Artemis, goddess of the hunt, has lived with heartache for the last fifteen hundred years, believing her only love is dead. That’s what her father—Zeus, king of the gods—told her. After recent events brought the truth to light, Artemis must gather the courage to face her lost love again. Evangelos, former god of messengers, was content living in the mortal world until he discovered he has a daughter and her mother is Artemis. When the goddess shows up at his place of employment with tales of renewing his god status, he’s skeptical. Zeus wouldn’t reverse the curse out of the goodness of his heart. There is always a catch. The god king wants something in return. When Artemis explains she has to hunt down her stepmother, Hera, in order to get Evan back into Zeus’s good graces, Evan demands to accompany her. However, the journey turns out to be a test that could bring them closer together or tear them apart forever.
My Rating: 4½/5 stars
For the last 1,500 years, Artemis, goddess of the hunt has mourned the loss of her one true mate, Evangelos. With no explanation other than, “he is no longer with us,” from her father, Zeus, Artemis was left alone to raise their daughter. That would be the daughter Evangelos had no knowledge of prior to his leaving Olympus.
Turns out, when Zeus said, “he is no longer with us,” he didn’t mean dead just literally no longer in Olympus. Now, imagine you just spent 1,500 years mourning the loss of your true mate, raising your daughter solo only to find out your dad lied. Pissed off doesn’t even come close to what Artemis is following that big reveal. The hits just keep on coming when Zeus tells Artemis her beloved will be allowed to return to Olympus once Artemis delivers a message to her step-mother, Hera. Hera dislikes Artemis just about as much as Artemis dislikes Zeus so delivering a message to Hera should be loads of fun.
Hera is a queen b&tch and she isn’t going to make the delivery of her husband’s message easy. In fact, Hera enjoys making things difficult so Artemis isn’t going at it alone. After some very awkward explanations, some very emotional welcome backs, and some really good naughty bits, Artemis and Evangelos set out through a series of ugly traps to find Hera. Along the way, they encounter poison, a really nasty and totally crazy vampire, and friendlies who have no problem stepping into the fray to help their friends and loved ones.
The Bottom Line: This mid-series novella is such a great addition to the Sons of War series. Artemis made a brief appearance in book two, Ashes of War when she was not only introduced as Ash’s mother but the groundwork for her own story was laid. Artemis’s story is 1,500 years in the making and it is such a sweet and sexy reunion with her mate. What I enjoyed most about this read – and the appearance of the deities in the other books – is how truly human they behave. Oh, sure, Artemis and the other deities have some super-awesome abilities and they are immortal but their actions and reactions in this series are often very human which makes them far more relatable. In sincerely hope, as the Sons of War series continues to grow that there will be more of these deity stories thrown into the mix.
About the author and where to find her:
In 2008, Lia Davis ventured into the world of writing and publishing and never looked back. She has published more than twenty books, including the bestselling A Tiger’s Claim, book one in her fan favorite Ashwood Falls series. Her novels feature compassionate yet strong alpha heroes who know how to please their women and her leading ladies are each strong in their own way. No matter what obstacle she throws at them, they come out better in the end.
While writing was initially a way escape from real world drama, Lia now makes her living creating worlds filled with magic, mystery, romance, and adventure so that others can leave real life behind for a few hours at a time.
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