This is a very good book, it such a refreshing sight amongst the fantasy books. Mixing Greek mythology with the character of the Sphinx will definitely provide a lot of interest amongst young adults. The character Natalia breaks through so many stereotypes and does not fit into any of these categories: hero/saviour/princess. She is strong character mentally, yet it is not something she is aware of, she is just a woman who understands herself.
Aside from the unique characters this book has darker themes throughout to explore which you can see will develop in the whole series. You can see how the author has pulled experiences and examples from reality into her writing and despite the setting as different alien worlds, it feels scarily similar to the world around us. I am excited and terrified to see what she writes next.
The scenery and descriptions are so vivid and I could not stop thinking of Natalia's pink dress, the author successfully uses colours to compliment each character and the different alien species. The cover really helps bring the picture all together and the artist actually worked on The Game of Thrones TV show!
The erotic scenes definitely earn the 18+ recommendation but it's such a shame because I feel this book would be a great target to teens and young adults. A few years ago 0where all I read was fantasy and romance novels) this book would have been my dream.
Original review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/239898/review/898140
by NetGalley review
First I want to thank the publisher, Author and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
I really loved this book! Most times I am quick to put a book down if I feel it is too angtsy or the female character somehow seems too needy or whiny or just overall childish. This was not Natalia! I really loved the love triangle and how the opposites wanted one another while the other didn't. The story building was really great and I am excited to read future books in the series opening up to future characters!
I am never one to ruin anyone reading a book, so what I say is limited so that you of course can enjoy it all yourself! I also read the first in the series which helped me learn the Author's writing style which I loved and made this book that much more interesting!!
by Amber Comer
This book was really good for sure 18+ as it has erotic scenes. I loved the character building and the uniqueness of the story! Natalia is a really great character and I love the build and suspense of the love triangle between characters that wanted each other and didn't want each other. The back and forth always makes for such a good story when it comes to romance.
Including the Sphinx who you really fall in love with and feel for. I love fantasy and it always makes for better erotic stories! I love the twists and turns and things that pop up that you never expect now im ready for the next!
Original review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/239898/review/887839
by NetGalley review
An English literature teacher by trade and bookworm at heart, Aria Mossi lives in rural Suffolk. However, her cosmopolitan ethnic background makes her feel like a citizen of the world, including the alien worlds she is so fond of.
These days, Aria has swapped her passion for teaching with writing and busy family life.
When sheâ€™s not chasing fantastical creatures, she attends to her magical English garden.
Aria says she would be far more efficient at both if not for her beloved children and their "pick me syndrome".
The Tarrassian Saga was a long-time coming adventure and a journey of self-discovery.
Aria's characters are praise to our Humanity. A keen observer of human nature, Aria noticed that the people who survive the most traumatic events put others at the front of their minds. Her books are a reminder of our infinite resilience, our carry-on spirit and our passions.
â€œI grew up with my grandmothers' inspiring stories and inherited their love for reading. A real-life person has inspired every single one of my books.
Each new story brings closure and heals in a way only our imagination can.â€