Verses of Athine
The Daughter of Ares Chronicles
Publisher: Obsidian Poet Press
Date of Publication: April 2013
Number of pages: 358
Word Count: 97,100
Cover Artist: Shannon McRoberts
Book Trailers: http://www.youtube.com/user/shannonmcroberts
Take what you know about mythology and throw it out the window….
Do you have any idea what Zeus, Odin, Pandora’s Box, Atlantis, Machu Picchu, Hera, Nike, Dragons, Vlad, Clones, and Vampires have in common? Athine does!
Athine is not your ordinary immortal born goddess. Learn of her mysterious origins, learn why Zeus hates her so much, find out where vampires come from, and learn what really happened to the dragons.
The Daughter of Ares Chronicles follows Athine as she uncovers the secrets of her destiny while interacting with key figures from many mythologies.
This printed version contains novellas one through four in one complete edition.
“Athine, hold the sword in one hand and cast a spell with the other!” My mother, Raelin, was always barking orders. It was always practice and then practice some more. Didn’t she know how bored I was? I had been practicing for eons to protect a land that was at peace. I could cast magic with my eyes closed and my fighting skills were second nature to me. Why did I need to practice so much if my skills were already honed?
“Mother, this is useless. No one has attacked Olympus, Draosia, or Ximira for several centuries. Why must I keep practicing to be a protector of the lands with these poorly made weapons? They break when I use them. How can I possibly fight with this stick?”
“Athine, you are a goddess of war born from three different bloodlines. You must to live up to your legacy. That is why you have to keep practicing. I do not know why the weapons keep breaking. Maybe if you focused more on using your Sh’cersay and less on your poor attitude the weapons would perform better.”
Ah yes, my ever present poor attitude. Perhaps it was borne out of sheer boredom. I had no desire to be a warrior protector. That was supposed to be my mother’s job. Yet, she kept trying to make it mine. Something about a vision or prophecy; I never really paid attention.
“Athine, stop day dreaming. Andraste and Sabrina will be here tomorrow for your A’samrad. Do you want to embarrass your grandmother by not completing the rite of passage? As a potential ruler of Ximira and maybe even Olympus you are expected to do well. Anything less would be an embarrassment to the bloodlines; all three of them.”
“Embarrassment? Potential ruler? Has anyone asked me if I cared lately? I practice day in and day out just for the possibility that I may be ruler of a humdrum, peaceful country. Maybe if I did fail the A’samrad you all would let me be. I have no desire to be a ruler. I do not care that my entire family is of noble immortals that love to rule. I want to see other worlds. I want to live a life of adventure.”
How much clearer could I get? I had no desire to rule any of these lands, yet they all hoped I would rule one day. Any of my other siblings, cousins, aunts, or uncles would love to play this role. I was meant for so much more, but alas no, becoming a “ruler” keeps being dumped on my lap. I secretly wished I could fail the A’samrad and become an embarrassment. That way I could go off on an adventure and discover what lay beyond the walls of our palace. I knew there were harsher worlds out there ready for me to conquer. I just had to get out of this world to find them.
What an interesting take on mytholgy. And holy goodness is it complicated. HA! Everything you thought you knew, just throw it out the window for a little while. Things are wacky cool. I actually learned a few things about some of the myths, and maybe it’s not your normal telling, but I sure enjoyed it.
Athine is a deterimined rule breaker. She is supposed to be a warrior, except she doesn’t want that. She also doesn’t want power, or to rule, yet she seems to be destined to do just that. Her family is either dead set on making her do these things, or wants to take the power. LOL Yeah, life is a little complicated.
The writing was flawless. I also realized that this is not the beginning of the series. So, I got book one, to see how it all started. But I had already become immersed in this one to stop. It’s really interesting. And I know my review seems short, but I am trying really hard to find ways to talk about it without literally telling you major spoilers. This is harder than usual 🙂 So, I will now say, you should just check it out. It’s an excellent story. It’s so unique you’ll have a blast figuring out how all the mythology comes into play, and it’ll make you think about all the old originals, and which one may be right. 🙂 Hehehe a little conspiracy is always fun! So, get it. 4.5 FANTASY AND MYTHOLOGY-RIDDLED PAWS!
First, tell me a little about your book….
Take what you know about mythology and throw it out the window….
Verses of Athine follows my character, Athine, through her life and the trials she faces in finding her destiny. It is full of mythological characters that you *think* you know, but may surprise you.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
The Secret of Genetic Corp X was my first book. I had always wanted to write a book and finally it just happened. It took several years of scribbling in a notebook and writing/re-writing, but the final edits were put in the book for paper in 2013. I originally just started with one question…what if you had no sense of self? That is what sparked the premise of the book.
How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
I have only killed off one major character per say and it was just the right thing to do. It fit with the new mythology I was weaving. I try not to kill off anyone that is a huge character, but sometimes characters are written just to die in my world. And sometimes they die only to come back again….
Who do you look up to as a writer?
I admire Quinn Loftis and what she has created. She’s really nice to talk to and although I’ve only spoken to her on Facebook she never fails to answer…which is kind of surreal to me b/c I see her books all over the place these days!
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Not at this point and time. Why? Because I just changed everything! Verses of Athine is the book I wanted and the cover I wanted. I started writing The Daughter of Ares Chronicles back in 2009 and at that time it was only going to be one installment. So, it is kind of neat to see that only 4 years later I have the polished book I wanted with a complete story arc. Is it perfect in every way? No, but nobody is and no book is perfect no matter who publishes it. As I say— we as writers are human and prone to mistakes even if the characters we create are not human 🙂
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finding time to do it between a full time job and my fantasy art creation!
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
Well yes, I helped them….I did it myself J I got into 3D art and Poser specifically for my book covers. That took off in a completely new direction as not only do I create my covers and fantasy art that I sell, but I’ve also created illustrations for other’s books. It isn’t for everyone, but I think it is pretty neat.
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
I would want to be Athine. She has it going on, cool weapons, and a world at her control. She’s also smart, strong, and strong willed.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I would like to thank everyone that takes the time to read the whole book. Even those that don’t enjoy it. The whole reason artists of any kind create is so they can share with others. If no one bothers to look at/read it/listen to it then we have failed.
About the Author:
My name is Shannon McRoberts. I am an independent artist, author, and poet. I have been self-publishing books of all kinds since 2005. My first book was a poetry book called Poetry for the Chronically Heart Broken and Depressed. That book has since been replaced with a more robust collection called Erosion of the Heart. I am currently working on bringing this book to paper format and expanded distribution through Smashwords.
My first ever sci-fi book, The Secret of Genetic Corp X, has been compared to Blade Runner. I am also currently working on having this book brought back to a paper edition.
My favorite series, The Daughter of Ares Chronicles, features Athine, an immortal born goddess that I created for the series. In this series, I take mythologies of all kinds and turn them on their ears!
When I am not working or creating fantasy worlds for my characters to live in I enjoy being lost in MMORPGs, good books, and in the company of my friends and family.
I currently live in Kentucky with my wonderful husband and beautiful daughter.