Genre: YA Fantasy
Recommended Age: 15+ (some mature scenes, death, war, the usual lol).
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A GOD OF WAR SEEKING RESTORATION. AN UNWILLING SACRIFICIAL BRIDE. BETRAYAL THAT COULD DESTROY THEM BOTH. “Every fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.” Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power. “I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.” Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice. Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming? – Amazon.com
Let’s face it, YA fantasy has become hugely popular in the past few years. It’s so popular that it’s become very oversaturated. There are thousands of books about fairies, the end of the world, vampires, zombies, etc. And while I am NOT complaining, I do love when I see something different. This book was definitely different for me. I’ve never read a book (outside of the Percy Jackson series) that had a mixture of gods and modern time. However, this book had a very different feel from the Percy Jackson series! It had a dark and gritty feel to it and it was so refreshing to read something completely new. The characters in the book were fairly well developed and the plot was interesting. The author did well in writing her book and the writing was not hard to follow along with.
However, I do have to say that this book did not keep my interest and I found it hard to keep reading it. At the beginning of the book the reader is just thrown into this world and it’s really confusing to figure out the time period of the story. At first I thought it was like ancient Greek-ish but then I figured out that it was set in modern day. The pacing was really weird for me, it’s not really fast or slow but the book does skip around a lot. The book switches POV a lot and the book does not explain how the “magic” in the book works.
Verdict: Overall, this book was not for me but it is a very unique and fun book that I think those who loved the Percy Jackson series and who loves YA fantasy books. This book does talk about ritualistic sacrifices though, so if you’re a young reader make sure your parents OK this book for you to read. Don’t let my opinion decide if you should buy this book or not as each book can be interpreted differently.