by P. C. Cast

May 2008
ISBN: 978-0-425-22137
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Trade Paperback

Author P.C. Cast brings readers another story in her humorous world of gods and goddesses.

Achilles is given a choice: Either live a long life filled with peace and love then die an unknown or burn bright and fierce for a short time then die notorious. His mother pleads with him to choose wisely but such as typical of the young, he chose rashly. Achilles will live the violent life of a warrior. His fate is to never know the love of a family of his very own.

The goddesses Venus, Hera, and Athena are tired of the Trojan war. They hate the fact they were blamed for it throughout history. They blame Achilles and his love for fighting. As they try to find a way to end the war the goddesses remember the prayers of Achillesí mother on that fateful day her son chose his lot in life. With a little meddling in destinies they find a way to solve everyoneís problems. If you want a job done right send in a woman. Thatís exactly what Venus does.

Kat has no idea she is Olympus bound when she and her friend leave a party one night. Neither do the women know their lives on earth will end in a fatal car accident. Fortunately for them, Venus is there to whisk their spirits away to new bodies in a new time. Kat agrees to the goddesses plan to distract Achilles from the war in exchange for the promise that she and Jacky will be able to return to their own time afterwards. It seems like a clear cut deal to Kat. However, she didnít expect to fall for the berserker Achilles. Can love conquer all and change fate or will the curse prevail and doom them both to a life without their soul mate?

Castís tongue-in-cheek mythology is a funnier version than what I studied in school. Hera, Athena, and Venus are more interesting in this authorís version. Itís too bad really, that the author chose to give her main characters such filthy mouths. I understand she wanted to show Kat as an assertive modern woman, a strong woman to stand toe to toe with Achilles. In my opinion, the excessive foul language only served to dumb down the heroine and ruin an otherwise entertaining novel.

Reviewed in July 2008 by Rho.

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