As part of the Tuff Girl Legion, I, Emily, am happy to be a part of the Astarte's Wrath event. The goal is to reach fifty reviews for the book on Amazon. If we can do it, Trisha Wolfe will release the bath scene from Xarion's point-of-view on her blog! And boy do we want it! You can read my review below and then go grab your own copy for only 99 cents until the end of the tour!
The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
A tragic love story.
Two thousand years before Dez Harkly developed her secret powers, Guardian Astarte was vowed to protect by the binds enslaving her to the Egyptian pharaohs. Discover the prophecy that originated from a very different time, and spans generations to link two very different girls.
This is the beginning.
Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarion her duty, he’s the son of Cleopatra, and he’s human. All of which makes their love forbidden.
But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar creeps into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythan free themselves of their servitude, and protecting her charge—the last pharaoh—while Egypt burns around her.
New Adult/Mature YA: sexual content, drinking, drugs, violence, language, death, and other mature content intended for readers 17 and older. Astarte's Wrath is a companion novel to Destiny's Fire, but can be read as a standalone novel.
Astarte's Wrath was brilliant. A magical twist on Egyptian history, Trisha Wolfe has written the most fascinating story that left my heart in pieces.
I didn't really know what to expect from this novel. I've never read a story based off of Egyptian history and mythology before, though I've found the subject interesting ever since our study of it in the sixth grade. I'm glad this was the way I started because I have fallen even more in love with the culture and mythology.
Star and Xarion are a couple that readers will root for from the very beginning. There interactions are sweet and sexy and filled with lots of love. I liked most of the characters! Though I was shocked by the betrayals and cruelty of some, those details made for a more compelling story. The author gives us characters root for and characters to see as evil. It works out excellently for this book.
This is a fast-paced, action-filled story that also provides a good deal of angst and romance. It had me hooked from the very first chapter! With battle scenes, a forbidden romance and a country falling apart, Astarte's Wrath is an adventure for all. As I am not very knowledgable about the subject, I do not know how accurate the background story is, but it sure did provide from some thrilling entertainment. I really wish we could see more of this world and its characters in a series, but I am pleased with the ending the author gives us. It finalizes the story, while leaving the readers with piece-of-mind.
Astarte's Wrath is a pretty short read. The novel has a lot of detail, and probably could've been spread out over several hundred pages, but I think for the age group that this is written for, it is the perfect length. Too much more would've overdone it. The author's writing style did very well for the novel as well.
This was just an all-around great story. I had fun reading it, but it also had the ability to really hurt my heart. I think fans of fantasy and mythology will find something to love in this. I will definitely be reading the companion novel, Destiny's Fire, because I am completely pulled to this idea now. I think Trisha Wolfe has an amazing storytelling talent that I hope to see more of in the future!
I received an e-copy of this novel from the author for my honest opinion and review.