Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Amber Allure (Amber Quill)
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
The most valuable pieces of jewelry are vanishing from the god Hermes’ Manhattan stores and the security feeds pick up only clouds of smoke. While the god of thieves, messengers, and commerce doesn’t appreciate someone stealing from him, he’s intrigued by this thief’s ingenuity and skill. When Hermes enlists his family to trap his burglar, he gets the surprise of his immortal life.
Fafnir just wants to be left alone. Doomed over the centuries to a never-ending cycle of violent death and painful rebirth, he had hoped to find an escape in the quiet life of author and illustrator. But there are forces at work he doesn’t understand, and his peace is shattered by the return to old cycles and the sudden interference of a beautiful and incredibly irritating Greek god.
Have you ever picked up a book and just instantly connected to everything about it? A book where all your favorite things come together in such a way that the story captures you. The characters and the world take over so much that the writing and the words themselves cease to be individual entities. This was one such story for me.
Was this some paragon of literary quality, riddled with hidden layers and writing techniques that would make a PHD drool? Not really, though there were some prominent literary techniques used and it was well put together. Was this some show stopping fantasy that will be immortalized into movies and create massive fandoms? I wouldn’t mind that eventuality, but it probably isn’t realistic. Did any of that matter to me as I was reading this story? Nope, not one bit. This author has created a world and characters that I have connected with on all levels. This may not be for everyone, but it for sure was for me and I will keep reading until this series until the author stops producing more.
This was Hermes and Fafnir’s story and it had so many things going for it. It was so snarky and fun (if I quoted every line that made me laugh this review would be as long as the novella itself) while also being serious when necessary. It had mystery and plot to keep things moving and to give the characters purpose. It had great world building with the various ways the ancients fit into modern society. It had interesting characters with interesting histories and abilities. There was a temperamental dragon who wants to give up his hoarding ways to write children’s book. A puzzle loving god whose mythical symbol has manifested as real snakes who can communicate and give advice. An injured and recovering fallen angel determined prove himself. The “Deity Legion of Doom,” a group of chaos causing gods from all facets of mythology manipulating Fafnir for evil and placing bets on worldwide destruction. And a whole host of other busibody gods and goddesses who were always ready to lend a helping hand (or cause mischief when it suits). It had a lovely yet snarky romance that was enjoyable to watch unfold (those men sure knew how to banter and rile each other up). And the way Hermes conquered the evil to retrieve the man he loved? So much cheese but so worth it!
I am enjoying the hell out of this world and these characters. I love the attention to detail and the way the author continually integrates the ancient with the modern. I can’t wait for the next story.
Oh and I can’t tell you how happy I was to see Michael and Zack still together and that Michael was slowly but surely recovering from the events of the previous book!! Michael owns my heart and he may or may not have stolen the show from time to time in this book.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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