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I read these books after the house of Night series by P.C and Kristen Cast and I was very impressed. House of Night was great for young adults and teenagers but the Partholon series is definitely one for grown up.
The story is about a woman called Shannon Parker who finds herself inexplicable drawn to an antique vase which some how transports her to another world (Partholon) . When Shannon is in Parthalon she is embodying the Goddess incarnate of Epona Rhiannon and she is treated as such which is great but she is also about to be married of to Clan Fintan the leader of the Centaurs (yes as in half Horse half man) in a ritual marriage.
The plot is really interesting and I can honestly say it is the only book I have ever read about a goddess incarnate marrying a centaur (call me boring). The Mythology is fascinating and well researched which is what P.C Cast is best at.
There are some very evil bad guys in this book which are also of a mythical nature and P.C Cast does an amazing job at making you absolutely hate them and portrayed there crimes vividly. There is then great action scenes that follow.
Throughout the book there is also a great romance element that P.C Cast is also famous for, this one in particular is really sweet and sucks you in really well, and I found I could not put it down once I started. When the Romance kicks into swing the sex scenes are fantastic and extremely passionate, definitely one that will make you blush if you were reading it in public. So I would recommend you stay at home when your reading, and it is not appropriate for youngsters 17/18+ only in my opinion.
Overall this is P.C Cast at her very best writing fantastic mythological fiction combined with entrancing romance which in my opinion is the perfect combination for a great book.
This review is also on my Ciao account under shellyjaneo
After a visit to my sister recently she came down from her room with arms full of books, and I had only just made a dent in the last lot!
One of the books (the subject of this review) was one she said I had actually purchased for her, as part of her birthday present last year, though I am ashamed to say I have no recollection of that at all, she said it contained all my favourite theme's love, lust and centaurs....ok, I was looking forwards to this!
The book in question is - "Divine by mistake by P.C Cast".
The story starts with a young teacher called Shannon, who has just broke up from school for the summer holidays.
She is cruising along to a local auction of "weird stuff", (Shannon has a real penchant for unusual articles), and is enjoying flying along in her vintage Cadillac....life couldn't get any better!
After getting to the auction and finding a picture she wants she waits for the auction to come to her table when she spots a beautiful urn, with a very familiar looking goddess painted on it.
The lady on the urn looks just like her, with her long red locks, through to her pale skin, she really starts to think she is hallucinating when she she's the lady on the un even has an identical burn on her hand, the same one that Shannon had when she was little, she wants to walk away but feels drawn to the urn, with her ending up buying it.
After putting the urn in the car and she starts driving home something happens to the urn, and Shannon is catapulted to who knows were, and doesn't know whether she is dead or alive.
Who is she , were is she and when is she?
This is quite possibly the strangest and best book I have read in a long time. I already knew from the synopsis on the back of the book that Shannon somehow gets flung through a magic fire into the world of Patholen, into a time where Goddess's where worshipped and treated like royalty, trouble is everyone things she is Lady Rhiannon and turns out she is/was a real bitch, and treated women as slaves and men as slaves, but of a different kind!
As soon as Shannon arrives she is thrown into a "handfast" (a marriage of sorts) to the head of the local Centaurs leader, ClanFitan, and though Shannon soon finds herself to drawn to him, she still has to fight past the legacy that Rhiannon has left behind her.
There is plenty of mythology in the book ranging from worshipping of goddess's, through to mythical creatures, with the centaurs being by far my favourite, though that might have something to do with the sexy ClanFintan, and the fact the women centaurs are classed has huntress', and are worshipped by the younger "colts" of the tribe.
There are of course baddies in this story, with these being quite revolting and act as you would expect, so be warned this book really is not one for a younger reader as it contains sex and rape as part of the content, and at times I felt a bit uncomfortable reading about.
The book is written from the first person perspective, with this obviously being Shannon's, and I enjoyed reading about her actions, with it being interspersed with her thoughts too, it makes her seem a much more believable character, having to come to terms with her new persona but also having to try and become someone else, but with an up to date American woman attitude, the language used is really funny to read as well, much of the language Shannon uses is the type of language we would be used to, but after a few well chosen phrases to her lady in waiting, it was fun that her lady took these phrases literally and the conversation after to explain it away was very amusing!
The book is quite long and due to her changed circumstances so early on in the book I found the first few chapters quite hard going, being more mythological details than actual story, though once past that I found the story really enjoyable with me really not wanting it to end once finished.
Price wise this is available from around £5.00 on www.amazon.co.uk, with this being the first in a series of "goddess of Patholen" books, with the next one being Divine by choice, and I have to say I am really looking forward to reading it.
This was always going to be a good book, with the author of this book being the author of my favourite vampire books "house of night", so I had high hopes from the off, the only thing that let this down was the first few chapters, though I really don't know how this could have been written any differently, as of course this is the first book in the series, so there has to be a great deal of content and new characters to be introduced, I only hope the next book flows a little better from the beginning, as many of the characters will already be known to me.
This was a good read that I enjoyed, though I have to take away a star for the slow start.
Thanks for reading x
Having read and enjoyed the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristen Cast, I was interested to see that P.C Cast had written another series, called the Goddess of Partholon series. The first novel in this series is Divine by Mistake.
A 35-year-old teacher, Shannon Parker, is pulled from our world during a car crash and ends up in the place of Rhiannon, the Beloved of the Goddess Epona, in the world of Partholon. Understandably this is a bit of a shock to her, especially as she wakes up on what should be Rhiannon's wedding day and is now hers. Her husband to be is a centaur. That's another shock. Soon she is caught up in events in Partholon, including a terrifying war against some vampire-like creatures, the Fomorians.
The first thing I noticed about Divine by Mistake was that it is considerably chunkier than the House of Night novels. This was a good thing, as I often think they are a bit on the short side - I like longer books that I can really get into.
Once I started reading, I recognised P.C. Cast's style. Her narrator in the House of Night series, Zoey, is a bit slangy and irritating, and this style is similar to that of Shannon. Being an older character means she does not use the same teenage slang, which is definitely a blessing, but her first person narration is still rather sarcastic and colloquial. The style may not be very literary, but it does bring familiarity with the character and I soon felt an attachment to Shannon. Cast herself says in her introductory letter in the book that Shannon is the character closest to her heart.
As for the story itself, I did thoroughly enjoy it. I was drawn in very quickly after the first few introductory chapters, and I was hooked as I wondered whether Shannon and her new friends would defeat the scary Fomorians. The story certainly is captivating, and well imagined. Many of the characters and places in Partholon draw inspiration from our world and our myths, so it is not like P.C. Cast has created a completely new world, but she has created a very smooth blend of myth and reality, with many places being based on Scotland (albeit a slightly rose tinted, American view of Scotland!).
Interestingly, although I would say this is a novel more for adult readers than the House of Night series is, I think that the sexual references are much more subtle, even though Shannon does not hold back. I think the reason for this is that this kind of content flows better in this novel, particularly as it has adult rather than teenage characters.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to readers of the House of Night series, and for those who may have avoided it as it sounded a bit young for them, this is perhaps a better option for you. It is accessible, exciting, touching and funny.
*Incidentally, the cover is nothing like the one pictured here - it is black and pink, similar in style to the House of Night novels, and frankly much more appealing than this one!