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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Review: Child of War: Rising Son by Lisa Beth Darling!

On the verge of manhood, Raven's rampage continues as he begins the difficult path to Acceptance by his fellow Olympians. Out to prove he's as good, if not better than, any of them he bests the Trials set before him by Hades and Poseidon. This isn't enough for him, in his quest to prove to his Father, Ares, that he is an Olympian Raven preys upon the Mortals below Olympus in a time of great weakness. Settling for nothing less than Chaos, he enlists the aid of his Uncle Apollo and pushes the Mortals to pure anarchy when a global financial crisis leaves the entire world destitute, in ruins, and at each other's throats. Ready to conquer his Trials, take his place at the Counsel Table, and bring Ares the glory Cernunnos once prophesized, only one thing stands in his way; the night his Mother fell down the stairs.

Alena, her body asleep in Ares' bed for four long years, is lost deep in the clutches of a never-ending dream induced by Morpheus. After years of living an illusion and becoming Morpheus Wife, Alena discovers his deception and struggles to escape her prison. Morpheus has no intentions of ever letting her go. He'll fight to the death to keep her.

Apollo, ever the Man Behind the Curtain, pulls Raven's strings like a true puppet master. It's far too late when Raven realizes all he's done to please his Father actually makes Ares look guilty of destroying the Mortal World. A little Chaos and a little Anarchy aren't enough for the Golden God, in his on-going quest to destroy Ares, Apollo sets a plague loose upon the Earth. A bio-chemical weapon stolen from the United States Government at Area 51, known commonly as Major Falls. By the time the Olympians discover what's going on twenty million people are dead with the number multiplying exponentially every day.

With only one option left to each of them, Raven and Alena turn to their unlikeliest of enemies-- Aphrodite and Apollo for help. One night in the bed of the Goddess of Love can be painful but one night in the bed of the Golden God can kill and destroy all that Ares and Alena have built and endured. To ensure that her beloved Husband and her Son are not put to death she may have no other choice.

My Review:
I have been a hardcore fan of this series since book one. I'll never be more thankful for the person that introduced me to these books. (thankyouthankyouthankyou, Ronda!) My love for the story and all its characters has continued to increase as the series has progressed. Knowing only one book (and one short story) remains in the series saddens me greatly, but it also excites me. I have no clue what I'll do once it's finally over because the OF WAR series is one of my top three favorite series, but everyone deserves their happy ending...or not so happy ending. *evil smirk*

Every time I read these books it's just as magical and powerful and devastating as it was the first time around. The same events still make me smile, cringe, or cry. That's how you know this is an amazing series.With Lisa's wonderful writing, that reads more like a movie in your head, there is never a dull moment. There's murder, betrayal, hot sex, action, sea monsters, and more! What more could you want? Add in the rich Mythology and you have a story that truly shines.

Book 3, Child of War: Rising Son, is yet another captivating installment in the Of War series. It's still the gritty, sexy, roller coaster ride we've all grown to know and love, only better.The story line is even more complex,  more entertaining, more heart-warming!  Motives are being revealed, secrets exposed, and chaos has been unleashed in the Mortal world!

CoW:RS sets up for what is sure to be a mind-blowing ending to an already epic series. Bring it on!


Happy Reading! 

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