- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 56 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Ever-Sea Press
- Audible.com Release Date: August 27, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00N33S8ZK
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Artemis Rising Audiobook – Unabridged
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Lasota does a capable job of bringing the setting to life, but as more and more myths are layered into the story, it begins to slow down, especially as there is no clear connection between the different myths (I was hoping this would be resolved at the end, but it never was). There are also some plot developments that, frankly, depend on major coincidence and were difficult to accept. The resolution depends, in an unsatisfying way, on the reader both believing the power of myth and somehow rejecting the myths.
It's a beautiful book, though often too slow moving. It's just too hampered by the mythological structure the author decided to build the story around.
This is a stand alone novel. I wish there were more!
Listening to this book was an amazing experience! The narrator has an incredibly expressive voice and is extremely talented at voice acting. I felt like I WAS Eva and not just witness to her trials and tribations. I would definitely both listen to more work by this amazing narrator and read or listen to more books by this inventive and talented author! I hope they work together again in the future as they do so well together :)
Eva has been raised to dedicate herself to Artemis as Arethusa just as her mother did before her. To become the myth personified in service to the Moon. The Goddess sends her a warning though her mother received a different vision. Which is the true vision? Should she continue on the path her mother laid before her or follow her instincts and find her own way? Is the way of the Goddess the right way? Does she even have a choice anymore?
Diogo is rich and spoiled and used to getting everything he wants. Except from his cruel and forbidding father. Eva intrigues him and he wants her for his own. At first he is merely trying to protect her. To woo her. But after he is maimed in her defense by his father something overtakes him. She becomes his obsession. Will he win? Will he own her in the end? Or will his twisted drives destroy them both?
Tristao has never know a father's love or a mother's kindness. He sees something in Arethusa that he has been waiting for his whole life... Hope. Finding her and rescuing her seems to be Fate. Is she the answer to his prayers? The girl who will share his life and give him the love he missed as a child? Will she help him get rid of his anger at his father's disinterest and abandonment? At the mysterious absence of his mother. Will she make him into something other than the favored oldest orphan?
***This book is suitable for mature young adult through adult readers who enjoy stories of the Old Gods filled with mystery, intrigue, Myth, action, adventure, supernatural forces, magic, mayhem and horror but, most of all, romance and the search for truth and true love despite Destiny or Fate :)
The idea of a myth completely dominating the choices a person makes rubbed me the wrong way. Even in the historical setting, I felt it was far-fetched to think a girl would base her life around a myth her mother told her. Also, why wouldn't you choose a happier myth if you were going to chain your child to a preconceived destiny?
At first, I thought this was going to be too much about religious superstition, but a couple characters redeemed that angle of the story.
I felt that Tristao (Tristan) carried the story. He was an admirable character even though he was an orphan who had been raised with no expectation of a future. Eva (Arethusa) was too easily pulled into the myth of her mother's beliefs. She didn't have a mind of her own, except to fight the so-called "destiny" she was willing to admit came with her identity. Then why fight it? That angle made very little sense to me. It made her seem contradictory.
The story was well-paced. The various "dream" or "vision" segments always confused me and threw me out of the make-believe world. It wasn't obvious until the end that they happened solely inside her mind. Since Alpheus showed up unexpectedly to chase her in her waking life, I always wondered if this was a vision or really happening.
By the 75 percent mark, I wanted to read on to finish the story. It wrapped up rather quickly, but still satisfied most of the questions. I will read more by this author. Her writing was captivating.
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I love this take on Greek mythology.