Monday, January 25, 2016

The Moreva of Astoreth by Roxanne Bland

The Moreva of AstorethBook Description:
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.

My Thoughts:
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.