We are back with another CT Ortega review. You may have already seen my reviews for some of his previous works including the Warfare of the Gods series and some of his standalone novels including One Will Die. This time it is another standalone read and we travel to Ancient Greece for a heroic battle for kingdoms.
Ancient Greece, a country filled with rulers vying to keep their power as democracy grows. With a thirst for domination, King Aeneas sends his two best assassins, Adonis and Selene, to the neighboring region of Arcadia in the hope of expanding his reign.
They must kill King Argus.
Adonis, a well-respected captain in the assassin company is loyal to only three things; King Aeneas, his land, and Selene.
His fellow captain, Selene is as cunning as she is beautiful. Her passion for Adonis is only matched by her pursuit of Greek justice.
Both are challenged by their King’s request. Will they remain loyal to the maleficent Ruler, or refuse and deal with the consequences of disobeying the tyrant?
If you have read any of Ortega’s books you will know how much of a joy they are. The world creation and character development is always so beautifully crafted and this one was no exception.
We experience this journey from the eyes of the two main characters, Selene and Adonis, who are both assassins. After being hired by the king to take on a task that could completely change not only the kingdom but the country they have a tough decision to make. Do they stick to their guns and remain loyal to their King, or do they listen to their conscience.
This is a story of adventure, battles both internal ones as well as those fought on a battlefield, self discovery and love.
The characters are superbly written, each of the main characters are portrayed as complex individuals who although both have the same role to play, they each choose a slightly different approach.
We have Adonis, who as you probably can guess takes after his namesake; a chiseled, good looking man. He wears his heart on his sleeve and is not afraid to share his feelings. He is also fiercely loyal to his king and his kingdom and will do anything for them, even if it isn’t necessarily the right thing to do.
Then we have Selene, a dark, extremely talented assassin who has captured Adonis’s attention and his heart. However she is not quite as open with her emotions. She is a bit of a free spirit and although she works for the King, she sees the truth and has her own internal battles as to whether she should follow his orders or listen to her conscience. She is a very intelligent female which also makes her very dangerous. She is stealthy and deadly, a great combination.
As the story progresses we see the interactions between these two increase and their relationship grow and although I would not call it your typical romance pairing, they have a connection which works for both of them, although Adonis appears to feel more for her.
As always there were some brilliant smaller characters including the sexist, bigamist king you can’t help but loathe. You even get a few names you will most likely recognise from history.
The story starts off slow as it sets the scene but soon picks up pace and as you expect from an Ortega novel, the battles are brilliant and brutal and the action is thrilling and tense at times.
This is once again a very character driven story and the arcs and complexity of each one makes this a fantastic read.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Brutal and bloody at times, a nail biting and action packed read, I would highly recommend it.
Much love 💘