Thursday, January 3

Daughter of the Goddess: Novella Review

Daughter of the Goddess

Rita Webb

Robot Playground Inc
July 20th 2012
Young Adult | Fantasy

Official Blurb -

The Heart.
The God of Love seeks a bride who is pure in heart and full of life—full of soul. Instead of a woman, he finds a child with laughter in her heart. Waiting for her to grow up, he befriends her, pretending to be nothing more than a blue-eyed boy with wild, tangled hair.

The Soul.
Left on the temple doorstep, a young girl turns the lives of the priestesses upside down . . . until one summer day before her eighteenth birthday, a traveling oracle tells her she is to marry a stranger in a foreign land.

The Nightmare.
An ancient demon—half-man, half-snake—wants to destroy anything the gods love. When she was a child, he haunted her dreams, but now he stalks her across the countryside. If he catches her, he’ll devour her.

I was thinking this would be quick fun little romance. What I ended up with was more motivational story. Sort of look inside yourself and face your inner demons. See them for what they are. Also, it brought to mind several of the things that are a bit concerning when it comes to all knowing gods. I found myself rather miffed and grossed out by the god of love following her everywhere but taking a back seat while she got dragged through hardship after hardship. Why are the good guys always passive in their protection. Yet the bad guys are very forceful and in your face. Just doesn't seem right. But I guess the only way for us to understand who we are as individuals is to face the troubles and gain confidence in our abilities. Can't do that if the big guys are always keeping us safe from the slightest wind.

There are some really great descriptive moments in this little story. I did think it was really odd that this holy priestess in training was being instructed in swordsmanship. Why would she ever need that? Even when it plays out to be necessary I wasn't that impressed. So I enjoyed this book but it wasn't as lighthearted as I was hoping.

Violence: Mil