Echoes of the Gods Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B0783Q3QNP
- Publisher : Gaia Sol (November 9, 2017)
- Publication date : November 9, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 704 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 316 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,898,166 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The plot unfolds in a rather episodic manner, as Yngvi and Shara travel from one realm to another. Each stop along the journey brings them closer to the truth of what's really going on, and we get to know more and more about them. Yngvi seems true to at least the popular depiction of Norse warriors. Shara is a bit more of a mystery, but still seems like a fully developed character.
While the writing is quite vivid, that episodic nature of the plot makes for a quite measured pace. In other words, it was a rather slow read. On top of that I didn't find either of the main characters all that likable. They both come across as angsty teenagers who can't say what they feel. In the end, while the concept and writing were quite interesting, the book just didn't appeal to me.
This is the author's first novel, so I think she is finding her voice. The ideas were fantastic. The writing was really good for a first novel, and I'm sure it will be even better in her next book, if there is one.
The main plot takes the two charismatic protagonists on a journey across dimensions that are both familiar and foreign, delighting with fresh discoveries and unexpected twists. At the same time, there is a fascinating secondary thread that delves into the mystery of who exactly Shara is... which not even he knows at the outset. And then of course there is the delectable romance that blossoms between Shara and Yngvi, which they both struggle with for different reasons – none of which have to do with the fact that they are of the same gender, which makes this a rare treat amongst same-sex romances that usually end up focusing in one way or another on internal or external homophobia. Instead, the characters' emotional development is given the reins and allowed to take both them and the reader down new, unbeaten paths. Finally, the writing is smooth and tight, with well-considered words and lovely turns of phrase that are a pleasure to read in themselves, without getting in the way of the story.
TL;DR: An epic story of love and adventure, grand battles, personal discovery, steamy encounters, and the fate of the entire universe. Anyone who likes AU’s, classical mythology, science fiction/fantasy, or just a good sword-fight (pun intended) can’t go wrong here.
That being said, this is a must-read for any lovers of mythology, adventure and/or a good romance. If I had to use one word to describe this novel it would be: epic. From the grandiose "save the universe" adventure to the deeply passionate relationship between the protagonists, there is so much about this book that kept me turning the pages. This book is more than a romance, more than steamy sex scenes and passionate kisses. It is more than a dump of mythology information, and more than a puzzle to be solved or an adventure to be had. This book has a great balance of all of this, never leaning so heavily towards one aspect that the other elements of the plot are forgotten.
Gaia Sol obviously has an extensive knowledge of mythology as it shows in the book. It was so easy to get pulled into this world despite not knowing very much about Norse, Greek, or Egyptian mythology myself. This shows a talent of the author in their use of vivid descriptions to bring the settings and characters to life in a way I've seen very few authors do. The grandiose language doesn't draw from the story at all, but rather added to my experience and made it nearly impossible to put the book down. The more I read, the more I wanted to read. The dialogue is witty, flows well, and really endears you to the characters who speak it.
My favourite aspect of this novel was the almost palpable intimacy of the story - both between the protagonists as well as between them and the reader. We get to see the quiet moments they share, and we learn their innermost thoughts and desires. I loved seeing their relationship blossom, to see firsthand their dedication to each other and their mission. I loved that they weren't afraid to show every part of themselves to the other. The characters have this vulnerability to them that keeps you rooting for them as you read.
After reading this book, I'm excited to see what else Gaia Sol creates. This is a novel you won't soon forget after reading, and one you will be forever glad you decided to read.