Monday, February 4, 2013

ARC REVIEW: Women of War by Lisa Beth Darling

Women of War (Of War #5)
Lisa Beth Darling
ebook, 192 pages
Expected publication: February 14th 2013
Moon Mistress Publishing
GENRE:  Paranormal Romance / Fantasy / Erotic
Source: ARC provided by Author for honest review
REVIEWER:  Ronda Tutt

Venture on a Mystical Journey through Time and Secrets Past

This story spans four generations of women in Alena's family from her great-grandmother, Shar Draíocht the last known Queen of the Dark Kingdom. Morrowind, her tortured daughter. Maven, Alena's free spirited mother. And ends the night Alena washed up on Ares' shore. With intensity, lust, fear, and strength these Women of War make their way in the world revealing the hidden truths of the past and Ares true connection to his beloved Wife, Alena.


Spectacular Step Back Into Time!

Lisa Beth Darling’s writing is phenomenal in this flash back of time.  The reader is whisked away into a visionary insight of a past full of war, passion, deceit, and revenge. 

Throughout the Of War Series the reader got small glimpses of hushed hidden secrets into Alena’s history and as a curious reader I always wanted to know more about her Fae heritage.  In this beautiful story the author scans back to the beginning of time to the very first making of the fae existence.  I found this part of the story between Rhea (Kronos, the Titan Ruler’s Wife) and Theron amazingly romantic and magical because of this scene:

“Theron made love to Rhea.  When their bodies joined it brought about such ecstasy that when their combined climax washed upon the forest floor two Fae sprang up from the ground.”

The magical love between the two is blissful but all great things come to an end especially when you’re caught and hence forth come the rage of hatred, evilness, and revenge that Kronos and the Gods hereafter cursed upon all Fae.
The evilness is graphically explicit and will have you cringing and in awe. The acts between the characters is stunning and the connection between each one is so heartfelt and full of an emotion that bleeds over into your own soul filling you with sorrow and causing you to hate the Gods as well.

Ares of course is his same sexy and cunning self.  I love him because he seems to be in his own world loving the game of war as he kicks ass and takes name and of course has his fill of spoils of war with lots of blazing sexual pleasure.  Warning!  The erotic scenes are very graphic, so intense, and may be shocking to those of a weak mind.  But what I really like about Ares is that he is not only rebellious in his actions but it is like he lives to defy his father Zeus at every turn and constantly stays outcast from Olympus. 

I love how the author gives a different insight on how the lives of the Gods are – totally not the awed and sweet gods someone would expect – no the reader will see the savagery, spitefulness, and grossest sexual side of their mannerisms. 

Though the gods have their in humane ways so do the other echelons like the difference between the Fae and the Fey.  Yes there is a difference.  First there is the Fae (Dark Kingdom Fae) that live underground in the dark and are ruled by women where men are slaves and brutally treated and this is where Shar Draiocht (Queen) comes to the forefront in her escapade with Ares that produces Morrowind and sets the future of Alena into motion.. 
Second there is the Fey who lives in the Golden Lands where men and women are equal and they work side by side but what makes part of their lives in humane is that they sacrifice every 20 years a few of their daughters to the Celtic Horn God Cernunnos oblivious to the cruel and satanic acts of evil he puts them through.  But with the insanity from Morrowind’s mind throws a wrench into the Horn Gods plans – Hence comes forth Maven – a real sexually wild spirit but head strong, wise, and fearless.

The story’s madness is breath taking but in between love is in the air though short lived as Maven meets Norman MacLeod (Celt Warrior) and produces Magdalena (Maggie / Alena).  Alena’s young life experiences is shocking between meeting Diana (Artemis) and witnessing her death, meeting and living with her high society father and rejection from his family, being prepared to be Cernunnos bride and having a chasity belt put on; being rescued by the God of Love Eros but heinously tortured by Apollo and finally ending up on the shoes of Ares Island.

In the end, as a reader I am speechless and amazed how glued I was to this fast paced read.  The story is Totally Addicting to the drama and action that is mind blowing.  I highly recommend this whole Of War Series to all Paranormal Erotic Romance and Fantasy lovers.  Excellent Read!

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