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- Publication Date: April 20, 2012
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House of Thebes (The Bloodstone Saga Book 5) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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House of Thebes is actually a novella which takes place before the action of the Bloodstone Saga begins. This is the story of how Cadmus and Harmonia first became a couple. I have said this before, and I will say it again, Courtney Cole knows how to write soulmate stories. They are so good, and the chemistry between the two people in this story is almost palpable. During the Bloodstone Saga Harmonia and Cadmus have already been two parts of a whole for thousands of years. They didn't always know that as they were thrown into different lives throughout history over and over again, but in each life they managed to find one another. Other than the scenes when Macy meets Gavin in our modern world, in all of the other lives showcased in the series Harmonia and Cadmus are introduced already as a couple in the story. I absolutely love being able to see how the two of them come together in this story, especially when I already know how their story is going to turn out. They are going to face lots of heartache and difficulties, but they will also find their happily ever after. Knowing this makes the events of this short story even sweeter to read. I really enjoyed the bow and arrow incident at the very beginning. I don't often find myself chuckling when I read books. Usually it is more of a "that was funny" thought in my head. But in this story I was a chuckler. So many fun stories that showcased the magic of their relationship.
In addition to the main short story "House of Thebes" which focuses on the beginning of the Cadmus/Harmonia relationship, there are three other short stories that occur within the time frames of the main Bloodstone Saga. "At Morning's Light" is told by Hasani, the Cleopatra era incarnation of Cadmus. It is the day before he will eventually be killed in battle with Marc Antony, and it shows his feelings as he contemplates this and his love for Charmian. "Lies That Bind" is told by the character Ahmose, and it shows Macy and Gavin as they first spend time together the day after Macy meets Gavin at the deli. "Wicked Enchantment" is told by Eris, the evil immortal who causes Gavin/Cadmus to believe he is in love with her as she attempts to hurt Harmonia and trap Aphrodite and Harmonia for the Fates.
I enjoyed all of the bonus scenes that were included in this story. If I had to say something that binds all of these stories together it would be Cadmus. In my opinion these stories are his stories. I was able to learn to love him in a deeper way than I even did during the main series. In House of Thebes I was able to see his great humor, his bravery, his honor, and his confidence. He is dealing with the gods, and yet it would not be apparent that he is a mortal among the immortals because of his tremendous confidence. All four of the stories show different sides of his eternal love for Harmonia. "House of Thebes" is the beginning. Even as a mortal he was her protector. Love that! In "At Morning's Light" Hasani shows his great love for Charmian as he contemplates dying the next day. Even as this future looms over him Hasani is a protector to Charmian. "Lies That Bind" was another story of a beginning as it talks about Gavin and Macy, and it shows how Gavin's love for Macy develops quickly, and even in the beginning Ahmose could see that Gavin would do anything to protect Macy. "Wicked Enchantment" was interesting because it seemed to show Cadmus being pulled out of his love for Harmonia, but even in the midst of a powerful drug that made him believe he was in love with Eris, it is obvious that the overwhelming love he feels for Harmonia is pushing through, driving Eris crazy in the process. All of these stories add up to one conclusion for me: Cadmus is awesome! His love for Harmonia is amazing, eternal, and unbreakable. Loved it!
Even though the story of House of Thebes takes place before the action of the main series, I would suggest that you read the main series before picking up this novella. It makes it so much sweeter when you know how things end up. It was a gift to be able to revisit this story. I was reminded of the beautiful atmosphere of the Bloodstone Saga stories. Ancient Egypt, the Spiritlands of the Greek gods, the oceanside beauty of modern day America -- all of it is richly described. It made me want to pick up the main series again and re-read it to immerse myself in the scenes more. I highly recommend this novella as an amazing addition to this wonderful series of books!
The House of Thebes begins with Harmonia talking about her life in the Underworld with her daughter and Cadamus. She briefly talks about the trials she had to face to be where she is now and feels the need to tell how it began. So she does just that. It starts when Harmonia first lays eyes on Cadamus and how he is in his last leg of his servitude to Harmonia's father Aries. Their secret meetings and their falling in love to Cadamus being released and then to ruling as King and Queen of Thebes. It ends with Harmonia telling us about life, love, and promises.
I'm going to end this with my favorite quote of the book that's the perfect example of what I think Harmonia is trying to get across to all of us, life.
"Life us not a promise of constant bliss. Life is a chance. A chance to love, to try, to fail and to try again. Life is about living. If there is any message that you can take from my story, I hope its that."-Harmonia
So lets just do exactly that. Live life, read books, and try try try again!