Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: Kythan Guardians #2
Published by: Self-Pub
Publication Date: March 2, 2012
A tragic love story.
Two thousand years before Dez Harkly developed her secret powers, Guardian Astarte was vowed to protect by the binds enslaving her to the Egyptian pharaohs. Discover the prophecy that originated from a very different time, and spans generations to link two very different girls.
This is the beginning.
Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarion her duty, he's the son of Cleopatra, and he's human. All of which makes their love forbidden.
But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar creeps into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythan free themselves of their servitude, and protecting her charge - the last pharaoh - while Egypt burns around her.
I am so excited to share Astarte’s Wrath with you all! I read Destiny’s Fire last year and loved it. A lot. I knew Trisha was going to write a sequel, so I waited and waited. Finally, she gave us Astarte’s Wrath. Here’s the thing, though: it’s not technically a sequel. This book is set thousands of years prior to Destiny’s Fire. They are connected, but this could be read as a standalone. I guarantee you won’t be able to read one without the other, though.
Like I said, I read Destiny’s Fire last year, so I didn’t fully remember all the details of the Kythan’s and the different races when I started Astarte’s Wrath. But since this can be a standalone, the author did a great job at explaining everything. Plus, there is a glossary in the back. Don’t worry, it’s not complicated. It’s actually very cool what Trisha did with this book.
Everyone knows who Cleopatra is, right? Astarte’s Wrath is set during the end of her reign. This book is a real time in history, with real people, but the author has infused an awesome fictional story into it. I loved it, because even though you know how the historical aspect of it plays out, the author has provided the details through the main character’s story. I thought the whole thing was brilliant.
Astarte (a.k.a. Star) is Shythe, a race of Kythan. Kythan are shape shifters created by Egyptian sorcerers to protect the pharaohs. Star’s mother was Cleopatra’s guardian and personal handmaiden prior to her death, so Star grew up with Caersarion (Xarion), Cleopatra’s eldest son. Once she was old enough to become a guardian, she was bound to Xarion. Which means she protects him at all costs. I loved Star! She’s strong, fierce, loyal, compassionate, smart… seriously, she’s just an all around awesome character. But Star’s loyalty is tested when she’s offered the freedom of her people at a very high and deadly cost.
I loved the other characters, too! Phoenix and Lunia are Narcolym, the other race of Kythan. Both are royal guards and Star’s closest friends. Phoenix was probably my favorite, though. I couldn’t get enough of his sense of humor and man-whore ways. And then there’s Xarion, the young pharaoh. I adored him and his relationship with Star, especially when they got all steamy.
Astarte’s Wrath has is all: action, romance, humor, twists, betrayal, and great friendships. And yes, I may have shed a tear or two. This is a mature YA, since it has all the fun stuff, like sex, drinking, exposed manhood, etc. My favorite. Hey, they knew how to party back then.
Overall, I have major love for this book. You must read it, even if you haven’t read Destiny’s Fire.