Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Athena's Oracle: An Heirloom Vampyres Novella by J. D. Brown (An Ema Marx Novel, #0.5)

Athena's Oracle
An Heirloom Vampyres Novella 
by J.D. Brown

My rating: 5 stars

Series: An Ema Marx Novel 0.5
Publication Date: August 12, 2014
Publisher: Muse it Up
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Print Length: 176 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Her love was doomed from the start...

Leena’s ‘gift of sight’ secures her place as the next great oracle of Athena. Instead of being groomed for wifehood like other girls, Leena spends her days within the walls of the Acropolis, shuffled around by the clergy and doomed to be a virgin forever. Before her ascension, Leena decides to take matters into her own hands. With the help of her father’s book of alchemy, she casts an incantation calling forth her own personal hero. But when that hero turns out to be a rogue vampyre prince with a haunted past, Leena begins to question if her feelings for him are the work of divine intervention, or a love spell gone horribly wrong.

"Athena’s Oracle" is a prequel to the novels "Dark Heirloom" and "Dark Liaison", also by J.D. Brown. Set in 4th century B.C.E., "Athena’s Oracle" chronicles the romance between Leena and Jalmari during the very early trials of their immortal lives.

Athena's Oracle: An Heirloom Vampyres Novella (An Ema Marx Novel, #0.5)My Review
Athena's Oracle: An Heirloom Vampyres Novella by J. D. Brown

Imagine your life being all carved out for you, where you go, who you are with, what you do, and what your future will hold. For Leena, having the gift of “sight” has almost become a curse for her. Leena wants a normal life, she wants a husband, a family and freedom to be herself, but she is destined to become the next great Oracle. Using her father’s book of Alchemy, she finds her own hero, Jalmari, a vampire prince who has his own demons to deal with. Did Leena truly bring him forth or was Fate stirring the pot of love and unrest, once again?

Is Leena truly a kind and giving soul? Is Jalmari merely a product of his own heinous past that continues to haunt him minute by minute? Will these two find true love or will they find they may be asked to give the ultimate sacrifice?

Athena’s Oracle by J. D. Brown gives us the back story on two characters in her Ema Marx series that just may have more depth and goodness than we realized. When an author puts forth a prequel that so creatively ties up many dangling questions and allows us a different glimpse of two key players in her series, it make the series all that more real and engaging. J. D. Brown has, in just a few words, brought an entirely fascinating and heart-rending history of Jalmari and Leena to life in a remarkable way, while highlighting the fact that no matter the era, the circumstances or the beliefs, each generation wants to have a say in the path their life takes.

I received this copy from J. D. Brown in exchange for my honest review.

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