Of Gods and Monsters is a novel that I couldn’t put down, and it very much reminds me of a graphic novel in the vein of Marvel, but it has that episodic feeling of American Boys except it’s the Ancient World. And people in the Ancient World had an odd inkling I would say. They worshipped these violent Gods, but at the same time, they were sort of indifferent to them. I think this novel perfectly captures this. But of course, we still do not have the full access or thoughts of what those people really thought, because we’d need a time machine basically.
I loved the character of Diana, who is a Goddess that seems to regret what she becomes, and we get to see a lot of relationships between different pantheons which I LOVE. I am not a fan of the Ancient Gods turning on each other, however, as that is my preference as someone that likes the classical world. This novel has a 21st-century style and approach, taking characters like Medusa and Artemis more human, giving their perspective. And I love Hades in this novel. There’s a reason he was feared. But there’s also a reason why he is not truly evil compared to what his brothers have done.
It feels like a rich exploration of religion and cultures, and I want Diana to go to different realms. There’s so much that could be explored here. I really enjoyed this novel, and it was really good.
A 10/10 from me!
No Gods, Only Monsters by Steve McHugh
Series: Antiquity Chronicles
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Intended Age Group: Any
Published: May 1, 2022
Publisher: Hidden Realms Publishing LTD (Self Published)
Shown on page:
Diana, the Roman Goddess of the hunt, lives alone on the far edge of the Roman Empire. When an old friend arrives looking for help, Diana finds herself thrust back into her old life, and old problems.
With innocent lives caught in the crossfire, Diana realizes that the only way to ensure the safety of her friends and loved ones is to do what she does best: hunt her enemies down.
(This is our attempt at a bit of fun. We ask our authors to come up with a few short, clever, possibly pop culture laden, descriptions of their books just to give a little taste of what’s to come for readers.)
A Clash of Titans • If Someone Asks if You’re a God, You Say Yes • Wonder Woman
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gods-Only-Monsters-Hellequin-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B09TJDLSN4/
Author Bio & Information:
Steve is a bestselling author of Urban Fantasy. His book, Scorched Shadows, was shortlisted for a Gemmell Award for best novel.
Steve was born in a small village called Mexborough, South Yorkshire, but now lives with his wife and three young daughters in Southampton.
Author Website: https://stevejmchugh.wordpress.com/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Steve-McHugh/e/B007YYWVHA
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