on Feb. 17, 2018 :
I thought that I would be reading this quickly but I was utterly entranced and took my time. The characters are well drawn and the story line keeps developing in both expected and unexpected directions. Worth reading for sci-fi romance readers who enjoy the created world and a heroine coming to grips with herself and her place in the world.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)
on Nov. 24, 2015 :
If you like your fantasy novels with a side of romance and a little sci-fi just to spice things up, you’ll absolutely love “The Moreva of Astoreth.” Our heroine, Moreva Tehi, falls from grace as the favorite granddaughter of the Devi goddess Astoreth, and is banished from Astoreth’s temple to a backwater village named Mjor where the Devi and their enemies, the hakoi, are perilously close to breaking their fragile peace.
All the characters, especially Moreva but also Hyme, the village healer, Kepten Yose, Moreva’s scheming subordinate, and Laerd Teger, the chief of Mjor, are fully-developed and believable, particularly Moreva as she struggles to overcome her bigotry. The interplay between Moreva and Laerd is especially enjoyable, even more so once you realize that his charismatic ways have enough hold over Movera to make her break even her most sacred vows and do whatever it takes to learn the dark secrets of her gods and her world.
Extremely well-written and with great pacing, “The Moreva of Astoreth” is one of the rare fantasy books that pulls you entirely into its strange universe and won’t let you go – I certainly struggled to put this book down! If you’re a fan of fantasy at all, put this on your must-read list immediately. I’m looking forward to more from Roxanne Bland!
(reviewed the day of purchase)