Author: Trisha Wolfe
Release Date: March 2nd, 2013
Source: For review
A tragic love story.
Two thousand years before Dez Harkly developed her secret powers, Guardian Astarte was vowed to protect by the binds enslaving her to the Egyptian pharaohs. Discover the prophecy that originated from a very different time, and spans generations to link two very different girls.
This is the beginning.
Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarion her duty, he’s the son of Cleopatra, and he’s human. All of which makes their love forbidden.
But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar creeps into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythan free themselves of their servitude, and protecting her charge—the last pharaoh—while Egypt burns around her.
I was so impressed by Trisha Wolfe's debut novel Destiny's Fire (came out last year) that I just couldn't miss the oppurtunity to review her latest Astarte's Wrath. You probably don't need me to tell you but I LOVED it. Gosh I actually wish it was longer!
This is actually a prequel of Destiny's Fire and takes place thousands of years ago. I loved reading and finding out about the history of Kythans and Guardians! Trish's storytelling was spot on and I couldn't tear my eyes off the page. I think the only thing not good I have to say about this is that I had a little bit of trouble understanding a lot of information, maybe I was a little bit overwhelmed by all the revelations and such? This didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story but I admit I was a bit lost a couple of times.
Star is such an awesome heroine! She truly made this novel for me. She's touch, she's kick-ass but also she's very vulnerable and to be honest, her life just sucks. But then you couldn't complain when someone called Xarion falls in love with you! I adore Xarion! He'll make you swoon and some of his lines are the best. Be warned though: there is a bit of an insta-love with them, but you can also argue they have been in love with each other for quite some time before the novel starts, just not really acting or acknowledging it before the beginning of the story. I would recommend this to more mature young adults and teens, since there's some scenes that a little bit too..much(?) for your typical YA?
PHOENIX. Now HE was the best. He's my faveeeeee. I love him so much. Nuff said.
There were some fast action and heart-breaking betrayal, and the last few chapters really had my heart going! I was so scared as to what's going to happen and then BAM. That was it. I DIED. I don't really wanna say anything but yeah, something did happen that just BROKE me to pieces. Sobs.
The ending was really bittersweet, I thought. Even though it wasn't the overall ending we're all going to hope for, it's still right and perfect for the story. It made me tear up a little, but also put a stupid smile on my face. So there's that. :)