Sunday 23 February 2014

Book Review - Origin of the Sphinx

Title: Origin of the Sphinx
Author: Raye Wagner
Series: Sphinx (book 1)
Publisher: Studio Opolis LLC; 1 edition
Release Date: 6 Jun 2013
ASIN: B00D9627O4

In Ancient Greece, the invocation "May the Gods watch over you" was more than a spoken blessing. It was an entreaty for divine benevolence.
When Damon sees a beautiful woman alone, far from civilization, he can’t help but be drawn to her. But his life–as it should have been– is altered and twisted by the immortal touch of deity.
Damon’s daughter, Phoibe, is raised to be wary and distrustful of the gods.
And so she must choose–
If Phoibe marries a mortal, she risks eternal solitude for a moment of love.
If she follows her heart, she risks spurning a god.
The gods are powerful, and their knowledge is vast.
But the gods…
The gods are far from perfect. 

My Review
I was sent an e-copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. 
I have to be honest, I have had this for quite a while and pretty much forgot about it, but looking for a quick read tonight I loaded this up, at approx 70 pages it is actually a novella.
I tend to enjoy things based on greek mythology and gods which is why I accepted this, I don't really know much about the Sphinx, it's not been an area I've really looked at so thought this would bring a new light to it.
I started reading and wasn't really sure what was going on in the prologue, but once the story itself started I found myself wanting to know more. Damon meets a beautiful woman and falls in love, after a couple of weeks she disappears, later he is presented with a baby by a woman called Artemis, he is told that the baby is his and is a Demigod. The woman he had loved was Hera.
This is the short story of Phoibe's life as she grows up and experiences first love and a first encounter with real Gods. 
I actually really enjoyed the story, but as it is a novella everything is very quick and there isn't much detail, I think this could actually make a really good full length novel, i certainly wanted to know more.
Phoibe is likable enough, from what you know of her she has a good heart and a good sense of adventure, I would liked to have known more about her.
Apollo is well presented and really makes your skin crawl, you just know he's going to feature more. 
I'm curious enough to want to find book 2 and find out what happens, you only get the Sphinx introduced right at the end of this book, so I still want to know more. 
This is well written and captivating, but I am more of a novel person, I need more detail!

My Rating

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