A tragic love story.
Two thousand years before Dez Harkly developed her secret powers, Guardian Astarte was vowed to protect by the binds enslaving her to the Egyptian pharaohs. Discover the prophecy that originated from a very different time, and spans generations to link two very different girls.
This is the beginning.
Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarion her duty, he’s the son of Cleopatra, and he’s human. All of which makes their love forbidden.
But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar creeps into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythan free themselves of their servitude, and protecting her charge—the last pharaoh—while Egypt burns around her.
New Adult/Mature YA: sexual content, drinking, drugs, violence, language, death, and other mature content intended for readers 17 and older. Astarte's Wrath is a companion novel to Destiny's Fire, but can be read as a standalone novel.
When I began reading Astarte's Wrath I had such a hard time with the first chapter. Not sure what it was really, but I reread chapter one and a little of two about three times before I was finally able to keep moving. I think it might have been the mood I was in, but I am so happy I did not give up. It's one of those stories that you just have no idea what to expect. The story opens up with an immediate action scene, but still I was hesitant and a little worried honestly. I love Trisha Wolfe's books. I didn't want this to be the one that I say eh, wasn't her best work. I don't ever want to say that about any of her books. I love the way she can tell a story.
This book took me by surprise so much so that I am still thinking about it and its days later. It was very emotional, but so action packed I had no idea which way I was being pulled. Then, the tears came. I was on one big emotional roller coaster while reading and loving every word. Star was such a kick-ass character and I loved how she jumped right in front of any battle without fear. She knew she had to protect the Prince at all cost.
The romance was PERFECT! It was forbidden in every way, exciting, sweet, swoon worthy, PERFECT!
Astarte’s Wrath is also a first for me. I've never read anything with Egyptian Mythology. Trisha Wolfe did an excellent job bringing everything to life. I had a crystal clear picture on everything. The ending to this book left me with my mouth open. I cried a little and got a little angry, but in the end I am happy with the results and feel it was perfect. It broke the mode therefore making Astarte’s Wrath a refreshing read.
If you have not read a book by Trisha Wolfe, I recommend you do. She knows how to entertain her readers and keep you hanging on every word.
This is a huge 5 stars for me!
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Sneak Peek: Bath Scene from Xarion's POV
Star narrows her eyes at me, her full, bottom lip puckering out the way it does when she's in serious thought--and though I'm listening to her words, all I want to do is trap that bottom lip between my teeth. Nip it and caress it with my tongue.
“I knew you'd say that,” she says. “And that is precisely why I didn't want you to know.” She raises her hand from my chest and swipes the wet hair from my forehead. Her body subtly moves against me with this action, and it drives me wild. “A possible retaliation by the guardians is just one more weighted burden on top of the many you already carry. You don't need the added strain. Let me deal with Candra and the Kythan. They're my kindred. As long as I'm their equal--in both power and status--I can protect you.”
This woman--the woman I've loved my entire life--is my protector. She not only guards against physical threats, but watches over my mental wellbeing. But I cannot allow her to carry all my problems alone anymore. I want to be her guardian, to be the one to comfort her when she's fearful, and protect her against this world.
I tilt my head and suck in a deep breath. “This is why you won't be with me.” I want her to admit it. If she finally confesses that our titles and her battle with the right course of action have been the only reasons for her kept affections, then by Gods…help me from laying her out on this tile and taking her--making her mine. I won't stop.
“This is the only reason.” She nods again, and that is all the conformation I need. “Then I refuse to let them keep us apart for one more moment.” I grasp her face between my hands and claim her lips with mine.
Her lips are soft and warm as I achingly coax them into a fevered kiss, unable to hold back my desire for her. I had planned for our first kiss many times, imagined it over and over. The way I would caress her lips slowly and lovingly, conveying my affections. But every emotion I have ever felt for Star rushes to the surface all at once, and I can't slow. I won't. I won't allow her a moment to question our actions, to reconsider us. I'm going to kiss her senseless--kiss the reason right out of her infuriatingly rational head.
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Bio: Trisha Wolfe is the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), the NA Historical/Supernatural ASTARTE'S WRATH, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. Her NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.She's the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies. Check out www.TrishaWolfe.com for more on her books and bonus material. Follow Trisha on Twitter @TrishWolfe and like herFacebook page for updates.