Book Reviews

Echoes of the Gods by Gaia Sol

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Warriors/Soldiers / Gods/Godesses / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 06-November-2017

Book Blurb

Peace reigns in Midgard and with no wars to fight, Yngvi, soldier and fancy-free charmer, craves danger, excitement and adventure. He finds all that and more in a mysterious stranger whose arrival in Midgard coincides with an unexpected attack on Asgard’s pantheon by the fiendish armies of Loki, renegade god of the Underworld. 

Shara has pursued a killer to Midgard and can’t afford to be distracted by the charismatic Yngvi, not when the fugitive has eluded him twice already. But Yngvi is like no one Shara’s ever met—annoyingly tenacious, but also brave, loyal and inconveniently attractive. A single night together shouldn’t change anything. But it changes everything, and Shara finds himself giving Yngvi his body, his trust and much more. 

Caught in the riptide of Shara’s shocking secrets, Yngvi joins him on a quest for vengeance that takes them across the stars, onto new worlds and into battles with gods, monsters and their own unfamiliar, conflicting feelings. Disloyalty breeds distrust, threatening to destroy their new, fragile bond, but they must each choose between heart and life when they finally uncover the startling past that will change the future.


Book Review

Stories that take old legends, existing mythologies, or well-known characters and weave them into a new world with a unique tale are among my favorite kind. So when I first read the blurb for this novel - with its mention of Midgard, renegade gods, shocking secrets, and a quest for vengeance – I was intrigued. The trip across the stars that is mentioned is actually a journey to various realms, and while I had sort of expected science fiction (my mistake, I know), this novel turned out to firmly rooted in the land of fantasy and various pantheons of gods. The author took me on a trip from Midgard to Aegyptus and Graecia, Nibiru played a significant role, and the characters pulled me into their struggle within the first few pages. With excellent worldbuilding and an exciting world like this – what can go wrong?

Yngvi is a warrior in the service of Asgard, and he is bored since Midgard is at peace and there has not been a war for a while. I had barely told him to “be careful what you wish for”, when chaos ensues in the form of Shara. Yngvi fights by his side, they bond due to a strong physical attraction, but neither is ready for more than a “tumble” between the sheets. As they travel from realm to realm and encounter various gods from pantheons in danger of being eliminated by mysterious weapons able to kill gods, Yngvi and Shara begin to get to know each other. They learn to respect and rely on each other, and while both are too “manly” to admit to “mushy feelings”, this is clearly what they are beginning to experience.

Dangers from the outside as well as inside their fragile friendship/relationship abound, mysteries galore need to be solved to find the true villain, and jealousy (which neither man will admit to) gets in the way. I was fascinated with the turn the story took as Yngvi and Shara got closer to the truth, and, in my opinion, the resulting revelations, intrigue, subterfuge, dark plots, and final resolution make this novel worthy of being called epic. Very impressive!

If you like old myths, legends, and the gods who inhabit them brought to life and put into a new light, if conspiracies and dark machinations are your thing, and if you’re looking for an exciting read full of suspense, battles, brave warriors, and the fiery passions that develops between them, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It’s been a while since I’ve immersed myself into such a well-developed world with events that swept me into a different dimension, and if that is what you’re looking for? This is your book!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 316 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 25-October-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Echoes-Gods-Gaia-Sol-ebook/dp/B075ZSJH2Q