The Moreva of Astoreth

The Moreva of Astoreth

by Roxanne Bland

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In the service of the Goddess…

The stubborn, spoiled, favored, and bigoted granddaughter of the Devi goddess Astoreth, Moreva Tehi has neglected to perform her sacred duty and now she must be punished for her transgression.  Temporarily banished from Temple life and her beloved desert home, she is dispatched to Mjor—a backwater village in the volatile, far northern Syren Perritory—to assume the roles of custodian of the landing beacon as well as the spiritual leader and commander of Astoreth’s garrison stationed there. In this perilous place of wild beasts, outmoded technologies, and harsh seasonal change, a fragile peace exists between the distrustful hakoi and the hated Devi, held together by an iron-clad Protocol—whose laws, if broken, could lead to war.

She will discover an ally in the kindly village healer Hyme and a dangerous adversary in Kepten Yose, her subordinate. But the gravest threat to Tehi’s future is the Mjoran chief, the charismatic, golden-haired Laerd Teger, whose elusiveness and cool disdain the Moreva finds both infuriating and fascinating.  For it is he who will impel her to break her most sacred vows and seek out the dark secrets of her gods and her world, setting them both on a course that can only lead to damnation and death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996731607
Publisher: Blackrose Press
Publication date: 11/01/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 454
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Roxanne Bland grew up in Washington, D.C., where she discovered strange and wonderful new worlds through her local public library and bookstores. These and other life experiences have convinced her that reality is highly overrated. Ms. Bland lives in Rosedale, Maryland with her Great Dane, Daisy Mae.

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The Moreva of Astoreth 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars oh my, where to begin…seriously, this is a super hard book to just sum up my feelings in a few sentences. Well, I read it in one week if that’s any indicator, and it’s over 450 pages and I have extremely limited reading time. But who needs sleep? This author writes in such a way that we just get pulled in and lost in the story right away, and see everything unfold around us. It’s a slow building explosion of unpredictable events and unique characters that are totally amazing and literally out of this world. I only have one gripe seemed weirdly anticlimactic to me for some reason, like the emotion was sucked out of the ending even though it was the most dramatic. And it felt so “summed up” at the end. But the narrative is tight and focused, and thankfully error free! It’s clear Ms. Bland has a great editor, and I for one am ready for more from this talented author soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like how simply and effortlessly Roxanne Bland can tell this intoxicating, multi-layered story with well-developed world building and still manage to make a fantasy novel feel so fresh! A less talented author would probably over-write or over-dramatize to the point of being totally unbelievable. But even with the fantastical storyline we are all in, hooked on every scene, as the world building always follows its rules which is so important in books like this. At first it took me some time to acclimate and get the feel of the characters and their backstory… was confused on a few things, but stuck with it and it all became clear. A fun read all through to the end, even though some parts are heart wrenching and you will definitely be upset more than once. Can’t wait to read more from Roxanne Bland!!
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
The pace of “The Moreva of Astoreth” is like a slow burn that gets hotter and hotter, then simmers, and then explodes. The story was pretty easy to follow though; just for me there were a few parts that I thought needed a bit more explaining. But I am a real fan of Roxanne Bland’s writing style –sometimes epic fantasies of this length really intimidate me, but it was so easy to follow along, and even though there was a lot of action and drama constantly happening, and so many characters involved in the scenes, I never once felt lost or confused. Instead I felt swept away as the metaphorical pot boiled over again and again. I loved how easily I was able to escape into a fantastical world for a while, and it is so intelligently written so as to keep my full attention until the (amazing) end. I am giving this one 5 stars because I honestly can’t think of anything I didn’t like, and I’d definitely keep reading more if there ever was some. Recommend for adults who like intelligent, profound stories with creative characters and an edgy romance.. Some graphic sex and violence.
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
"The Moreva of Astoreth” by Roxanne Bland is the first book I’ve read by this author, but I really hope it won’t be the last! In the beginning I was a little worried, are so many various plotlines and ups and downs at times I thought my head would spin off. But after I became more familiar with the setting, the characters, and who was what, it was highly entertaining, almost addicting. There are interesting, dynamic characters across the board and whole cultural subset that felt oddly familiar for being so ‘alien’. (if that makes any sense). The prose is very strong and descriptive, and I think Ms. Bland writes with great energy and passion that really shines through on each page. The only thing that bugged me was sometimes I felt there was too much focus on things that were extremely trivial, and then at other times something really juicy would happen and it was totally glossed over. I feel like a great copy editor could have really polished it up, but the real meat and heart of the book was amazing anyways. Recommend for adults only.
