Thursday 27 November 2014

Mortal Gods (Forgotten Pantheon #1) by Alex Manea: Giveaway + Review


Mortal Gods (Forgotten Pantheon #1)
by Alex Manea

Genre: Urban Fantasy 

Number of pages: 183
Cover Artist: Ovidiu Stanciu

Heather, a young American girl, is visiting her college roommate, who now lives in Rome. While partying in a local nightclub, she's picked up by a man who looks like he was created in the image of a Greek god. Her initial impression is correct.

He’s one of the last surviving members of the Greek pantheon. After hooking up with him, Heather is forced to join the culmination of a two-millennium-long war between that pantheon and a clandestine sect of monks within the Catholic Church, itself led by perhaps the most infamous figure in Christian history.

Heather and Apollo embark on a world-spanning effort to collect what remains of the gods to engage in the final battle with the monks opposing them. But the fate of the battle is changed by the intervention of a mysterious military organization…

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About the Author
Alex Manea is a Romanian journalist and writer, author of the Urban Fantasy novel Mortal Gods, the first book of the Forgotten Pantheon series. Alex is a big mythology buff, especially Greek, this being the source of inspiration behind the novel. Alex is currently working on the second novel of the series.


4 out of 5 stars
Mortal Gods is the story of Heather, a young woman who is thrown into the world of the Greek gods and is inadvertently caught in the middle of an age-old war.

I'm a sucker for any story that is based on mythology. My favorite stories, however, are ones that blend the old with the new. In Mortal Gods, I felt the author did an excellent job of incorporating the old gods we know and love into the present day. From their descriptions to their personalities, all of the characters were great. Heather herself was a good female lead, something I was worried about, I admit, with the author being male.

The storyline was creative, the story itself fast-paced and full of action, and the author's writing descriptive and clear. My only wish is that it had been longer. At novella length, I wanted more to the story, which is a good thing! This is definitely a promising start to a new series.

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