Apollo is fond of many things. Music, poetry, physical prowess, truth, and love. The Pythian Games are held in his honor and he attends, as a mere mortal, to enjoy the competition... and the women. Meeting the fair Coronis offers him his greatest delight. Her strength, her beauty, and her fearlessness clasp his heart with an irrevocable hold. But she wants none of him.
Coronis' duty is to marry, but she yearns for so much more. She is a fierce competitor, a hunter, skilled in strategy and reason. Those that would court her lack both the mind and the body to rival hers - she will settle for no less. As a mortal, Apollo was both infuriating and tempting. But Apollo the Olympian is terrifying. She fears giving him her heart might destroy her soul.
Demeter's need for revenge pits Olympian against Olympian, forcing Apollo into a darkness the God of Light must fight if he ever hopes to see his Coronis again.
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"Eclipsing Apollo" by Sasha Summers is part of the 'Loves of Olympus' series and is a retelling of several elements of Greek mythology, particularly events involving the interactions between Apollo and the humans who populate his favored city of Delphi. A celebration of the Pythian games draws Apollo and Hermes to interact with mortals who have no idea of the honor being bestowed upon them. King Phlegys’ daughter, Coronis, enthralls Apollo but becomes an unwitting pawn in an ongoing struggle amongst many of the deities. Coronis must figure out whether it is possible to believe in eternal happiness with a god and Apollo will have to figure out whether he can give his heart to a mortal. This deftly told story brings to life many of the beings who populate the fascinating tales of the gods in Olympus and the way they interact (and interfere) with the mortals on Earth. The author does a nice job of bringing to life some of the salient details of several different tales, including those of Demeter, Persephone, and Hades; Demeter’s feud with Erysichthon; and the conflict between various mortal factions, but I think that a few liberties may have been taken with some of the events as this version differs from some of the ones that I have read. Despite that, the story does a nice job of evoking some of the excitement and fascination with the competitions of the era, and the heroine’s expertise in one particular skill is inspirational—although one wishes she was a bit more unconventional in other aspects. The story is a combination of sensual romance and cautionary tale and provided an enjoyable reminder of the complicated relationship between the Greek gods and their subjects. A copy of this title was provided for review