MegKing More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Roxanne Bland is most definitely one of those authors I’ve had the absolute privilege of discovering lately. I do read a lot of books by lesser known authors (I like to give them a chance and maybe discover a new favorite). But inevitably I’m left disappointed more often than not. But even if Ms. Bland’s novel “The Moreva of Astoreth” isn’t perfect, it absolutely delivers an entertaining ride with complex ideas and you become emotionally invested whether you want to or not. This one was impactful and about as different as it could be from anything else I’ve ever read. I literally cannot think of another type of book to compare it to! But the literacy askills were all there, the imaginative new world that stretches the bounds of imagination, the descriptive scenery, the heart-pounding moments, the shocking twists and hot romance… I enjoyed it all the way through and thought it was a great dark fantasy/science fiction-romance that I’d recommend without hesitation.
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
"The Moreva of Astoreth” by Roxanne Bland was so much fun to read, with one of the most interesting and enjoyable ensemble of characters I have encountered. From villain to love interest, friend to foe and the relationships with the characters and the creative world-building Bland creates is downright phenomenal. Loved watching the interactions with Tehi and her Grandmother Astoreth, but also enjoyed watching her relationship with Laerd Teger develop and thought Hyme was great too. So awesome to read about a strong and smart female protagonist for a change. An enjoyable experience, and I look forward to more from Roxanne Bland soon. Recommended for fans of sci-fi/fantasy. Mature readers only.
JesseThomas More than 1 year ago
as I read this book by Roxanne Bland I found myself completely taken away from my ‘real life’ and transported to another world, completely forgetting where I was (for better or worse). An epic fantasy novel with more tangents and sub plots than many others I’ve read, with a large cast of characters each of whom have their own stories to tell and conflicts to overcome. Gritty, honest, deep, intense, disturbing, shocking, uplifting and empowering… Way too much to delve into here, but this is a book I won’t soon forget, and if you are looking for a unique take on action/fantasy with a darkly psychological and intellectual literary vibe, look no further. Perfect editing and formatting which is a nice bonus! Ages 18+ only
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
woah, what a ride! This was a totally unexpected for me, to be honest from the description I was a little confused just what to expect, but I was intrigued by the quality of the writing sample and the glowing reviews on Amazon so I decided to dive right in. Well I was stunned not only at the level of imaginative world building and strong and creative characters, but also the sheer amount of twists and turns that were in store for me …I usually lose interest in books this long (I have a short attention span unfortunately), so I usually shy away from epics. But I think that “The Moreva of Astoreth” by Roxanne Bland is one of the more well thought out and entertaining books I’ve read in a while. I loved how Ms. Bland writes very descriptively and with great energy and detailing. I kept wondering how it would all wrap up, and if it would work out… and (no spoilers) while I was happy with some things, I was disappointed with others. But that’s what made it so good I guess. Note, this has some “adult’ scenes. Not gratuitous at all, but definitely intense. Just a fair warning.
AprilDawn More than 1 year ago
I think that Roxanne Bland just made a scifi/fantasy fan out of me!! Normally I stick to more contemporary thrillers/mysteries, but this was such an incredible book I had a hard time putting it down at night. Admittedly in the beginning I felt completely over my head, and was confused at some words and even the roles of the characters (what they were, their relation, etc). But I found that things smoothed out the more I continued on, and after a slower intro (to really ground us in the world-building) Ms. Bland does an admirable job of ramping up tension and giving the characters some pretty complicated, almost impossible obstacles to overcome. And speaking of world building… it is brilliant, and even a little frightening, but in a good way. I can totally see this being a movie, although it probably wouldn’t be as good as the book anyways. It just felt like such a big story, one that I’ll remember for a long time. Recommend for adults as there is language and some mature scenes. A must read for fans of epic fantasy and futuristic science fiction.
cvasquez More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars "The Moreva of Astoreth” was an interesting experience for me. On one hand the premise is very unique, well thought-out and executed, and the writing was excellent. But I felt that at times the dialogue with the characters felt sort of unnecessary, and there were some parts that I thought were slow/confusing/unbelievable. It took me awhile to get into it, but I will say that once I did I was hooked! Even though at times I felt a lack of focus with Tehi to really connect with and root for her, for the most part having it from her POV really gave me the intimacy that I prefer in longer, more involved novels such as this. I also felt that several (but not all) of the secondary characters didn’t add enough value to the overall plot (or their roles could have been consolidated). Lots of names, but no real sense of identity. (But I must say that this book has some of the coolest characters I’ve ever met!!) I think the ending was far better than the beginning, and once I was done I was glad I’d read it. I think this author actually has a ton of potential and I can see a lot of people enjoying this. Just be warned that there are some graphic sex/violence/language parts.
