Some Shades are honourable?

Shade of Honor Book Cover Shade of Honor
(Standard of Honor Series Book 1
Taki Drake, TS Paul
Russian, Fairytale, Mythology
Kindle

Bereft of their elders in magic, hired out to strangers to feed their families. Survival was a constant battle for the Russian Witches. Despised by other witches for their rigid focus on contracts, they were without a moral compass, honorless. That was not good enough for some. For the young witch, Zhanna, life was not worth living without honor – or her magic. Could she find both in her homeland? Would her desire and drive be enough to locate her shade of honor?

This is a story set in the Federal Witch Multiverse. And is set in Russia after the elder witches had been killed.

It didn’t capture my imagination and thus I didn’t complete it.  It might appeal to a YA as the heroine is 17 and has a familiar – a very nice cat but…

 

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The (Mis)Adventures of Queen Abby

Out of... Book Cover Out of...
The Goddess Chronicles
SE Babin
paranormal, mythology, romance
Kindle

A new day. A new boss. A new job that may not be all it's cracked up to be.

Hades has given Abby what appears to be an easy task. Wrangle his errant wife Persephone back to the Underworld. No problem, right?

When Abby finally finds her, things don't go well. Persephone isn't happy to see her, nor is she willing to even entertain the possibility of going back to the Underworld. She's found a mortal and is determined to get him down the aisle. Considering Persephone is already married to Hades, there's something not quite right upstairs with her.

As wedding bells grow closer for Persephone and her unsuspecting mortal groom, Abby begins to wonder what Hades sees in this wretch of a girl and why she's even bothering to try to bring her back home.

But as with most things involving Olympus, things are not always as they seem. Much to Abby's chagrin, it's not just Olympus getting involved this time. Join Abby and her friends for the wedding of the century, complete with bad bridesmaid dresses, paranormal drama, and cake testing. By the end of it, someone is either going to be married...or dead.

Book 1 in this series – new to me – didn’t quite convince me, but it was light and breezy and all about gods and Olympus and I wasn’t going to quibble. The interesting thing I’ve found with series is that either improve as the author gets to know her trade and her characters better, or disintegrate as the author had one brilliant idea bt didn’t know how to follow it up.

This was the former. The books got better. And ended up a 4.5….

Book 2 improved in style and tension and left you with a cliff-hanger and unresolved situation, so you needed to sort it in book 3. As I read book 3 I journeyed through jealousy, magic, prophecies and epic quarrels and unrequited love. Nothing too small happens in these books. They are always epic happenings with un expected results! No real plan but Abby bumbles through and comes out ahead – just.

I do suspect that the author has been watching the TV programme Lucifer as her description fit him to a tee – apart from the singing and piano playing. Although one should suspect the good voice from the actor as he comes from Wales – a total Black Welsh.

And then we have the mystery of the daemon and is there a Heaven and a Christian God and if so, what about all the other mythic deities and their heavens. Can of Worms.. and a serious case of Google to find out just who these creatures are.

Well done SE Babin. You totally hooked me and you have done lots of research too on myths.

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I spy some myths

Demeter's Tablet & Templar Scrolls Book Cover Demeter's Tablet & Templar Scrolls
Nia Rivers #2 and #3
Jasmine Walt and Ines Johnson
#paranormal, romance, fantasy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition
(13 July 2017)

Nia and Loren go head-to-head with Ancient Greek gods in the next installment of this epic urban fantasy adventure series... Nia Rivers knows that immortality comes at a cost. So when she finds out that the Greek gods have devised a way to offer everlasting life to humans, she heads down to Athens to find out more about the mysterious cult of Demeter. What she doesn't expect to learn about is her own involvement in the rituals. With her bestie, Loren, by her side, Nia must determine if the Olympians are the righteous gods they proclaim to be, or the villians in this chapter of history. The broken heart she's still nursing from Zane's betrayal, and the conflicting feelings she has for Tres, aren't helping. But if Nia can't get her head in the game, the Titans will rise again, and the souls of all humans on Earth will be at risk...

Books 2 and 3 in the Ria stories take us even further into the realm of myth and folk-lore.

It seems that Ria is or at least has been, friends with the Greek Gods of Mount Olympus and King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table (which is now situated in Wales just so you know).

The advantage for the author of this series is that she can get Ria chasing after many mythical objects with many mythical characeters from all of the world’s folklore. The disadvantage for the reader is that the storyline is now basically the same – Ria meets some old friends she has largely forgotten, they need to hunt for a object, they go n a hunt, they encounter lots of problems with baddies, but in the end they find the object.

