In the world-building spirit of Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey and Ursula K. LeGuin, The Moreva of Astoreth is a blend of science fiction, romance, and adventure in a unique, richly imagined imperialistic society in which gods and science are indelibly intertwined. It is the story of priestess, scientist and healer Moreva Tehi, the headstrong granddaughter of a powerful deity who is banished for a year from her beloved desert home to a volatile far northern corner of Peris for neglecting to perform her sacred duties, only to venture into dangerous realms of banned experimentation, spiritual rebirth, and fervent, forbidden love.
Liked this one! Moreva is a priestess in her granmother's temple. She has to deal with all sorts of 'distasteful' things and gets banished. She and another healer work to find a cure for the Red Fever. In her banishment, she finds companionship and maybe even can still the conflict inside herself.
To be honest, I wasn't sure I was going to like the main character, Moreva, at the start of this. Once the story got going though, I grew to like her more and more. She didn't do what I expected and the pace of the story sped up so you couldn't put it down. I liked that there were multiple elements in the book it wasn't just romance, but fantasy/scifi as well. The romance was done well and I enjoyed the ups and downs, twists and turns through the book.
This was an intriguing read that was a 4/5 for me.
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via PUYB). I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.