Sunday, June 2, 2013

Review: God's Concubine by Sara Douglass

Title: God's Concubine (The Troy Game #2)
Author: Sara Douglass
Genre: Fantasy - Historical
Media Type: Hard Cover
Published: October 1, 2004
Length: Epic
Reviewer: Jasmyn

From ancient Greece they came, remnants of the glorious Trojans.  Led by Brutus, Kingman, holder of the bands of gold that wield the very magic of the Gods, these travelers are bowed but not broken, and they have come to Albion to begin anew.  A vision of beauty called them to create a new Troy, and when they landed on the shores of the land that became Britain, they found an old magic that was fading.  And so they began to construct a new Labyrinth, a place of magic that will bring unimaginable power to those who can control it.

The temptress who brought Brutus to this land seeks to use him for her own purposes, but in that she fails, for it is the bride of Brutus who dooms the completion of the labyrinth ... and sends all the players in the drama - handsome Brutus, his beautiful wife, Cornelia, and the sensuous and deadly Genvissa - into a hell of death and rebirth, until the Labyrinth is completed and the ancient magic is set free.

A thousand years pass.  Cathedrals rise in place of mud and wattle huts, hymns to saints replace odes to Celtic and Greek gods.  But the magic from the dawn of time waits, and the players are not yet done with their destinies.  They have new faces and new bodies, but old souls - and not all who have come back remember their parts in this drama.  There are kings and princes, deadly court intrigues, and ancient powers awoken.

And a warrior across the sea who only waits for his opportunity to finish what was started centuries before...

A fantastic second book in The Troy Game series. All the players are re-born in the mid 1000's in England - and they all have an agenda, especially Asterion. As characters develop and evolve we get to see how not even a soul must always remain the same. While some make the decision to stay the same, many others make the decision to grow beyond their previous life's hatreds and desires and move forward towards a greater goal. With quite a surprise at the conclusion that left me shocked and hardly able to wait to pick up book 3.

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