Solar, Defeated (Oracle of Delphi #2.5) Kindle Edition
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Wow. Just wow!
A novella about Strafford Law.
Be still, my beating fangirl heart!
I didn't expect to get this book for review this soon so I was more than excited to start it. Now that I have finished it, I'm kind of sad because I already miss Strafford and this world, if that makes sense.
A tiny warning; if you haven't read the Oracle of Delphi books yet you probably should read them first.
Solar, Defeated follows (as you can probably guess) Strafford before Prophecy of the Most Beautiful, before Strafford meets Chloe. It even follows him in some sort of flashbacks to where he was younger. Starting from the age of eight and going up until eighteen.
How I loved reading about his younger years! I couldn't help but find it super adorable. But not only that, I just loved finding out more about him, what he was like when he was a kid and teenager. I also loved reading more about his father, Apollo, and how he influenced Strafford when he was younger and how Strafford looked up to him. And other than that I just always really love reading about Apollo.
Other things I loved were reading more about Strafford's sublings. Of course there was Ace. Always awesome to read about him. I already loved Ace from PoMB and PoSS, but not as much as Strafford, whom I adore. But I simply adored Ace (Don't worry, Jenn, I won't steal him from you! ^^), when he described to Strafford what he feels when he's playing the drums. It was definitely one of my favorite scenes in this book.
And then there also were Strafford's sisters, Felicity and Teagan. But I mostly enjoyed reading more about Strafford's twin sister Isolde. I loved the way she and Strafford were together, especially as kids. And if it's possible I have even more questions about her. Just some little things about her through the flashback thingies got me wondering...
The writing was perfection as usual and I always enjoy reading Diantha's fighting scenes, as they keep my attention every single time. They were very colorful and exciting to watch, as was every scene. Yes, I say watch because it reels feels like a movie playinjg inside my head, fast-paced and full of action.
And as always I loved the mythology aspects. I want more! Now!
Solar, Defeated left me even hungrier than ever for this series. Strafford Law is an amazing hero, who stole my heart once more. It will more than satisfy Dianta Jones's fans of her Oracle of Delphi Series. Anyone who has read the first two books just HAS to read this also. And if you haven't read the books yet, just go read them. Just do it.
Strafford Law, the Solar Prince, Apollo's chosen son, growls through Prophecy of the Most Beautiful when we first meet him. He's angry and he doesn't trust his divine father any further than he could throw him. His father has assigned him to protect Chloe, the Oracle of Delphi, but Strafford knows that the person he really needs to protect her from is his father. Why so bitter, Solar?
This novella answers those questions, and we realize pretty quickly that while he may be Chloe's guardian, she's the one saving him from the bleak misery that had been his life for the three years before he met her. During that period, he had to live with not only a terrible loss but also the pain and shame it brought his family. Even worse, while the events may have been fated, he ensured that he would play his role through his cocksure ambition. Power may feel good, but some things you have to be ready for.
The love story hanging over this isn't the one that's going to happen between Strafford and Chloe but the one he had with his father Apollo. We see Strafford from eight to seventeen completely smitten with his Olympian father and everything about the world he was raised in. If he starts to pull away a little while later from the trappings of Olympus, he isn't letting go of the love he feels for his father. It's the loss of that love that is the most heartbreaking aspect of the story.
Recommended for fans of the Oracle of Delphi series.
Ooh, we finally get to learn more about our tortured, broody Sun Prince! I won't call myself a fangirl, but the fact that Strafford has changed so much by being in love with Chloe makes him one of my favourite love interests ever. I mean, in pretty much every YA book out there the dark, tortured love interest is still a jerk by the end of the book/series. That's definitely not the case and Solar, Defeated provides a lot more insight into how Strafford fell into disgrace amongst other demigods and became said tortured, broody Sun Prince.
A lot of novellas that connect to series are boring and don't really provide much of an addition to the story, but Diantha Jones has stayed away from that trap. We learn things we otherwise probably wouldn't in the series and seeing things strictly from Strafford's point of view is great. His decisions make sense from his point of view and his emotions feel more...real. It's much easier to connect with him after reading Solar, Defeated because we get to see more of his flaws. (His main one being hubris, something we all suffer from occasionally.)
If you're enjoying the Oracle of Delphi series and just can't get enough of the moody, protective and incredibly attractive Strafford Law, I'd highly recommend this tie-in. It's definitely worth your time.
I give this book 5/5 stars.