Here are more great fantasy/supernatural-type fiction novels from Indie authors you won’t want to miss:
- Bellerophon — winning the girl you love isn’t easy, even for a Prince who’s half-man half-god
- Grumpy old Gods — a collection of fun stories about the gods at play in the human world
A note about my reviews: I only post reviews about books I liked so don’t be surprised to see lots of 4/5 and 5/5. If I don’t like the book, I won’t spend time writing about it.
In Cathleen Townsend’s Bellerophon: Son of Poseidon (2019), Prince Bellerophon–affectionately called Lero–is a gift from the gods to an earthly couple. He is half man and half god but raised human with no knowledge of his background. After an unfortunate mistake, he is exiled from Corinth, the city he would have ruled at his father’s death, and forced to make a living by selling his fighting skills to another king. He leaves behind his betrothed who gallantly agrees to wait for him until he can provide enough money to satisfy the required wedding purse. Because he is a talented warrior, he quickly finds a position which works well until politics and jealousy interferes and he is forced to move on. Gathering the money to marry while staying true to himself turns out to be a daunting task, even with the assistance of the gods.
This is a fun story with plenty of twists and unexpected turns. At its core, it is “Boy loves girl and will do what he must to win her” but in its fullness, it is so much more. I recommend this to those who love to see the gods at play in the human world.
by Ronel Janse von Vuuren
Grumpy Old Gods (Stormdance Publications 2019) is an excellent collection of stories written by Indie authors themed to the idea that the gods can be grumpy. All thirteen stories are cleverly original, lightly humorous, and cover the gamut of ways the gods can be grouches as they interact with humans. Some I chuckled over while others, I bit my nails. A few were so gobsmackingly hilarious, I only stopped reading to giggle. Topics deal with human interactions, how the gods play on Earth, the afterlife, a godly game of Risk, and more. Two really caught my attention. “Breaking the Habit” by Ronel Janse von Vuuren is a delightful story of an older god who takes a break from his ethereal responsibilities to cause havoc in an earthly retirement community. The second, “Playing Hooky” by Juneta Key, tells the harrowing tale of how Death’s representative at the offices of Mortality, Chaos, and Conflict (aka Reaper Central) must find a replacement when Death decides he needs a break.
All the stories are quick reads, great for that time between classes or while waiting for the nice Amazon Help folks to take your phone call. Each leaves you wanting the next. Highly recommended for anyone who loves extraordinary tales and has a quirky sense of humor.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, and a freelance journalist. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Quest for Home, Fall 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning