Release Date: January 2015.
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia.
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Zephyr Mourning has never been very good at being a Harpy. She’d rather watch reality TV than learn forty-seven ways to kill a man, and she pretty much sucks at wielding magic. Zephyr was ready for a future pretending to be a normal human instead of a half-god assassin. But all that changes when her sister is murdered—and she uses a forbidden dark power to save herself from the same fate.
Zephyr is on the run from a punishment worse than death when an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend (a surprisingly HOT friend) changes everything. Because it seems like Zephyr might just be the Nyx, a dark goddess made flesh that is prophesied to change the power balance. For hundreds of years the half-gods have lived in fear, and Zephyr is supposed to change that.
But how is she supposed to save everyone when she can’t even save herself?
I loved this book. Once I started reading it I was quickly drawn in and then I devoured it. Justina provides us with a fresh twists on the Greek gods, and I loved seeing them in a modern setting. This is a dark fantasy but with a thread of humour that balanced it out perfectly.
Zephyr Mourning is a Godslayer.
The gods aren’t supposed to be able to be killed, but when one of them murders her sister, Zephyr accidentally kills one, and all the other gods and goddesses want to know how.
Zephyr is sentenced to Tartarus (hell), where her wings are stripped. She is a failed Harpy, and hadn’t been interested in killing before she had to. But soon she finds out she is destined for much greater things. She is said to be the Nyx, the saviour of her people. Dark magic pulses through her veins and it is only with that magic that she can free her people from the wicked plans of Hera.
All her life she has felt like a failure, so it was hard for her to accept she might be the saviour her people are waiting for. Although she is plagued with self doubt, she has a great support group surrounding her. The friendship between Zephyr and her best friend Cass was fantastic. Cass was willing to do anything to help Zephyr, and Zephyr stands by Cass even though others are suspicious of her because of what she is.
There is a romantic thread, which I adored. It wasn’t at the forefront but Zephyr had a lot on her plate and didn’t have a lot of time to focus on romance. And for those of you opposed to love triangles you will be happy to know that there isn’t one.
Promise of Shadows is a fantastic fantasy. Zephyr felt real to me, as did the other characters. There was plenty of action and some pretty awesome fight scenes where Zephyr unleashes her powers. I highly recommend it, especially for those of you who like fantasy that is both dark and funny.
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