Monday, July 11, 2016

The Goddess's Choice by Jamie Marchant

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Title: The Goddess's Choice (Kronicles of Korthlundia #1)
Author: Jamie Marchant
Publisher: Reliquary Press
Publication Date: April 18, 2012
Genre: Fantasy

Samantha’s ability enables her to discern a person’s character through their multi-colored aura, and Robrek’s makes him the strongest healer the kingdom has seen in centuries. But their gifts also endanger their lives. Royals scheme to usurp the throne by marrying or killing Samantha, and priests plot to burn Robrek at the stake. Robrek escapes the priests only to be captured by Samantha’s arch-enemy, Duke Argblutal; Argblutal intends to force the princess to marry him by exploiting Robrek’s powers. To save their own lives and stop the realm from sinking into civil war, Robrek and Samantha must consolidate their powers and unite the people behind them.
 Let me just start out by saying: this book was fantastic! I wasn't sure at first if I would enjoy it; the first chapter involves Robrek, known as Robbie at the beginning, speaking to animals with his mind. My skepticism quickly turned to intrigue as it is revealed that Robrek is an amihealer, or someone who is completely in tune with animals and can heal them. Not everyone saw his gifts for what they were; people were scared of him and some even wanted him dead. His powers only continued to grow as the novel progressed, and it was exciting to see him go from a meek, abused teenager to a confident man. My favorite character in the book by far was Princess Samantha. She was independent, fierce, and not afraid to get her hands dirty. It's always nice to read a book with a truly remarkable female protagonist, and Samantha certainly was. She also had powers; she could read people's auras, although at first she thought she was going crazy. She finally does learn more about her ability, but it does not make things easier. In fact, it makes life harder because she has to keep this fact hidden or the she risks losing everything.

Talk about a power couple, Robrek and Samantha together are a force to be reckoned with. It doesn't start out that way however. Robrek is the son of a farmer and Samantha, being the future Queen of Korthlundia, has to choose someone of nobility to marry. They meet by chance and have an instant connection, but they both know nothing can come from it. It's an exciting journey watching each of them grow and mature, and seeing them tear down the obstacles in their way.

Speaking of obstacles, if you love a book with an incredibly monstrous villain, then you will really appreciate Duke Arblutal. Not only was he a sexual sadist, he also had his sights set on the crown at any cost. He was diabolical, cruel, and calculating. Just when I thought I couldn't hate him anymore than I already did, he would do something even more heinous to outrage me.

I think the hardest part while reading was keeping track of all of the characters. There were a lot, and it got confusing at times. The author was nice enough to put a listing of all of the characters in the back of the book, so if you get a little lost you can quickly remind yourself who's who.

For sensitive people, I feel like I should warn you there are some upsetting scenes. There is a lot of violence throughout, so if this is not something you are into, then this is probably not the book for you.

I don't do ratings usually on this blog, but I have no problem telling you I have rated The Goddess's Choice 5 stars on Goodreads. I simply couldn't put this book down, it was so full of adventure, twists, magic, and romance. If you're in the mood for an amazing fantasy book, then you absolutely have to check out The Goddess's Choice by Jamie Marchant.
If you would like to learn more about author Jamie Marchant, please visit her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for the kind review. I hope you enjoy The Soul Stone just as much.

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    1. Oh no problem! And I'm sure I will love The Soul Stone, can't wait to get started on it!

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  2. Thank you for the kind review. I hope you enjoy The Soul Stone just as much.

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