The same story with different characters. Formulaic. Such a pity. I downgraded the books after reading both to just about a 3. But this is the end of this series for me.

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No Dragons Involved

Dragon Bones Book Cover Dragon Bones
Nia Rivers #1
Jasmin Walt, Ines Johnson
urban fantasy, mythology, romance
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition
(9 May 2017)

omb Raider meets urban fantasy in this new, spine-tingling adventure series... Meet Nia Rivers: archaeologist, fashionista, and an ancient immortal with a serious memory problem. For the last couple of centuries, Nia has been trying to fill in the blanks of her past by shedding light on history's darkest stories. Her motto: the ugliest stories are the ones that deserve to be told the most. But when a mysterious woman comes forth with a two-thousand year old relic from Nia's past, Nia isn't sure if the story connected to it is one she wants told to the world. Unfortunately, Nia has no choice but to uncover the truth--fast--before a greedy land developer buries the site forever. The fact that he's also an immortal, with a millennia-old grudge against her, doesn't help. Neither do the dark assassins who have been stalking her for centuries, and who've suddenly decided to up their game to end her life. Letting her enemies have their way might be best for Nia, especially when the truth might expose a horrific crime from Nia's past. But all stories deserve to be told. Even the ugliest ones. Even if they say you might be a mass murderer.

Absolutely no Dragons  involved in this story but plenty of mythology come to life.

A Dragon Bone is, according to this novel, an ancient artefact with writing on it, usually fund in China. Often a shell and ground up for medecine.

it seems that there are – or were – 12 immortals ‘birthed’, possibly in the Garden of Eden but they are not quite sure. What they are certain of, is that they were born at different times and the oldest is 1 – as numbered on his back in Aramaic/Hebrew script.  Nia is number 9.

Nine, aka Nia, Nueve or other variants, is an archaeologist who is several thousand years old, but she is not sure as she forgets. She tells this story in the 1st person as she goes to China to find a Dragon Bone which seems to say something about her ancient history  and which she has forgotten. In fact she doesn’t remember ever visiting China in all her years on Earth.

I liked this fantasy story as it starts with a very different premise. The immortals are not Angels, fallen or otherwise. I will be following this series through.

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Accidentally a Goddess?

Accidentally Aphrodite Book Cover Accidentally Aphrodite
Accidentally #10
Dakota Cassidy
paranormal, mythology, romance, humour
Book Boutiques
January 26, 2016
250

"Sweet Baby Jesus in booty shorts! Thank you, Dakota Cassidy. I'd read the damn phone book if you wrote it!" New York Times bestselling author, Robyn Peterman. Dakota Cassidy, USA Today bestselling author of The Accidental Dragon, brings you a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy Accidentally Aphrodite, Book 10 in the Accidentally Paranormal series. Get swept away to Greece in this international romp where you'll meet a few Gods and Goddesses, and fall in love with Quinn Morris as she transforms from a heartbroken mess to the goddess of love. Mythology buff Quinn Morris has always wanted to visit Greece, where her inner hardcore romantic envisioned proposing to her boyfriend. And she's finally here--with her friend Ingrid. She might not have found love at the Parthenon, thanks to her cheating ex, but she has found big boobies...and swirly purple eyes...and sparkling skin. Oh, and Greek hottie Khristos, who claims to be descended from a goddess and swears Quinn's the new Aphrodite. With help from Khristos, and support from Ingrid's employers--Nina, Wanda, and Marty--Quinn has to learn all the tricks of the matchmaking trade, STAT, lest she has her new friend Cupid sticking arrows in all the wrong places. All while dealing with her man-hating mother, guarding her own heart from Khristos, and protecting herself from an invisible foe who might want to snatch Quinn's newfound powers from her--dead or alive. Content notes: fantasy, paranormal, romantic comedy, contemporary romance, deities, Gods & Goddesses, vacation romance, Greek vacation romance.

Aphrodite is the Goddess of Love and decides on who are True Mates and tells #Cupid where to shoot the arrow.

This is the 10th book in the series and clearly the author has run out of really good ideas of how the ‘Accident’ can happen, who to, and what the outcome will be.

I got the first 2 chapters as a Freebie in the Interview Book by Dakota and bought the book on the strength of them. But they were the only good parts – sorry Dakota. I failed to finish the book as it failed to raise even a snigger and seemed to lack action and story.

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