4 out of 4 stars
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To what extent do you agree with this statement? If you ask me, my answer will be I don't know until I'm placed in that situation.Marriage was not about love; it was about assuring the family line.
Apollo's Raven is the first book in the Apollo's Raven series. It is based on a blend of history and mythology of Southeast Celtic tribes in Britain before the invasion of the Roman Emperor Claudius in 43 AD. Kudos to the author for masterfully weaves a fictional tale out of her historical research on Ancient Rome and Brittania. The descriptive language used by the author is the cherry on the cake.
This book is written from the multiple points of the characters' view which enables me to know their reasoning behind a character's decision hence improves my enjoyment in reading this book.
I enjoyed reading Catrin's and Marcellus' point of views. To each of them are ordered by their own father to seduce another to obtain information. Regardless of their doubts raised by their fathers, their bonding gradually caused the unstoppable connection toward each other which eventually blooming into forbidden love.
Do Catrin and Marcellus are selfish enough to forsake their family and people just to run to each other's arms? or do they be an obedient child to do what is expected out of them by their parents for assuring the family line and for political alliance? You will find out more by reading this book.
The best thing I have learned from reading this book is people are not usually on what they claimed to be. A person may appear to be helping you out of your misery and give 'sound advice' to you which in the end will be proven to be the greatest affliction in your utmost time of need; helping you is meant to slowly break you down and advising you is meant to your greatest adversary. This is a good point to be emphasised in order for us to be aware of the wolf in a sheep's clothing.
Throughout my reading of this book, I find the errors in punctuation, grammar, and the format of this book is nonexistent. So, I figured this book to be professionally edited.
I am rating this book 4 out of 4 stars for the descriptive language used, written from multiple points of view, for the unpredictability, and for the professional editing of this book. Aside from what I loved about this book, I also feel obligated to point out my dislike of this book which is regarding the child raping and children sacrifice. However, I felt relief that the author kept this at minimal which is why I don't remove 1 star from my rating. Plus, what I like about this book is greater than my dislike.
I recommend this book to those who enjoy reading historical fiction when Roman was the dominant empire, fantasy, enjoy reading about forbidden love, and to those who are into mythology. Be aware that if you can't stomach reading about children abuse though at minimal, then this book is not for you.
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