(OF WAR #4)
Lisa Beth Darling
File Size: 731 KB Publisher: Moon Mistress Publishing (November 24, 2012)
Buy link: AMAZON
Fantasy / Mythology / Paranormal Romance / Erotic
On the verge of manhood, Raven's rampage continues as he begins the difficult path to Acceptance by his fellow Olympians. Out to prove he's as good, if not better than, any of them he bests the Trials set before him by Hades and Poseidon. This isn't enough for him, in his quest to prove to his Father, Ares, that he is an Olympian Raven preys upon the Mortals below Olympus in a time of great weakness. Settling for nothing less than Chaos, he enlists the aid of his Uncle Apollo and pushes the Mortals to pure anarchy when a global financial crisis leaves the entire world destitute, in ruins, and at each other's throats. Ready to conquer his Trials, take his place at the Counsel Table, and bring Ares the glory Cernunnos once prophesized, only one thing stands in his way; the night his Mother fell down the stairs.
Alena, her body asleep in Ares' bed for four long years, is lost deep in the clutches of a never-ending dream induced by Morpheus. After years of living an illusion and becoming Morpheus Wife, Alena discovers his deception and struggles to escape her prison. Morpheus has no intentions of ever letting her go. He'll fight to the death to keep her.
Apollo, ever the Man Behind the Curtain, pulls Raven's strings like a true puppet master. It's far too late when Raven realizes all he's done to please his Father actually makes Ares look guilty of destroying the Mortal World. A little Chaos and a little Anarchy aren't enough for the Golden God, in his on-going quest to destroy Ares, Apollo sets a plague loose upon the Earth. A bio-chemical weapon stolen from the United States Government at Area 51, known commonly as Major Falls. By the time the Olympians discover what's going on twenty million people are dead with the number multiplying exponentially every day.
With only one option left to each of them, Raven and Alena turn to their unlikeliest of enemies-- Aphrodite and Apollo for help. One night in the bed of the Goddess of Love can be painful but one night in the bed of the Golden God can kill and destroy all that Ares and Alena have built and endured. To ensure that her beloved Husband and her Son are not put to death she may have no other choice.
Wow! Many words can describe how fantastic this 4th installment of the "Of War" series is. I was totally Spell Bound, the story captivated me from the first page, and the writing is so creative and brilliantly written that it kept me glued to the pages. All day small scene clips played over and over in my mind recalling and reminding me how intense, heart breaking, shocking, and on the edge of my seat thrilling the story was.
Though this story is a long novel, the drama is wicked with infuriating situations that will have you fuming towards some of the gods as the author shows us a side that is despicable, jealously motivated, and cruelly demented. At the same time the author shows the heroic side and will have you cheering the characters on in their revenge and conquests.
The connection between all the characters are electrifying and draw you in. The author does a fantastic job with the characters emotions of hate, love, lust, and deceit in a way that it felt so real world like. Going into this read my feelings towards Raven were bad and I had grown to hate him from the last book because of his devilish acts towards his mother but the author took his character that was great to hate and flipped his demeanor around to a semi-redeemable caring person towards others as he experienced the trials he had to go through to become an Olympian. He became heroic in his challenges as he rescued his half sister from the Fiery lake in the Underworld and as he killed the great sea monster in Poseidon sea.
The story's plot is intense and exciting showing how dedication and determination can over come some of the harshest situations. The erotic scenes are mind blowing especially when Raven is initiated into manhood. With a little help from the Olympian Gods the passion and desire will take you beyond no return so get ready for a sensory overload when the erotic escapades blast above the imagination.
Even though most of the story is intense and thrilling, there were sweet and tender moments that Raven's sister Rose captures as her actions touch your heart. I loved how the author added a physical handicap disadvantage to the story because it showed even though physically someone might not be as strong but mentally they far exceeded everyone else's abilities making the ones not handicap the ones lacking in substance as a person.
Overall, it was fantastic to read more about Ares and Alena and to see their love tried and tested beyond extremes. It was neat to see Raven grow into maturity even though he caused devastation on earth which by the way was another great accomplishment the author portrayed by bringing in similar current events into the story. Most important, it was great to read the awesome drama between the Gods Apollo, Hades, Poseidon, Zeus, Hera, Athena, Aphrodite, and the Nymphs.
I totally look forward to the next installment in the Of War Series to find out what happens to Ares and Raven down on earth, will they fix all the chaos Raven caused? What will happen to Alena and Rose now that they are back on Ares island, will the deadly plague overtake the world to include even the Olympians? Will Raven take out his half brother Hunter? What about Raven's relationship with Aphrodite - will there be any true feelings come between them? I'm dying to know what other scheme Apollo and Zeus come up with to make things more dramatizing for Ares and Raven? Finally, will the fae heritage come to the forefront now that Raven knows who he is or will being a God wipe out that part of him; and will Rose's powers exceed even Zeus powers?