :
Being a collection of all four parts in The Daughter of Ares series, this is not a short read. Luckily, it's interesting and full of great characters, making this a wonderful fantasy book.
Mixing Norse and Greek Mythology is certain to make for an epic plot. With rich histories and backgrounds plunging into both areas of myth, Shannon McRoberts does a fantastic job of creating a new story out of old legends. Full of mystery, secrets, suspense, and quick adventure, this story keeps you second guessing an on your toes.
This book follows Athine, daughter of Ares, and tells her story, from her childhood, to her connection with our world. We meet a wide range of characters, including the descendants of humans with dragon blood, descendants of dragons themselves, mermaids, most of the famous Greek gods, several Norse gods, vampires, and many humans. Watching history unfold in this magical realm is sure to satisfy the imagination of any fantasy fan.
The writing style took a few chapters to grow accustomed to, but is wasn't bad. Like most fantasy stories creating an alternate reality/realm/universe, there were a lot of names and places that were unique. It had a lot of dialogue and history, but still had action and adventure to keep the story flowing at good pace.
Overall, I really liked this book. With dynamic characters and extraordinary challenges, this story has done a great job of tying in the myths of Olympus and Valhalla with our own history. I would recommend this story to any fantasy fan.
*I was given an ebook copy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on July 30, 2013 :
At first I considered this something that I wouldn’t typically read, however as someone that has studies the humanities, I began reading it and was very hooked after finding that McRoberts used mythological stories from the Greeks and Vikings.
I greatly enjoyed reading the many stories within this chronicles. I would have to say that my favorite character out of all of the many great ones within this work was Isri. She was so valiant, selfless and yet, finds herself with a happy ending.
I found it to be an easy read, aside from names that we are not used to today, I found myself completely entranced in the world of these characters. McRoberts writes from the character’s views, allowing you to feel like you are right there along for the ride. There is also plenty of action for all those actions lovers.
I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys a great read, those that enjoy fantasy, and those that love the mythology stories of old. I love the use of Olympus and the gods that reside, as well as her use of Valhalla and the gods that reside there. She was able to take names of the gods still known today, but create stories that haven’t been told, while following enough of the original to be believable.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
on July 14, 2013 :
I read the original trilogy from Shannon McRoberts and loved it. Now with the revisions and the addition of another story to the series, I am looking forward to a follow up. While using familiar mythological names and concepts, the author is able to make the stories her own with a unique style. Written with focus on character relation, action, and little filler, the story collection is a quick and enjoyable read. If you love fantasy but want a story without hundreds of pages of descriptive filler then this story is for you!
(reviewed 76 days after purchase)
on June 17, 2013 :
If you have the occasional inkling for an entirely new world conjured utterly from a person's imagination, then Verses of Athine is for you. When I first read the description, I'll be honest, I was a little wary that it would be significantly overwhelming. At first it was with the lineage of the characters listed in the same format you find throughout the Bible. That was probably the worst part about this book. I still thought it was cool that Miss McRoberts chose to include the lineage this way, but it made me just a tad bit dizzy. After that part, however, I found myself engrossed through the work. It was very well written and the plot and characters written with a mythological style. I found it interesting and innovative and Shannon McRoberts truly did a wonderful job. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys delving into a magical land they've never ventured into before...and be prepared to meet some new friends on the way, while learning new things about characters you thought you once knew!
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)