Astarte's Wrath by Trisha Wolfe
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.
Publishes in US: March 2nd 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: Author for review
Series? Yes. Kythan Guardians. The 1st is Destiny's Fire, and you can read my review here. Can be read as stand-alone though. No info on the next book yet.
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The historical aspects of the story were well done. It felt natural to the world building and as person that usually doesn't do historical fiction that is a very good thing.Liked how tough Star is and how she respects her position and takes it seriously but also knows when a fight is needed. She is a great main character to read about with her resolve, her skills, and how she questions what needs to be questioned. Her internal struggles and journey to growth was superb.
Love the glimpses of past with her and Xarion, as well as the moments they share together. The forbidden love is so steamy, I love it so much. There are def some moments that are for mature teens and adults only. But every second was like heaven. Trisha writes romance that leaves me swoony and with a smile on my face. But nothing is ever easy. Star has to make some choices that conflict her so much, and rightly so.
Pheonix is such a fun character. Sure he is brass, and he loves women... A lot of them... But that is all coming from the culture, where Star is the one that is different in not sleeping with others. And the brassness comes in handy when he and Star are bantering. He always adds a stress relieving laugh, which I think helps to ground Star.
The mystery of the Candra and the race is great, and kept me guessing what their motivations are and where they came from.
I couldn't believe the betrayal that is near the end. It made me want to cry, and I was right there with Star wanting to throttle the betrayer and the circumstances that led to the betrayal.
Wow. The ending was heartbreaking and perfect all wrapped into one. I love this world, and its characters, and I can't wait for more with Dez in the future. It was so neat to get a view of the sacrifices, love and warring that led to her story with Star.
“I would give up my crown if it meant finding a way to free you, Star.” He releases my hand. “But you have to want that freedom. Not fear it.”
Bottom Line: Beautifully written story filled with action and romance.
My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you think you could be happy being a guardian (technically a slave, but Star is happy with her duties although others are not)?