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Goddess By Mistake Paperback – August 28, 2001

4.2 out of 5 stars 197 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in the Partholon Series

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An estate sale specializing in Oklahoma Gothic heralds high school teacher Shannon Parker's unwitting transformation into High Priestess of the Goddess Epona and transportation into an ancient Celtic world replete with divine intervention, shape-shifters, war and centaur romance. In Goddess by Mistake, P.C. Cast introduces modern woman Shannon into a mythic world with humor and verve.

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"Fantasy lovers . . . are going to have a great time with this book. A fun read." -- Christopher Moore, author of Bloodsucking Fiends -- a Love Story

"P.C. Cast introduces modern woman Shannon into a mythic world with humor and verve." -- Publishers Weekly on Goddess by Mistake --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Hawk Publishing Group (August 28, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930709323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930709324
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,552,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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P.C. Cast writes with heart and humor. I laughed out loud reading this and was fully involved in the story as it unfoleded. I bought DBM and DBC at the same time. You won't want to wait to find out what happen next either.

The Goddess Epona has BIG! plans for 35 year old high school English teacher Shannon Parker. She's about to get a promotion of supernatural perportions. A promotion which includes benifits like... Living in a fabulously beautiful Temple, having her every wish and want catered to, an amy of people who's only job is to see to her needs, and a handsome Centaur/Shaman/Shapeshifter, to warm her bed. As well as, the protection of a Godess

Job Description.... Be living Godess,and spiritual leader to thousands and a conduit for Epona's will. Not to mention putting personal desires aside for the good of the people as a whole.

Comlpications, to win all these fabulous prizes, Shannon is unwillingly transported to another world through magical means to take the place of her evil twin, who ruled through fear intimidation and the use of dark magic. Add to that the threat of a legion of purely evil creatures who's lifes goal is to rape, pilage, and cause complete and utter devestation. This was not a part of her teachers training, but Epona has choson Shannon to stand and face these challenges. Now all Shannon cand do is follow her heart and hold on tight to the world she has come to love.

Devine By Mistake is a reprint of Goddess By Mistake corrected and with updated pop culture refrences. it is the first book in the summoning series, and is also the first chapter in the story of Partholon and it's people.

In Order:

Devine By Mistake

Devine By Choice

Devine By Blood(September)

Elphame's Choice

Brighid's Quest

Other Great P.C. Books I've read and really enjoyed:

Goddess of the Sea(see my review)

Goddess of the Rose
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This is a fantastic stand alone novel. If you've enjoyed Cast's previous tales, or even if you've never read her, you'll find yourself drowning in the lush detail of her doppleganger world called Partholan. Here the Goddess Epona's (goddess of horses and warriors)incarnate or Beloved, a woman who rules in the goddess' stead, has decided to flee her responsibilties and continue her spoiled, somewhat evil life of indulgence. To this end she is able to cast a spell on a relic, send it to Oklahoma in our world and time, and trick her mirror immage, Shannon Parker, into taking her place.

Shannon wakes up in an entirely strange world with no clue what's expected of her. She's also engaged and about to be married any minute to a centaur, ClinFinton. But before you get any disgusting ideas like one other reviewer, Clan is High Shaman of the Centaurs and as is tradion can shape shift into human form, though it's quite painful. Due to a tragedy and a coming evil, Shannon (whom eveyone thinks is Rhiannon)and ClanFinton bond together quickly and fall in love. Which is good because they are up against a disease, self doubt, and an extremely evil and hard to kill enemy.

I won't ruin the surprise but the bad guys in this book are truly bad and make for a creepy but fulfilling enemy. And the love between ClanFinton and Rhiannon which you might think you would have trouble believing in, is actually extremely engaging. Cast takes her time with this story and weave's a tale well worth reading without rushing us off to any conclusions. I did happen to read this at the same time the follow up book Divine By Choice was coming out. As much as I adored this book and former Cast works, I don't think I will be reading the next book for fear of what happens in that to Rhiannon and ClanFinton's relationship. I prefer to remember them as they are in this one. Maybe my opinion will change in time, but for now I'll happily hold onto this book.
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Not much in the way of being a critic, all I can do is give you my opinion of the book and it's contents. First I should tell you that although I do read well I'm not easy to keep attentive. It takes some really good writing and plots to keep me interested in a story to the point of wanting to stop everything and read it.
In "Goddess by Mistake" you are served up a very humorous and fanciful story with plenty of adventure and romance to keep anyone interested, even me! The lead character "Shannon Parker" gets teleported into an alternate world were there are people that are "mirror" duplicates of folks she knows. They are however living in a far different world and are in far different circumstances. Shannon's "mirror" double "Rhiannon" has just pulled a switcheroo on her and has changed places with her forcing her to live in this mirror world. Rhiannon is the "chosen of Epona" the goddess of horses and warriors and in our world has no powers but Shannon now has all of hers. They are not identical in any way though with Rhiannon taking liberties with her male guards and just about any other male she wants. Her "Bitchy" attitude causes Shannon no end of trouble. Shannon on the other hand is caring and thoughtful, always thinking of everyone else before herself but indulging in her favorite past time, red wine. Well, OK so she does have another but only with one male, her new husband who she had to marry once she arrived in her new world. The only problem is, he's a Centaur! And he bites. LOL!
Shannon does grow quickly to love him deeply and he her but I don't want to ruin the story for you.
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