Sunday, November 26, 2017

Book Review: Echoes of the Gods by Gaia Sol

Book Review: Echoes of the Gods 

by Gaia Sol

Echoes of the Gods by Gaia Sol

Peace reigns in Midgard and with no wars to fight, Yngvi, soldier and fancy-free charmer, craves danger, excitement and adventure. He finds all that and more in a mysterious stranger whose arrival in Midgard coincides with an unexpected attack on Asgard’s pantheon by the fiendish armies of Loki, renegade god of the Underworld.

Shara has pursued a killer to Midgard and can’t afford to be distracted by the charismatic Yngvi, not when the fugitive has eluded him twice already. But Yngvi is like no one Shara’s ever met—annoyingly tenacious, but also brave, loyal and inconveniently attractive. A single night together shouldn’t change anything. But it changes everything, and Shara finds himself giving Yngvi his body, his trust and much more.

Caught in the riptide of Shara's shocking secrets, Yngvi joins him on a quest for vengeance that takes them across the stars, onto new worlds and into battles with gods, monsters and their own unfamiliar, conflicting feelings. Disloyalty breeds distrust, threatening to destroy their new, fragile bond, but they must each choose between heart and life when they finally uncover the startling past that will change the future.

Length: ~320 pages. 80K words

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4.5 Stars!!!

Echoes of the Gods is Gaia Sol's debut novel and let me tell you, if this is the start of her writing career, I can't wait to find out what she'll be able to write once she has a few more books under her belt. 

The story blends Babylonian, Norse, Egyptian and Greek mythology with a complex plot, engaging characters and vivid imagery that were completely enthralling. The action scenes were well-thought out and delivered and there were a lot of twists and turns that kept me at the edge of my seat until the very last moment. 

I love Shara, he was a delightful character, strong, loyal and a bit innocent in certain ways. I liked Yngvi, even if I did want to clobber some sense into him some times, but he certainly made up for it near the end. I could've done without the MF or the orgy scenes, but I guess at least the first one served a purpose. There was a lot of chemistry between Shara and Yngvi, but I would've liked to see the physical part of it developed further than the first sex scene before they started their journey, and not just the emotional part. 

It was pretty neat to see how different and yet the same all the different realms and gods were represented. 

Overall, this was a fabulous read! Brilliantly written and detailed without turning overbearing, action-packed, fast-paced and interesting with a great cast of characters I couldn't get enough of. Highly recommendable! 

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

About the Author

Gaia Sol lives with her husband in Canada, where she works in technology, in the financial industry. Her pseudonym combines the Greek and Norse mythological equivalents of her real name and surname (she was very pleased when she came up with it).


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