Series: Kythan Gardians
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Romance
A tragic love story.
Two thousand years before Dez Harkly developed her secret powers, Guardian Astarte was vowed to protect by the binds enslaving her to the Egyptian pharaohs. Discover the prophecy that originated from a very different time, and spans generations to link two very different girls.
This is the beginning.
Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarion her duty, he’s the son of Cleopatra, and he’s human. All of which makes their love forbidden.
But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar creeps into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythan free themselves of their servitude, and protecting her charge—the last pharaoh—while Egypt burns around her.
New Adult/Mature YA: sexual content, drinking, drugs, violence, language, death, and other mature content intended for readers 17 and older. Astarte's Wrath is a companion novel to Destiny's Fire, but can be read as a standalone novel.
*Digital copy provided by Trisha Wolfe for partaking in the blog tour and for an honest review*
Gorgeous cover, is it not? Just something that always happens to draw me into reading a novel is the cover. Yes, I am a judge-of-cover kind of girl. Yes, if I don't like the cover most likely I will not read the book. Horrible? Yes. Am I the only one? No. But what I happen to really like about Astarte's Wrath is the model: the way her hair fans out, how her eyes are closed and you can see the kohl eyeliner (though I feel like there could have been a thicker line to accent the Egyptian thematic that the cover holds), and the flawless lighting on the model. Pure beauty of a cover right there, folks. And it just looks so neat, photoshop did not come to mind when I first caught wind of this novel.
Now, I've read Trisha's previous novel, Destiny's Fire, and I can say that I absolutely love the way she builds her worlds. Egypt mythology and history just blows me away, so you must know that I am a fan of Rick Riordan's The Kane Chronicles as well as anything else Rick Riordan. I am also a fan of Trisha and her exquisite knack for building up tension within a gorgeously grounded and modeled novel universe.
Utterly astounding, knocked me off my feet a second time with this partaking novel to Destiny's Fire. And I just happened to adore that the two novels completely stand alone from one another but you still understand the links between the two, picking out the pieces that could fit together. Just made everything a little more interesting than it already was.
Star completely stood out for me while reading. I was so happy that she wasn't a two-dimensional character that would have blended in with the surrounding world built up. Trisha Wolfe had done a fantastic job showing the passion that Star was reaching outwards for (double entendre *winkwink*) as well as the internal struggle she had to work through. Star happened to be a character that you wanted to follow behind, to see what would happen next with her, what she would be thinking, how she would react, what she would end up saying. You just needed to know, there was no way you couldn't feed that need.
I just get so enveloped with my reading that when things take a spin, God, do I end up spinning along with it. All I can say is that the ending really caught be off guard. I was so happy when I was caught off guard, you know? Who likes to spoil themselves with what's going to happen. I guess I'd rather have the rug pulled out from under me rather than watching you pull it out from under me: the element of SURPRISE!
Final Summation: A fantastic apprenticeship to DESTINY'S FIRE, one that really amps the stakes and makes you want for the next book to be in the palm of your hands immediately. A read that really sucks you in. The world building has to be my favorite part of this whole book, my favorite factor in Wolfe's writing. Definitely a book worth picking up when you have the chance :)
First Line: Whenever the sky bleeds, covering the once-blue pallet with crimson, I know the Narcolym Guardians are waging a battle.
Tuff Girl Legion Presents Astarte’s Wrath
Sneak Peek: Bath Scene from Xarion’s POV
Star narrows her eyes at me, her full, bottom lip puckering out the way it does when she’s in serious thought—and though I’m listening to her words, all I want to do is trap that bottom lip between my teeth. Nip it and caress it with my tongue.
“I knew you’d say that,” she says. “And that is precisely why I didn’t want you to know.” She raises her hand from my chest and swipes the wet hair from my forehead. Her body subtly moves against me with this action, and it drives me wild. “A possible retaliation by the guardians is just one more weighted burden on top of the many you already carry. You don’t need the added strain. Let me deal with Candra and the Kythan. They’re my kindred. As long as I’m their equal—in both power and status—I can protect you.”
This woman—the woman I’ve loved my entire life—is my protector. She not only guards against physical threats, but watches over my mental wellbeing. But I cannot allow her to carry all my problems alone anymore. I want to be her guardian, to be the one to comfort her when she’s fearful, and protect her against this world.
I tilt my head and suck in a deep breath. “This is why you won’t be with me.” I want her to admit it. If she finally confesses that our titles and her battle with the right course of action have been the only reasons for her kept affections, then by Gods…help me from laying her out on this tile and taking her—making her mine. I won’t stop.
“This is the only reason.” She nods again, and that is all the conformation I need. “Then I refuse to let them keep us apart for one more moment.” I grasp her face between my hands and claim her lips with mine.
Her lips are soft and warm as I achingly coax them into a fevered kiss, unable to hold back my desire for her. I had planned for our first kiss many times, imagined it over and over. The way I would caress her lips slowly and lovingly, conveying my affections. But every emotion I have ever felt for Star rushes to the surface all at once, and I can’t slow. I won’t. I won’t allow her a moment to question our actions, to reconsider us. I’m going to kiss her senseless—kiss the reason right out of her infuriatingly rational head.
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Trisha Wolfe is the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), the NA Historical/Supernatural ASTARTE'S WRATH, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. Her NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.
She’s the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies. Check out www.TrishaWolfe.com for more on her books and bonus material. Follow Trisha on Twitter @TrishWolfe and like her Facebook page for updates.