Hi guys, first and foremost I want to apologize AGAIN for not being able to put out any new review in the last month or so. I am terribly busy at the moment with my regular job and everything else got pushed aside. The situation is not likely to improve either… Anyway, I wanted at the very least to review a book that I finished ages ago and I was supposed to write about a long time ago. I feel kind of bad for the delay, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
So, the book of today is entitled The Goddess’s Choice and was written by Jamie Marchant, an indie author who certainly deserves attention (here is her website if you want to know more: http://jamie-marchant.blogspot.co.il/). Since my time is somewhat limited, let me cut the chase and get straight to the point: yes I think you should read this book, I personally enjoyed it and I certainly would recommend it.
The settings are your standard fantasy kingdom with the usual unpronounceable name (I don’t know what it is, but most fantasy writers seem to try really hard to find the most ridiculous names for their settings). This kingdom has a fair ruler and an extra evil noble lord, who wants – you guess it – to take over the world (well actually only the kingdom J). So, the story is pretty straightforward: our heroes need to save the day and defeat the evil man, who is corrupting the king and scheming to take the throne. The heroes in question are a rebellious princess, Samantha, and Robbie, a half-blooded foreigner, brought up by a farmer in the distant countryside. Robbie has magical powers (he can heal people and animals), but is a very sour character, because is hated and abused by everybody, including his father. The two main characters fall in love during a summer fair and then meet again at the very end of the story. So, you can rejoice if were looking for the lure of a forbidden romance between a princess and a commoner.
In conclusion, this novel, albeit not being the new Lord of the Ring, which, let’s face it, is not going to come out soon, is nonetheless a valiant effort. Occasionally I was put out by the mono-dimensionality of the main characters, especially Robbie, but it was never too bad and also they are supposed to be teenagers, so I can excuse their immaturity. On the pro side, the book is well written and very readable: it sucked me in and kept me interested enough, that I stuck with it till the end. I believe that fantasy lovers will definitely enjoy The Goddess’s choice and for the price it is sold ($3.49 on amazon’s kindle) is a steal.
** I received a copy of this book for my blog in exchange of an honest review **