Published by Createspace Independent Pub Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, New Adult
Source: eARC from Author
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.
I loved Trisha Wolfe’s Destiny’s Fire so much! As soon as I found out that this was going to be a companion novel I JUMPED at the chance to read it. Astarte’s Wrath is set in a completely different time period from Destiny’s fire so for a while, it was hard for me to picture it as a companion. I just thought of it as a standalone book really. And what a great book it is! I love Egypt, and I have to say Trisha Wolfe did such an awesome job with the historical aspects of everything. I really felt like I was transported not only to Egypt but also into the past. I loved it. The history nerd inside of me was squeeing the whole book.
Star is a cool chick. Plus throw in this forbidden love business and Trisha’s awesome romance writing abilities and I was completely hooked. Star comes from a long family line of guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs and rulers. And she becomes a guardian to a kind of swoon worthy guy. I liked Xarion. He was interesting. I appreciated that it was just a good ole fashioned romance. Sure it was completely forbidden, but it developed in a completely believable way and there was no pesky love triangle complicating things even further. I just loved the way it all played out.
I will say that it took me a little while to get into. At the start of the book, I was totally loving the world building and the historical aspect but I wasn’t as into the plot. I think that was because I was expecting it to be more of a sequel and it was pretty much a whole different kind of book. But then it started to pick up and really started to love the characters and the story.
All the while this romance was blooming, we also got to see Star grow. She seemed so real to me. She had internal struggles, she was darn fierce (I know I wouldn’t want to get in her way) and even in this one book you could see noticable growth in her from the start to the end. That is a testament to a good writer. I love reading Trisha’s books because I know that the plot will be great, the world building fascinating and flawless and the romance will be incredible. If you have not read a book by Trisha you are really missing out. It doesn’t matter whether you start with this book or with Destiny’s Fire. You can read them each by themselves, but trust me when I say you are going to want to read both of them!
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.
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