GillianH More than 1 year ago
this book has it all. Gods, a hot forbidden romance, complex drama, intellect and sweeping, vivid fantasy world with lots of ‘wtf’ moments. Profound and emotional and exciting all rolled into one. Great story line and incredible detail throughout. One thing I noticed that was different about this book as opposed to others in the genre I’ve read, was that in this one it didn’t feel ‘safe’…. I never had the feeling that everything was going to be just fine, and it certainly wasn’t. It was this constant subtle tension that was believable—not contrived—that really sold it to me. To be honest, I’m not sure what to make of the ending… seemed a bit anticlimactic after all that had happened. Not terrible, just felt flat… but the whole experience overall was definitely one worth having. Best suited for mature readers probably.
Coreeez More than 1 year ago
"The Moreva of Astoreth” by Roxanne Bland was a different type of book for me as I’m not a huge fantasy reader, although I do enjoy the genre. But the reviews sounded really intriguing and this really sounded like something that was really different. So I thought I’d give this a try and see how I liked it. That said, here are my thoughts: I liked that it was very well written and perfectly edited, especially for a long book. Everything felt “unique” from the characters, the world, their cultures/traditions/rituals… yet strangely relatable to modern day (she is a scientist/healer who works in a lab trying to find a cure for the red fever). The tension and chemistry with Moreva and Teger was palpable, but definitely not without its complications. It wasn’t predictable at all… and it kept my attention the whole way through. Had some really dark moments, but some pretty amazing ones as well. I don’t think I was able to stop reading the last 30% or so! Some complaints were there were many characters, and I don’t always feel like they were all that developed. At one point it just seemed like “names” doing the talking/action but I had no real concept of the individual personalities, looks, etc… There were times that I grew weary of reading about inconsequential details that added little to the progression, especially when frequently repeated. And there are some taboo areas that are kind of uncomfortable to read, but I understand it is for the sake of the story. But I did appreciate the intelligent, multi-layered plot – it forces you to pay attention and think – actively engage with the story and with Moreva Tehi’s life. So not some easy breezy fluff beach read, but to my surprise I found myself really sucked into the story, so much so that I shed a few tears and may have cursed a few characters along the way. Was happy with the ending and even a little disappointed that there isn’t a sequel or anything. I feel so invested in this world and these characters now! Overall an enjoyable read that I’d recommend to others, and I’m really glad I gave it a shot. Will read more from this author anytime.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
The Moreva of Astoreth is an interesting blend of fantasy and science fiction. For me, the only downside to the book would be the cover. I just don’t connect with it. I know a lot of fantasy authors like these kind of 3D renderings of characters – and granted, finding stock images or something for a character looking like Moreva, is impossible, but still. I would’ve preferred an illustration above the current graphic on the cover. That aside, they say don’t judge a book by its cover, and the contents of this book are pretty solid. The story goes like this: Moreva Tehi is the granddaughter of a powerful goddess. Because she refuses to do as the goddess says, she’s temporarily banished, and send to the far northern corner of the planet as punishment. There, she learns more about herself than she ever thought possible, tries to find a cure for the Red Fever tormenting her planet, and even falls in love. A lot of things happen in the course of the book, but I don’t want to spoil them, so I kept the synopsis brief. Moreva is a strong character. At the beginning, she was quite annoying, and it felt like she was being rebellious just for the sake of it. But, as with all interesting characters, she changed and grew a lot throughout the book, and I started liking her more and more. The author did a phenomenal job crafting worthy secondary characters too. Often, authors pour all their energy into crafting a well-rounded, three-dimensional main chareacter and then end up having boring, bland secondary characters. Here, the author obviously put a lot of effort into every single character, with strengths, weaknesses, and their very own personalities. The world building was impressive too, especially since so much happens – and it all makes sense. Not once does the book venture into territory of the impossible – of course it’s fantasy so things that happen are impossible in real life, but I mean that it’s never impossible for the rules of this world. It’s a truly impressive book. I would give it a 5 star rating, if not for the cover and for how the writing could be a little tighter in some places (for example, sometimes we do get a rather lengthy exposition of daily tasks that could be left out or shortened). But seriously, I really enjoyed this, and I think it would be a great read for every mature science fiction / fantasy fan.
