The Labyrinthine Journey (Servant of the Gods, #2) by Luciana Cavallaro #BookReview @ClucianaLuciana

Cover: The Labyrinthine Journey
(Servant of the Gods, #2)
by Luciana Cavallaro

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (5 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Follow Evan as he continues his odyssey as Servant of the Gods in The Labyrinthine Journey. The quest to locate the sacred object adds pressure to the uneasy alliance between Evan and the Atlanteans. His inability to accept the world he’s in, and his constant battle with Zeus, both threaten to derail the expedition and his life.

Traversing the mountainous terrain of the Peloponnese and Corinthian Gulf to the centre of the spiritual world, Evan meets with Pythia, Oracle of Delphi. Her cryptic prophecy reveals much more than he expected; something that changes his concept of the ancient world and his former way of life.

Will Evan and his friends succeed in their quest to find the relics and stop the advent of Christianity?

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy
> Fantasy > Metaphysical & Visionary
> Fantasy > Historical
> Fantasy > Fairy Tales
Books > Literature & Fiction
> Genre Fiction > Historical > Fantasy
> Action & Adventure > Fantasy
> Mythology & Folk Tales
Series: Servant of the Gods, #2
Length: 310 pages
Release date: Mythos Publications:  2017-10-01
Luccav Enterprises:  2018-01-12

 

Teaser


‘The Oracle of Delphi is the most powerful of all prophets,’ said Dexion. ‘My father told me people voyaged from faraway places to hear her predictions. My homeland was settled by Greeks who sought Pythia’s advice. She described the location, how far it was, how to get there and what they would find once they arrived.’

‘Is your ability the same as hers?’ Leander asked.

‘No.’ Dexion shook his head. ‘My ability only allows me to see a person’s future, whereas the Oracle’s gift sees all.’


My Opinion

This book continues the journey of Evan/Evandros Chronis and his fellow travellers. While Evan still dreams of returning to the 21st century, their search for the relics is disrupted by a certain someone who has different plans for the future.

With The Labyrinthine Journey, Luciana Cavallaro has created another well-crafted historical suspense that continues a modern architect’s journey into the past and/or mythology – against his will. It is a very compelling read that draws you close to Evan and his quest. Luciana Cavallaro introduces the characters with care, integrating them in the plot, you want to find a possibility to help Evan reach his goal. Evan is believable, determined, and has a strong sense of justice. As the journey continues, the story keeps its steady yet fast-paced flow, skilfully combining the already known characters with new encounters and mythology. Be prepared for some complex characters, surprising events and revelations, and for an adventurous journey into Greek mythology. The author’s passion for history and writing shows – I had a great time reading. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

This is a book for you if you like mythology, fantasy stories with believable characters, and if you appreciate excellent story-telling.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (5 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (5 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (5 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (5 stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳  (decent enough)
Violence 😳  (scenes of violence)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (decent enough)

 

About the author

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, likes to meander between contemporary life to the realms of mythology and history. Luciana has always been interested in Mythology and Ancient History but her passion wasn’t realised until seeing the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. From then on, she was inspired to write Historical Fantasy.

She has spent many lessons promoting literature and the merits of ancient history. Today, you will still find Luciana in the classroom, teaching ancient history and promoting literature. To keep up-to-date with her ramblings, ahem, that is meaningful discourse, subscribe to her mailing list at http://www.luccav.com.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading. Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about The Labyrinthine Journey? Or – if you did not yet read The Labyrinthine Journey – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – Luciana Cavallaro

Review: Search for the Golden Serpent

 

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Search for the Golden Serpent (Servant of the Gods, #1) by Luciana Cavallaro #BookReview @ClucianaLuciana

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

It’s not where he appears, it’s when.

What if you’re born during another time grew up in the 21st century and thrust back into the past? Confused? So is architect, Evan Chronis.

Evan drawn by screams ventures out to his backyard and sees blood trickling down the limestone steps. He steps off the veranda and finds himself in the days of great and marvellous power, a time when the gods ruled the universe.

