The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength, even while her prophetic powers linger. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta.
To earn back Artemis’s favor, Kahina must complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia— where the king’s daughter is revealed to be none other than Atalanta. Still reeling from her disastrous quest and her father’s insistence on marriage, Atalanta isn’t sure what to make of Kahina. As her connection to Atalanta deepens, Kahina finds herself in danger of breaking Artemis’ second rule.
She helps Atalanta devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage, and word spreads throughout Greece, attracting suitors willing to tempt fate to go up against Atalanta in a race for her hand. But when the men responsible for both the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly.
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published on: November 27, 2018
I honestly had such a fun time reading this book. I’m such a sucker for anything Greek mythology related which is why I requested this book in the first place. I had pretty high expectations in that regard and for the most part, they were met!!
I have to say that it is rather loosely based on Greek mythology – there are Greek gods as characters in the story and the setting is obviously cities in the ancient Greek world but a lot of the decisions that the characters make seem rather uncharacteristic of the time period. Granted, I still did really enjoy the characters and loved how the author still managed to make them stand out against the confines of their time. The beginning of the story was a bit confusing and it took me a while to really get into the plot of the book but after the first 25% it really picked up and I was fully invested.
The two main characters are really what made this book for me. They are both so strong and you could tell their backgrounds really shaped who they are as people, which I always love when a book does well. Kahina was a personal favourite of mine and it was so cute with the romance, getting to see how in love she is with Atalanta. Speaking of the romance, this book features a slow burn with a bisexual MC and a lesbian MC which is super fun!! At times I was really into their pining and wanted them to be together but as these feelings had to be quite suppressed it did prevent me from being really invested in their relationship.
I would say the main issue for me was the lack of depth. In terms of the various elements of the book (e.g. characters, plot, setting), I did enjoy them on a surface level but I really do wish the characters were a bit more fleshed out and that the first and last quarters of the story had something more to the plot. Overall though, I did enjoy it and the author’s writing style was really what brought it all together. Great debut novel and definitely an interesting mythology-based story!!
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.