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Posted January 12, 2013
Having just survived the Holidays, it's nice to know that even Gods have family issues. When God of War Ares and the Fey Alena have a baby, they run into the issues most parents can relate to, questions about child rearing, doubts about the future, pushy in-laws and family squabbles. Only, instead of normal humans the combatants are all Gods.
Because of his mixed parentage, the Olympian Gods all have an axe to grind regarding the child's future and it falls on his mother to try to protect him. Once again, the author does a good job of bringing out the humanity in these omnipotent creatures while at the same time weaving an intriguing plotline around the child, his future, and the future of Olympus.
If you enjoyed Heart of War then you deserve to read its follow-up, Child of War.
<i> I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility. </i>
Posted January 7, 2013
The captivating second book in the Of War Series presents Ares and Alena as they are trying to settle down and start a family. The story shifts from the focus on their personal relationship to dealing with the rest of the Gods. There is enough to keep this book a page-turner with treachery and murder and especially the half God, quarter fey, and quarter human Raven rampaging around. There are plots against Ares and Alena’s family with Zeus wanting them destroyed and testing their love at every turn.
It is a great build up for the third book.
I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Posted February 3, 2012
Our Review [by Michelle L. Olson – LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha]:
Lisa Beth Darling’s 2nd book in the Of War series was everything I expected it to be – dark, sexy, vicious, and absolutely gripping.
Child of War picks up where Heart of War left off, with Alena pregnant and she and Ares living on Mt. Olympus as a happily married couple (well as happy as a married couple on Olympus can be anyway). The pregnancy is tough on her though and she’s experiencing a lot of things that are downright scary - all of which are compounded by Ares’s completely dysfunctional Olympian family and their inability to accept her heritage.
Once Raven enters the world things get even more, um… interesting…
Alena and Ares’s love, one that has dumfounded the rest of the Olympians because of its strength and purity, is tested to its limits by the stressors of parenthood, life on Olympus, the interference of Ares’s family and by their child himself.
Raven is something else. As the synopsis states, he is definitely no angel, and he is Ares’s son (as Ares was before Alena) through and through with an added dose of wicked thrown in. Highly advanced, even for an Olympian, this child is a force of nature and then some and had me gasping and shaking my head more than once.
There were so many moments in this book where I was mumbling profanities at one character or the other or being aghast at something that happened, that had anyone been around to witness it, I probably would be institutionalized! It was simply that moving.
I will say again, however, that Lisa’s books are not for the faint of heart. If you want a fluffy paranormal romance this is not the place to look. If you want a dark erotic romance with enough thriller to be captivating and intriguing, then this series is definitely for you. Anyone who has read any actual history books on the Gods and Goddesses knows that times were not like they are now and that things were different, they were more brutal. Lisa brings back