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I loved this spin on mythology. The characters were all very well written, Athena especially. Her sarcasm was probably my favorite part. Even though this is a romance story, it isn’t overbearing with the love elements. It happens gradually making for a very amusing read from start to finish. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good adventure novel with a bit of romance on the side.
In the original story, Daedalus, an inventor, angers King Minos and has to get his butt out of Crete. So he invents a pair of wings which contain wax. He tells his son, Icarus, to fly at a 'middle height'; not too close to the sea or his wings will become damp and heavy and he will plunge into it and not to high otherwise the sun will melt the wax. Well, Icarus is the typical boneheaded kid and gets cocky, flies too high, the sun melts the wax on his wings and he plummets to his death in the sea. Later Daedalus builds a temple to the sun god, Apollo.
Well, Moors puts a twist in the story and it turns out Apollo holds a grudge against Icarus' arrogance, as does his sister Artemis, goddess of the moon. He is forced to suffer a set of wings that pop out of and back into his body in a painful process. What makes them POP? That's part of the fun of the story so you'll have to read it! Anyway, poor Icarus wanders around Hades for a few millennia but then is given a 'Second Chance', is sprung from Hades and lands in the 21st century. After that things get very interesting. But nobody likes spoilers and when I review I avoid synopses. You can go to Amazon for that, so let's talk about the book and the writing.
Moors' prose is clean, clear and direct. It is especially fun to see how the ancient Greek gods, Apollo, Athena and Artemis deal with life in our century. The characters develop. And for those of you who have followed my blogs, you will know that I believe it is not plot or character alone that drive a story but rather character development. Character development not only drives a story but is a mark of good writing. And it isn't only the gods that grow but also Icarus and a young lady and bookstore owner in Devon, CT by the name of Eve.
Which means there is some romance too. Now I am not an aficionado of Romance, but I know it when I see it. And the romance is fun. As a matter of full disclosure, while I do not read romance I'm a Hallmark movie addict. So when I say there is some romance in this tale I think I know what I'm talking about!
If I had one quibble with the storyline it is that I would like Icarus (aka Russ) and Eve to have found themselves in one more really bad jam. But I won't quibble. I'll just tell you to buy the book.
Oh, and I should say that Icarus Rising is the first book in the Second Chances series. I like second chances, as is evidenced by my own fantasies, written under the name Ajax Minor, and the next book will have a protagonist that is especially near and dear to me. So enjoy Icarus and save some room for Book Two!
After his time of atonement, Icarus is permitted to live amongst the humans. Albeit his freedom is not without further penances (like retaining his concealed wings). After receiving a bit of help, he appears to find the ideal situation and a lady friend as well. Their relationship develops in a caring and believable way. Even after learning many of his secrets, Eve is committed to him.
However, all things are never as they appear and Apollo and Artemis interrupt their happiness. After their reappearance, Eve and Russ (Icarus) must complete a difficult quest. Through that adventure, their connection deepens and the story truly unfolds.
This was a magnificent and well-told tale with a little bit of everything. Hopefully, it will not be the end of their journey!
Upon his return Icarus meets Eve Gregory who offers him a room to rent where the two form a relationship. Eve soon finds herself discovering Icarus’s secrets and becoming involved with him requires her to help complete a quest for Zeus.
I was a bit back and forth on Icarus Rising. The story is one that I tend to enjoy with making up a fictional tale based on mythology and characters we’ve all heard about before when it comes to the Gods and the legends surrounding them. But this one also seemed a bit rushed through when you consider how quickly Icarus and Eve became involved and set out on their quest. Found it a bit hard to really become fully invested in the characters and story with it being a shorter read with so much going on.
Overall, even with a few hesitations with this one it was still an enjoyable read based on mythology with the Greek gods and goddesses.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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An interesting spin on the tale of Icarus. Romantic and sweet romance. A shame the dialogue sounded forced.