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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Warrior of the Nile (The Gods of Egypt #2) by Veronica Scott



Warrior of the Nile (The Gods of Egypt, #2)
 
Summary:
 
Egypt, 1500 BC

Lady Tiya is bound to the service of the goddess Nephthys, who plans to sacrifice Tiya’s body to protect Egypt from an ancient terror. She embarks to meet her grim fate alone but for the hardened warrior Khenet, who is fated to die at her side. Tiya’s dreams of love and family now seem impossible, and Khenet, who is the last of his line, knows his culture will die with him. Struggling with the high cost of Nephthys’s demands, both resolve to remain loyal.

Neither expects the passion that flowers when Tiya’s quiet courage and ethereal beauty meet Khenet’s firm strength and resolve. On a boat down the Nile, their two lonely souls find in each other a reason to live. But time is short and trust elusive.

Without the willing sacrifice of Tiya and Khenet, a great evil will return to Egypt. How could the gods demand their deaths when they’ve only just begun to live?

Book two of The Gods of Egypt
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 160 pages (Kindle)
Source: NetGalley 
Available Formats: E-book
Publication Date: September 16th 2013 by Carina Press
 
I've been a fan of Veronica Scott's since I read the first book in her Gods of Egypt series Priestess of the Nile back in 2011 when Turning the Pages was a wee blog, just starting out. I think that it was one of the first NetGalley books that I was approved for and I've felt a loyalty to the author and series ever since.
 
This historical paranormal romance is the second book in the series but I feel that it can be read completely on it's own because there was no mention of the characters or reference to the story in the first book at all. This one is all Tiya and Khenet.
 
Tiya is a sweet girl. Completely innocent and willing to put her life on the line to save another, and help the goddess Nephthys in her plot to undermine a rival land's leader. Khenet is our dark brooding soldier that has undertaken the job bestowed on him by his adopted brother the new Pharoh out of love and respect for the man, even though he knew he might not come back.

I liked the chemistry between Tiya and Khenet, while they only had a short journey in which to fall in love it was sweet. It wasn't one of those dreaded insta-love situations where the characters meet, fall in love and end up diddling each other's brains out within a day or two. There was an instant attraction between the two but the love for each other was slow in blooming (slow for such a short read). Then again neither of them had much to loose considering the mission that they were on which of course, our soldier Khenet took very seriously. As much as I liked him as a character, I wish that he wasn't such a hardass but he did mellow out some thanks to Tiya, and he ended up having a bit of a sense of humour which I liked because it added to the chemistry the two had and they had it when it counted if you catch my drift.

I also really like that in Scott's Gods of Egypt series the Gods come to life. Nephthys and Isis were the two goddesses we met in Warrior of the Nile and both had that whole "better than the humans" thing going on. However, Nephthys was the one that really didn't care about her human worshippers whereas Isis tried to help Tiya and Khenet when she could. I liked how the author tried to balance the extreme of Nephthys with the softer approach of Isis.

Overall, this was a fun read. I loved that while it was a romance, and there was sex in the story that it wasn't every other page. There was an actual story, plot and bad guys. Warrior of the Nile was a quick novella and one that I was able to immerse myself in for an hour or two to get done, that just left me feeling happy with how it ended. If I had one complaint though it would be that I wish it were about 20 pages longer so certain aspects of the plot could be developed more.

I would recommend this one to fans of historical romance who want to read something in an exotic local with a bit of the myth and pageantry of ancient Egypt playing a key role. The characters aren't perfect, but in the end they fit together so well you can't help but like them.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.

Liked It!
★ ★ ★ 
 
 
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4 comments:

  1. I'll have to look into the first book of this series, sounds interesting :)

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  2. Fun reads are always good. I haven't read many books set in Egypt which is weird because I like their mythology and what not. Sounds like a lot to fit in 160pages so I'm not surprised that you think it would benefit from being a little longer. Great review :)

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  3. It does sound like a lot to fit in but at least out of it, a person is still getting a good plot.

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  4. I can't remember every reading one in the setting. How fun! I'll go hunt down book one now :)

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