To return to the 21st century life he longs for, he must risk his life in search of powerful, treasured relics older than the Holy Grail. But what he finds might be more than he expected.

Will Evan find the relics and return home or will he remain forever stuck in a world so different from his own?

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Myths & Legends > Greek & Roman
> Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales > Mythology
Books
> Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Myths & Legends > Greek & Roman
Series: Servant of the Gods, #1
Length: 426 pages
Release date: 2015-03-27

 

Teaser


… As he reached the rear, he glanced back at the well-lit patio. Blood drained from his face. A chill seeped into his bones.

‘When I came out that was not there.’

The vision became clearer the longer he stared. Hesitant, he took a step, wanting to go but at the same time not. Before he could take another, he rocketed backwards. His arms and legs flung out, swept into a maelstrom, engulfed in white light.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Evan Chronis, architect. He has strange and suffocating dreams – way too realistic for comfort. And how does he get his life back?

With Search for the Golden Serpent, Luciana Cavallaro has created a well-crafted suspense story that takes a modern architect into the past and/or mythology – against his will. It is a very compelling read that draws you close to Evan and his quest. Luciana Cavallaro introduces the characters with care, integrating them in the plot, you want to find a possibility to help Evan reach his goal. Evan is believable, determined, and has a strong sense of justice. As the journey begins, the story reaches a steady yet fast-paced flow. Be prepared for some complex characters, surprising events and revelations, and for an adventurous journey into Greek mythology. The author’s passion for history and writing shows – I had a great time reading. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

This is a book for you if you like mythology, fantasy stories with believable characters, and if you appreciate excellent story-telling.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳

 

About the author

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, likes to meander between contemporary life to the realms of mythology and history. Luciana has always been interested in Mythology and Ancient History but her passion wasn’t realised until seeing the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. From then on, she was inspired to write Historical Fantasy.

She has spent many lessons promoting literature and the merits of ancient history. Today, you will still find Luciana in the classroom, teaching ancient history and promoting literature. To keep up-to-date with her ramblings, ahem, that is meaningful discourse, subscribe to her mailing list at http://www.luccav.com.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Search for the Golden Serpent?  Or – if you did not yet read Search for the Golden Serpent – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – Luciana Cavallaro

 

Kima by A. H. Amin

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Christmas Eve 1928 gave birth to a yearly phenomenon in South Africa. A herd of false killer whales were found beached upon the shore. It has also given birth to the story of two young children who meet an old woman named Kima. Kima somehow knows why this has happened, but that’s not all she knows. The children, Alex and Alice, realize that there is more to this woman than what meets the eye, and ear. She will reveal to them a tale, a mysterious story she claims was passed on to her by a mythical Black Seagull.

Derived from both historic tales and figures, Kima is a fictional character portrayed in a way that makes her become real.

Genre(s): Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales
Series: n.a.
Length: 140 pages
Release date: 2016-11-03

 

Teaser


She gazed at the small child and she saw her feelings through the little girl’s gestures; it was the same way she had felt when she had looked at the birds earlier that day. Alice met the same eyes that were inspecting her. Noticing the odd way the old woman was looking at her, she stopped biting her nails.

‘It’s not your fault child’ the old woman said.

‘Don’t worry, Kima can tell.’


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Alice and Alex, two white children in South Africa. After more or less falling over false killer whales beached on the shore they meet Kima – a wise woman who tells them an unforgettable story.

With Kima, A. H. Amin has created a remarkable story of two children and a wise woman. Kima’s story, told to her by the Black Seagull, leaves an impression – not only on Alice and Alex; I could hear her voice in my mind. The tale of courageous allies and their endeavour to save the world is beautiful. It is a good read, drawing you close to Kima, Alice, Alex, and the tale. Respect for nature should be on our minds, listening instead of being indifferent. A. H. Amin was inspired by an article about suicide whales on the beaches of South Africa, he did some research on whales and learned that whales use the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate. ‘What if a magnetic field generated by a different source could influence and affect whales?’ Kima, Alice, and Alex are of sufficient depth – as well as believable. The story has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like mythology and folk tales, as well as nature and food for thought.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

A. H. Amin was born in Iraq, and he had lived most of his life in Kuwait. He studied dentistry in Emirates in his first years and then he continued in Egypt.

