Monday, June 20, 2016

Review: Unchained (Eternal Guardians #8.5) by Elisabeth Naughton #MoniqueReviews

Unchained by Elisabeth Naughton

Unchained (Eternal Guardians #8.5) by Elisabeth Naughton
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Unchained by Elisabeth Naughton blurb

DW Team ReviewPrometheus has been roaming the halls of his castle for the past 25 years. After making many costly mistakes, and angering the powerful god Zeus, Prometheus chose solitude. However, when he starts hearing voices, he wonders if he hasn’t been alone too long. The female voice keeps saying she’s waiting for him. He then glimpses a form, and female laughter; the redheaded woman his imagination had conjured is real, well almost. The woman promises to help him have his revenge against Zeus, if he helps her. She tells him her name is Keia, but it is in reality Circe…

Unchained is the latest in the long-running Eternal Guardians series, and this novella works perfectly well as a standalone. Ms. Naughton successfully combines ancient Greek mythology and the 21st century; I really enjoyed the mix, particularly in the dialogues, dude! The author has created an intricate world-building, which remains crystal clear even if one isn’t familiar with the other books in the series or even Greek mythology.

Unchained, in spite of being rather short, presents a complete story, surprisingly fully developed characters, with enough room for growth, especially in Circe’s case, and quite a bit of action, as well as detailed backstories on Circe, Prometheus, and Zeus. I think one of the main reasons why this novella works so well is that it’s full of movement and colour. Ms. Naughton’s descriptions are so crisp and vivid, that few words are needed to convey what is happening, thus no time is wasted. The characters are totally unique and positively fascinating: the Sirens are something else, but nothing compared to the delectably evil Zeus; he’s truly evil but absolutely mesmerising. Unchained is a captivating and magical story, where a lovely romance blooms and we are – facetiously – told in what consists a Greek god!

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  1. Hi Monique

    Welcome and what a great review I have heard a lot of good things about this series for a while now I should perhaps get a start with this one :)

    Have Fun

    1. There are so many books and series to start or continue. It's hard to keep up, but this is a good one.

  2. Monique, welcome to the team. Great to have you here.