Song Of Princes: Volume 1 (Homeric Chronicles) by Janell Rhiannon #GreekMythology @theravenangel

Today’s team review is from Shelley, she blogs at http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/

#RBRT Review Team

Shelley has been reading Song Of Princes: Volume 1 (Homeric Chronicles)  by Janell Rhiannon

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Author: Janell Rhiannon

Category: Greek Myth and Legend

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Review:

I read Song of Princes: Volume 1 (Homeric Chronicles) as a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

I do love reading about Greek mythology, although it’s normally in a non-fiction format or as a modernised young adult fictional twist. So when I read the blurb for Song of Princes, I couldn’t resist. I also love the cover design.

Greek Gods, Kings, and Queens, Nymphs and Heroes – Song of Princes has it all. I struggled with the pronunciation of some of the names (which is fairly normal for me), so I ended up giving them nicknames – this made for a much speedier read! The tongue tripping aside, I enjoyed this unique take on a well-established legend.

The story starts with the birth of Paris and Achilles, building a picture of their lives through infancy, to manhood. Told from a variety of viewpoints the author steers the story towards the start of the Trojan War. I’m not sure on the historical accuracy, but the author does tell a compelling story, bringing to life mythical characters such as Zeus, Paris, Achilles, and Aphrodite.

The start of this book showed great promise, but the pace lessens as you get further in. The ending fell a bit flat for me which is why I awarded 3.5 stars instead of 4.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com also available free from Kindle Unlimited

Deceived by L.A Starkey

Deceived, (Soul Keeper Series I)Deceived, by L.A. Starkey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Deceived is a YA fantasy and the first book in a series. Sam and Julie are best friends and live in Manchester, New Hampshire. They are Juniors at High School. The book opens with a very vivid dream scene for Sam, she’s in a dream meeting a boy she has met in many of her life-times, yet she doesn’t remember him. He has to suffer the pain of her leaving him once more. Yet Sam hears another voice calling her too.

Sam and Julie are both adopted, they were at the same orphanage and became firm friends and stayed friends after their separate adoptions. At school Sam is very athletic, not usually one to chase the boys, she can’t help it when her hormones are attracted to Ken, although her head knows he can be a serial player, her heart wants some fun. A history project on the ancient Greeks has Sam borrowing a strange book from the library called “The Soul Keeper”.

Nick and Marcus are brothers, Grandsons of Zeus, to them Sam is their Dream-catcher and they vie for her attention in her dreams. Yet they are all destined to be players in a much larger fight. A prophecy is about to be opened by the Time Guardian, Nick and Marcus have been waiting for their destiny to unfold for hundred of years.

I read this book in one day because it kept me so engaged with the story that I didn’t want to put it down. There’s lots going on in the story, but it all flows really well and I like books with the ancient Gods and mythology of any nation. I would definitely pick up the next book in the series, I am dying to know what happens to them all.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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