LeoG2 More than 1 year ago
although I did really enjoy “The Moreva of Astoreth” for its multifaceted, fantastical storylines and the great creativity, depth and originality of characters, I thought the story jumps around a lot from event to event, place to place, and I sometimes found myself a bit disoriented as to what exactly was happening and why… The plot was very original and interesting, I thought just some parts were perhaps a bit too complex and x-rated for my personal tastes. I tend to get frustrated when reading if there are too many characters involved, but I don’t feel like I really understand them all that well… that happened with me here a few times. But the ones I had figured out I thought were explained really well, and I was curious to see everyone’s fates. The conclusion was satisfying and not forced, and I can say with all honesty that despite a few flaws I had a good time reading this book, and think the author is mad creative!
CodyBCB More than 1 year ago
I think it is fairly safe to say that no one will ever accuse Roxanne Bland of not having an extremely vivid and wild imagination! This was one of the most “surreal” fantasy books I’ve read in recent memory, and half the time I felt like I was on some sort of erotic literary acid trip (in a good way!) The way the action came together and all the characters it kept me captivated, even though there were times where I worried the story had gone off track. It always managed to get reeled back in, and by the last quarter or so of the novel my fingers were turning the pages like crazy! I had to see what would happen next and even though I was hoping for a bit more of a different ending, the resolution was appropriate. I’d recommend this book for fans of epic scifi- Fantasy, but it would also appeal to readers who like anything different that makes them think outside the box for a bit and with beautiful writing and a captivating romance with strong leads.
NikkyH7117 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars "The Moreva of Astoreth” had such great FLOW from beginning to end. Never a dull moment, and every scene smoothly transitioned to the next, making it really hard to ever put down, as I was always totally engrossed in this story. And wow, what a creative and original plot! I’m so impressed with this author Roxanne Bland, and I love how she brings so many cool elements together in an awesome mesh of complex emotional and intellectual drama, action, mind bending settings and characters, and a great cohesive storyline tying it all together which is no easy feat, especially with a novel on this scale and magnitude. If you are looking for something that will take you away to another time and place and make you FEEL something… love, anger, horror, satisfaction.. this one will not disappoint.
SBEACHER More than 1 year ago
I don’t really know how to best describe or sum up “The Moreva of Astoreth” by Roxanne Blane because I have a lot of conflicting impressions about it. Some parts I thought were simply amazing and perfectly executed, beautifully written and profoundly emotional—surprisingly so. Sometimes I felt that the story seemed to lose focus and wandered all over the place. There was a dark element that was powerful, and spoke to me on a deeper level than just a run-of-the-mill fantasy. There were great characters who added to the plot and tension, but many who just seemed to take up space and I didn’t feel enough of a connection. In the beginning it took me a long time to feel grounded in the story and get a feel for what was going on, but I do commend Ms. Bland for the way she gradually did the world building, as opposed to dumping it all on us at once. The world building was wonderful. When I was done, I will say that I enjoyed the experience and I would read more books by here if there are some.
JeanOJO More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I thought “The Moreva of Astoreth” by Roxanne Bland was simply marvelous and had many of my favorite themes and elements of my favorite types of fantasy novels. However I did feel that at times the pace slowed down a lot, and I found myself skipping ahead at some places, but there was so much going on, I was never bored, just anxious to move faster to where more action was happening (if that makes any sense). But there was a nice balance with narrative and dialogue, and I was happy with how the characters were the ones to pull the story forward… not once did I feel like the story was being told to me, but I was a part of this world the whole time and experiencing it in real time through the Moreva Tehi’s eyes, for better or worse. I felt a real connection to this amazing, tragic, treacherous world the author created and to the unforgettable characters, and aside from the occasional slow pace and eye-popping rituals, I thought it was a wonderful read that I will remember for some time.
MarcellaGonz More than 1 year ago
although not my normal cup of tea, “The Moreva of Astoreth” from Roxanne Bland delivers on the things I like in a book – great writing, vivid, atmospheric scenery that transports me to another time and place, characters I can connect to on some level, and plots that are complex enough to challenge me and make me think, but not so convoluted so that I need to be taking notes as I go along (although I do admit to losing track of some characters from time to time…)This is a long novel, one that is driven by character and drama, not just action. Fascinating characters – loved The Moreva, but also really liked Teger, Eresh, Hyme, and even the Most Holy One was well done, even if she’s hard to like at times. This book is hard to describe…. you just have to experience it for yourself. I loved the ending and was happy to see that this is a standalone novel, not part of a series which is a nice change. But I would like to read more from Roxanne Bland someday!
