Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Moreva of Astoreth by Roxanne Bland - Guest Blogger Book Review

Synopsis
In the service of the Goddess…

The stubborn, spoiled, favored granddaughter of the Devi goddess Astoreth, Moreva Tehi has neglected to perform her sacred duty and now she must be punished for her transgression. Temporarily banished from Temple life, she is dispatched to Mjor—a backwater village in the Syren Perritory—to assume the roles of custodian of the landing beacon as well as the spiritual leader and commander of Astoreth’s garrison stationed there. In this perilous place of wild beasts, outmoded technologies, and harsh seasonal change, a fragile peace exists between the distrustful hakoi and the hated Devi, held together by an iron-clad Protocol—whose laws, if broken, could lead to war.

She will discover an ally in the kindly village healer Hyme and a dangerous adversary in Kepten Yose, her subordinate. But the gravest threat to Tehi’s future is the Mjoran chief, the charismatic, golden-haired Laerd Teger, whose elusiveness and cool disdain the Moreva finds both infuriating and fascinating. For it is he who will impel her to break her most sacred vows and seek out the dark secrets of her gods and her world, setting them both on a course that can only lead to damnation and death.


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Jennifer's Review
I thought it was a good book. 
It’s about this Moreva/Devi that gets exiled to a distant place called Syren. There she is forced to do a variety of jobs such as monitor the beacon, act as a healer (which she is), and perform services in the Temple. 
After being exiled, she sends a message to her best friend back home asking for her experiments. During her year in Syren, she works to find a cure for Red Fever by experimenting on skratzes, falls in love with the Lared, and even though she is not accepted by the village, she endures. 
After her year is up, she goes back home to receive her punishment for breaking rules...or does she? She learns a very surprising thing about her life, but what is it?  Read this book if your interest is piqued. 
It reminds me a little bit of Avatar. I give this book a 5 stars.  


Author Bio
Roxanne Bland grew up in Washington, D.C., where she discovered strange and wonderful new worlds through her local libraries and bookstores. These and other life experiences have convinced her that reality is highly overrated.
 
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