Sunday, June 9, 2013

Of Silver and Beasts (Goddess Wars #1) by Trisha Wolfe

In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it, but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.

When nineteen-year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress. In the midst of an invasion on a neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where they must fight for their life in a caged arena.

Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him and herself alive while battling inhumanly opponents, and trying to save the stolen, sacred relic that will restore her empress’s life force and all of Cavan. And if she can somehow awaken the goddess within her, she may save what’s most important.

New Adult Dark Fantasy: Intended for readers 17 years of age and older.

First line:
 The mercury in my blood nearly boils.
Digital copy received from author -- THANK YOU!!!
5 stars out of 5
Of Silver and Beasts grabbed my attention and ran with it. I absolutely loved it!!! The only thing I disliked was that there were so many similar names: Prince Caben and the country Caven; Kai, Kade, and Kal. It was so confusing, because I kept mixing them up.

How many have you read set in a female-dominated society? Not many, I bet. In the country of Caven,  not only does a woman rule, but the women are the sole protectors of the family. Only a woman can achieve the highest position in the army. Being in the Nactue Guard and joing the ranks of those who have protected the Empress for centuries is all Kaliope has dreamed of since her father forced her to enlist six years ago at the age of thirteen. She's astounded when she's chosen to be the new leader of the Nactue as the next generation moves in.

Kaliope struggles to assert herself and find her place as leader of her friends and comrades. She is seriously pissed when she's put on guard duty for spoiled Prince Caben who has recently escaped his war torn country. He wants to return home and fight. Kal tells him this is stupid because he'll end up dying like his father.

Then the same people that invaded Caben's country invade Caven. The entire Nactue guard is killed except for the few that are taken as war prisoners, including Kal and Caben. Now they must struggle to escape and learn what these strange people who worship the moon goddess are up to.

Kaliope is a strong lead character. She knows how to fight and protect herself, but she also knows the importance of family. She makes sure her mother is taken care of, especially since they both survived the abuse of Kal's father for years before he went mad.

The ending of Of Silver and Beasts is amazing and heartbreaking. I can't wait to read the sequel!!! This is definitely a fantasy, sci-fi must-read!!

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