March 8, 2013

Title:  Hera, Queen of Gods

Series:  Goddess Unbound

Author:  T. D. Thomas

Published: October 2012

Hera couldn’t care less what the other gods think, even when it’s about her. And it often is. Frankly, Hera couldn’t care less about anything, except doing her duty as queen – protecting order and defending the mortal world against any threats. But when the Fates go missing, Hera and a handful of other gods must temporarily become mortal to search the human world for the missing goddesses.

Hera finds that mortality begins to change her. It’s not just the loss of her divine powers. She expected that. It’s deeper somehow. It’s affecting how she thinks, how she feels, what’s important to her. And it gets much worse after she meets Justin, who defies every prejudice she once had
about mortals. At the worst possible time, and despite all her efforts, Hera’s black-and-white world starts to unravel.

Torn between who she’s becoming and who she needs to be in order to fulfill her duty, Hera must survive a horde of murderous creatures sent to exploit her new weakness. In the end, only Hera can stop a traitorous plot conceived by a secret alliance of ancient and new enemies, a plot that threatens to destroy not only the order Hera is sworn to protect, but all of existence itself.

*Note:  This book was provided to the Book Hookup by the author but that did not in any way affect the review

Ana will put Hera, Queen of Gods on her third shelf!

My Review:  A twist on Greek Mythology, this book brings gods to earth to save the Fates and pairs them with mortals in order to get the job done.  If you’re a fan of mythology, this story will delight you.  Hera, Apollo, Athena, Zeus, Artemis, Hermes and Demeter are all here as they set out to save the fates…the twist is that they’re in mortal bodies.  Each god can only bring one power with them from the heavens because their human hosts cannot handle all of their powers, adding to the adventure of the story.  Enter a mortal named Justin who is more than he appears, and monsters like you’ve never seen before, and you have a adventure waiting to happen.

This book is filled with twists and turns, most of which I never expected.  The writing is smooth and descriptive and put me right into the story.  The characters were all very vivid and, even though their personalities were slightly different from what you might remember from history class, their actions and thoughts were clearly god-like.  Hera, who is our hero in the book, is a strong, intelligent character who knows her limitations and yet pushes beyond them to save the fates and save the world.  Along the way, Justin manages to weave himself into her life and, without being aware of it, she changes.  Originally a very cool and uncaring type, she slowly shows more emotion and care for others.  Justin also changes…in so many ways that I can’t discuss in order not to ruin the story…but his heart is true and his selflessness shows throughout the book.

If I had one minor complaint it is that this book is too long.  The action never lets up and, at times, I felt myself wishing that something would go right for a change so that we could move along.  It took a very long time to get to the climax and, even though I enjoyed the story very much, I was ready for the mystery of who kidnapped the fates to be revealed.  The end of the book both satisfies and, at the same time, leaves the reader with questions. It’s not a huge cliffhanger, but it’s definitely one that will make you want to read the next book to see what happens.  I know what I’d like to see in the next book…..

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