Not even the god of gods could command my heart not to love…
In Ancient Greece, the goddess Artemis was venerated as a maiden huntress, swift with her bow and arrows, and eternally chaste. But could there be more to her story? Perhaps Lady Artemis had envisioned quite a different destiny than the one her father, Zeus, had chosen for her. What if she hadn’t merely pined after the giant huntsman, Orion, but had secretly partaken of a forbidden romance with him?
From prolific fantasy writer C.K. Brooke comes an original divine novel, in which Artemis’s classic myths are retold as never before, in her own voice, as the young goddess sets the record straight and reveals the true account of her immortal life – and love.
C.K. Brooke is an Amazon bestselling author of over a dozen romantic fantasy adventure novels and novellas for 48fourteen, Limitless Publishing, and Elphame Press. Her debut novel, The Duchess Quest, was selected as a Shelf Unbound Notable Indie Book of 2015 and received five stars from Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews & Awards Contest. She lives in Washington, Michigan with her husband and young son. Visit CKBrooke.com and subscribe to her V.I.P. Club receive a FREE eBook download of The Last Empress: A Jordinia Prequel Novella!
Quick Reasons: new and intriguing subject matter for C.K. Brooke!; complex, well-rounded characters; LOVE the mythology; interesting experiment in a different type of writing; this read a bit like a diary; I was SO ANGRY…and then the ending happened, and everything was better
Huge thanks to C.K. Brooke, Elphame Press, and YA Bound Book Tours for sending me a free digital copy of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
This was a different sort of read from C.K. Brooke. Of course, this doesn’t mean EVERYTHING was different–the characters, particularly Artemis, were still super snarky, independent, and well-rounded. In fact, I ADORE how strong-willed Artemis is throughout this entire read–she doesn’t bow down to anyone’s wishes, but instead charges full-speed toward what she wants. There are so many awesome moments woven throughout this journey that prove women don’t HAVE to be meek and mild; we can, and should, forge our own paths and create our own rules.
The plot is fast-paced, though a little bit weird in places. I felt like this read more as a “diary” format than as a linear story, though the sequence of events IS in order. There was something a little weird about C.K. Brooke’s writing in this particular book–I’m not sure if she was trying something different, or what, but it felt a bit more stiff than her usual work. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though–it gave this read a more subdued, darker tone and atmosphere, which really worked with the mythologies C.K. Brooke drew inspiration from.
I will be honest: this book made me SUPER angry. Of course, I wasn’t well-versed in Artemis’s story to begin with, so the things that angered me are probably well-known and unsurprising. Those bits of the story, though… Several times I felt like throwing my Kindle out the window and screaming my heartache to the winds, because goodness, those moments hurt! Just be warned, penguins–I won’t go into TOO many details, because spoilers, but this book is bound to hurt you at least three times. At least.
I am always super impressed with C.K. Brooke’s world-building and character creations, and this title is no exception! While some of the plot points made me angry (because GRRRRR!), the read was filled with new material (for C.K. Brooke in terms of writing, and for me as well in terms of mythologies). I really enjoyed breaking the mold with this read, and recommend to lovers of Greek mythology, strong-willed women, and slightly tragic journeys. Put down your skirts and take a walk through the stars, penguins; with this book, the mountains will feel like home.