Title: Caenus and the Quiver of Artemis
Author: Christopher S. Ledbetter
Summary: Set in dramatic Ancient Greece, when Prince Caenus of Iolkos competes in Apollo’s Tournament in Corinth, he crosses paths with two people who alter his life’s course; Adriande, an elusive young peasant woman, and Makedon, the ruthless Prince of Neapolis. Caenus is unwittingly trust into a series of events that test his mettle, his faith, and is love for Adriande, throughout he receives aid from such deities as Hermes, Aphrodite, and Artemis. But, will the aid be enough to keep him from crossing the river Styx?
My Rating: 7.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: Although the book started off a little slow for me, and in the beginning I found the narrative to be a little awkward, the book quickly pulled me in and the story turned out to be an exciting and sometimes even hard to put down book. The author takes the reader on a journey through Ancient Greece, as they are hurled into Caenus’ world, following him as he enters Apollo’s tournament, attempts to find him self, and fights for true love.
One aspect I really enjoyed about the book was being reading about a world full of the Ancient Greek times, places and Gods (which were some of my favourite parts). Even with the small glimpses of the God’s, it made me want to keep reading for more, to seen if and when they would appear next, how they would help, and the wisdom they held to pass on to the characters to further their development and confidence. They were in the background a lot, but where their more as a symbol of faith and courage for the characters, showing them selves in times of need. It was really well done on this part, enough to keep you wanting more appearances of the God’s, and making you wonder how much of the results of the events in the story were the characters own doing, or something the God’s are doing for their own amusement or future plans. The issue of “fate” is brought up a lot in this story, and it will be interesting to see what Caenus’ fate will turn out to be in the next book. The author has done a good job with creating the setting, and brings to life the ancient myths of Gods and cities, which is what attracted me to the book when the author first asked me to review it. I loved the idea of a story set during these times, because it’s different then what you’re seeing in fantasy today, and has a more “real” feel to it, having it take place in a combination of history and mythology I’ve always wanted to read up on.
One criticism is that I found in the beginning the narrative awkward. Once I got used to the style, it was less noticeable, but it was different then what I had expected, and usually see in fantasy a lot of other fantasy novels. On the other hand, the narrative, although descriptive, also differs from other fantasy novels, because it is able to give fairly solid descriptions, yet not go on about them for pages (although I enjoy that, I know a lot of readers out there shy away from books with long descriptions, for those of you who do, definitely try this book).
Overall very well done book that brought me into the world of Ancient Greece and all of its richness a great story and introduction to a series, to which I look forward to reading the next instalment.
Would I recommend it to read: Yes, the book was done well overall, a little slow to start, but in the end, a good read. If you're a person who enjoys Ancient Greek mythology or someone who wants to read more fantasy books, but are turned away from big tomb type books this is for you. It's a short book, but well done, and worth giving it a try.
What to read next: The book is from the "Of Kings and Gods Series" it appears the other books aren't out, but when they are, I'd say pick them up. Also, books on the ancient godsof Greece etc. The book made me want to read up on some mythology behind the gods back then. So might be a good place to start.
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