- File Size: 3959 KB
- Print Length: 185 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1520429649
- Publisher: Danny Estes (April 18, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 18, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JSQ5XHW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lady Athina (The Books of Athina Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Lady Athina is much more of an emotional ride than the previous tale. Even though he is in a woman’s body, Jim’s male mind is still infatuated with breasts and women so the very thought of marrying, and consummating said relationship, with a man makes the very heterosexual Jim balk. In fact, we learn that Jim would rather get naked with Renault, a female guard who is staying with Athina’s family since she saved Athina’s life, than with Wendell; the young man Athina was apparently smitten with many years before she was married off.
Jim struggles in this tale with the fact that he is not used to the frail female body he’s trapped in, but he also struggles in dealing with trauma from his former life. Dealing with flashbacks of his youth growing up in a household ruled by domestic violence, it is clear to see that his distaste for how Athina’s father treats her is founded in personal experience. There are some things that will translate no matter what sex you are.
In an attempt to flee marriage to Wendell, Jim/Athina finds himself/herself running from the safety of Athina’s father’s walls and out into the unknown world. Jim receives kindness from strangers who basically keep him alive long enough to be sucked into an enchanted forest and into the hands of the wizard who rules there. It is here that Jim reunites with Renault and discovers parts of himself he thought were long buried. With his newfound understanding of himself and his relationship to the body he now inhabits, Jim forges forth to write a new tale for Athina.
This installment in the Athina series is a refreshing change from the obsession with the female-form that the first had. Estes has a clearer grip on Jim as a person as he guides the story over more realistic emotional hurdles that the first book lacked. Picking up smoothly from where the first book ended, Lady Athina is a welcome tale of adventure and defiance that leaves readers begging for more.
Forcing Jim to face the very real possibility that Athina’s father will marry her off again was a great way to create tension not only between Chamberland and Athina, but Athina and Moreena as well. It only served to emphasize how alone in this situation Jim has truly been, especially when the Master Wizard who brought him to the land in the first place has been rather conspicuous in his absence. I found Jim’s dreams interesting as well, as if there is something within him that he has suppressed. I found myself longing for the moment when it would be revealed as I couldn’t help but feel as if it would add another awesome twist to the story.
Lord Wendell is hard to get a read on. I couldn’t decide whether to hope that Jim would allow him to court ‘Athina’ or if he was hiding behind a façade that Jim was easily able to see through because his own mentality was male. The way Wendell grabs Athina and holds on tight, as well as forcing the kiss on her make him come across as a bit of a bully and undid a lot of the effort that Athina’s mother and Moreena put into make him likeable.
The path Jim chooses to take is inevitable, I felt, especially with the pressure to marry and the lack of control Jim, as ‘Athina’ had over his own life. I did find myself wanting to see her brother return, as well as the Master Wizard, and to find out more on how those pieces of the puzzle fall into place. Everyone seems to be plotting something, and I wonder who Chamberland had in mind as a successor, since his wife seemed to think that Athina needed to have a child quickly to secure the heir to the lands.
The revelation of things Jim had suppressed, of his childhood back in his world and the conversation he’d overheard filled in a big gap in the story and shed some new light on his responses to things, as well as his changing attitude, especially in regard to Renault.
It seems as if Athina just can not make good choices and decisions, its out of one frying pan and into the hot oil and from there the fire, or at least that is the way it seems to me. Her sense of self-preservation seems a bit lacking at times and she does seem to be ruled more by emotions then by rational thoughts. This makes for great storytelling, however as the reader gets to follow her into the next disaster and discover how she gets herself out of it.
Its awesome that Athina has individuals who are so loyal to her, I think without this supporting cast of reoccurring figures, the story would become rather dull. Renault, Jason, even Wendell are becoming very important to the direction of the story as well as to Athina’s growth and development. I think its also important to point out that where in the first book it was almost impossible to think of Jim as Athina, now it is almost impossible to think of Athina as Jim. What a wonderful transformation!
Another cliffhanger ending, and once again I am left looking forward to reading what is next to come with these charges Athina faces, as well as the decisions that she has to make. Awesome second book!
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