RepoManJM More than 1 year ago
"The Moreva of Astoreth” by Roxanne Bland was an enchanting and magical read that will appeal to lovers of fantasy and science fiction alike. It is highly inventive and imaginative, with clear, crisp writing and an engaging tone. All the characters stand out in their own ways, and are fully realized and not simply stock characters; in fact quite the opposite. While there are some issues in terms of execution, where there was many instances of slow “telling” of minutiae with Tehi’s life that did nothing to progress the storyline and dragged the pacing to a near halt, Bland tells her own story in a fresh way that makes the Moreva’s journey unpredictable and interesting… and downright erotic/spicy. Warning, it is not a short book by any means, so be prepared to spend some time, nor is it for the easily offended or younger readers. But in my mind it was highly worth it and I almost wished it were longer!
SherriWarner More than 1 year ago
"The Moreva of Astoreth” by Roxanne Bland was an interesting mix of fantasy, romance, action, high-stakes drama, and dare I say, a scientific mystery? I can’t quite say that I’ve ever really read anything like it before, and it took me awhile to become fully invested in the book, I loved the level of detailing and thought to the character development… There are many complex subplots woven throughout and while this is a pretty long book, it was enjoyable and very well written. Can see fantasy/sci fans really liking it, even those who maybe it’s not their thing, there is a lot of emotional engagement and fun storylines (bordering on bizarre at times), and has a great romantic, even erotic, element. Probably best suited for adults as there is some language and adult content.
JGoldmanJG More than 1 year ago
In “The Moreva of Astoreth” Author Roxanne creates a wonderful world that once we visit, we don’t want to leave anytime soon! Some of the best characters (species, Goddesses, whatever..) I’ve encountered in a long time, anywhere, and I thought the descriptions and characters were wonderful, and could picture everything happening perfectly. I think the story as a whole could have benefitted from some tightening, and at times it seemed to lose some focus. But the sex and ritual scenes were so dramatic and paced well – usually I skip those because they are repetitive or poorly written (or in an unbelievable manner) but these really added to the plot and character development- especially with Tehi. Was satisfied with the ending and almost wished there was more. A worthy addition to the sci/fi-fantasy genre and a recommend read for adults.
TabithaP1 More than 1 year ago
there were things I loved about this book, “The Moreva of Astoreth” by Roxanne Bland and a few things that I didn’t so much love. First, the writing was great, which is VERY important to me. I read a lot of indie authors and nothing makes me more bonkers than poor editing. This novel was excellently edited as far as I saw. I thought the plot was great, and the tone of the book felt authentic for fantasy-style. The pacing was mostly solid – a bit on the slower side at times and could have used more action other times, but the characters felt real and three dimensional. The world-building was inspired and picturesque, and described in vivid and creative way. What I didn’t like, however, was the fact that I felt the real action took too long to really get started, and that a good portion of the beginning feels like things were too slow. Took too long to feel real tension or high stakes, like where I felt I had to keep reading to find out what would happen next. And at times I wondered if we really needed so many characters because they seemed to get lost in the mix. And some parts felt really dark and twisted. Disturbing, for lack of a better word.. But it does pack an emotional punch and has a whole lot of story in these pages unlike any I’ve ever read before. Recommend for adult fans only.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I personally think that “The Moreva of Astoreth” by Roxanne Bland is one of those rare books that will appeal to fantasy and non-fantasy fans alike (like how everyone loves “Star Wars” even if you aren’t a science fiction geek). It just tells a darn good story and comes at you from so many different angles you don’t even know what hits you…. Bland demonstrates considerable talent for penning a fabulous fantasy that almost anyone who reads it will connect to. It has a good, positive message, secrets, danger, action, intrigue, and amazing characters and such great energy! I chuckled at several points, and almost cried at others. I think the author is highly creative and has beautiful, passionate narration skills and can deliver the emotional payoff when it really matters. So even if you aren’t a die-hard fantasy fan, give it a try – you won’t be disappointed.
-Cale-Owens- More than 1 year ago
Brilliantly crafted and written, “The Moreva of Astoreth” by author Roxanne Bland is the first book I’ve read by this author but she is certainly an author I will be keeping an eye on in the future. This world she creates here is impressively conceived, and I was pleased with the level of character development throughout. The plots are complex and intelligent, yet quirky enough to keep you hooked. There are several big reveals that continue to shift the dynamic of the storyline in unexpected ways, something that even a jaded reader like myself can fully appreciate and still be shocked by. This is great because nothing I hate more than predictable clichés. I would also like to commend the level of professionalism in this novel, from the cool cover, to the formatting, to the editing and the overall execution– all top notch. Looking forward to more great stories from Roxanne Bland and will be recommending to my friends.