He had first came across to his talent when he had met a group of students in Emirates who were discussing the making of a movie. After seeing how his ideas had impressed them, he started to take a little interest in literature.

He started finally after he came up with the idea of a new fiction thriller book, Psychs, which was his first published book, after he received good criticism about his new idea.

At present he continues to write the Psychs’ series and planning for the next one.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Kima?  Or – if you did not yet read Kima – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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The Beast That Never Was by Caren J. Werlinger #RBRT

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Lise’s father is dead, and the life of plenty and freedom that she has known as the daughter of the King’s Huntsman is gone. She must now live a life of duty to her mother and sisters, helping them to cope in their altered circumstances. But where her mother would have her wed a childhood friend to secure their future, Lise knows that is not what she longs for.

When she meets a mysterious woman in the forest, Lise feels the stirrings of emotions she cannot give voice to, but with this woman, she doesn’t have to say anything—Senna knows.

Cursed, hunted, and feared, Senna has been forced to wander from place to place for more years than she cares to remember. She gave up hope long ago that there could ever be an end to her isolation.

Odd sightings in the forest—monsters of legend come to life, old enemies back from the past, fearsome beasts on the prowl—begin to frighten the people of Lise’s village. Somehow, all of these things are connected to Senna. As the villagers’ fear grows, so does their hatred.

Senna prepares to flee, accepting what has become her fate, but Lise isn’t ready to give up her one chance for happiness. Soon, only Lise stands between the villagers and the woman she has grown to love.

Genre(s): Fairy Tales, Mythology, Lesbian Fiction
Series: n.a.
Length: 211 pages
Release date: 2016-06-01

 

Teaser


“What happened? Did you hear anything?”

He shrugged. “Nothing. The horses were still standing harnessed to the trees. Looked like they might have spooked and run a bit, but were smart enough to stop before they broke a leg. We brought them down off the mountain. Achim looks like he’s aged ten years, though.”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to 18-year-old Lise. After her father’s death, the family struggles to earn a living by producing cheese.

With The Beast That Never Was, Caren J. Werlinger has created a wonderful fantasy story with a touch of romance. It is a very enjoyable and compelling read, drawing you in as you learn more about Lise and Senna. Caren J. Werlinger paints a clear picture of Lise’s mind while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Lise – a young woman with a sense of duty and justice, rebelling against her mother’s old-fashioned mind-scape. The characters are complex, believable with their flaws and virtues; the author’s care for each of them shows. As for the location – I imagined a Scandinavian landscape, perhaps due to the names. The story is very nicely woven and has a wonderful flow.

This is a book for you if you like mythology, urban fantasy, believable and often very likeable characters, and/or lesbian fiction.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳
Sexual content 😳 – 😡

 

About the author

Caren was raised in Ohio, the oldest of four children. Much of her childhood was spent reading every book she could get her hands on, and crafting her own stories. She was influenced by a diverse array of authors, including Rumer Godden, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Willa Cather, and the Brontë sisters. She has lived in Virginia for over twenty years where she practices physical therapy, teaches anatomy and lives with her partner and their canine fur-children. She began writing creatively again several years ago. Her first novel, Looking Through Windows, won a Debut Author award from the Golden Crown Literary Society in 2009. Since then, she has published eight more novels, winning multiple Rainbow Awards and a 2014 GCLS Award for In This Small Spot. Her latest release, Rising From the Ashes: The Chronicles of Caymin, is the first volume in The Dragonmage Saga.

Check out her blog: https://cjwerlinger.wordpress.com/

 

Connect with the author:

Amazon UK:  Buy link
Amazon US:  Buy link

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Beast That Never Was?  Or – if you did not yet read The Beast That Never Was – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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