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Wednesday, September 28

Review: Broken God by Nazarea Andrews

Title: Broken God
By: Nazarea Andrews
My Copy: Ebook from Publisher
The BookWhisperer's Rating: 

Power is a strange and broken thing.

He was the sun god, the god of healing and song.
And prophecy.
Apollo has lived alone for centuries, content to spin out the years wandering a new and strange world, lost in the past and endless versions of the future. He has cut all ties with the remains of Olympus and his power, and hidden himself in humanity.
His twin thinks he’s depressed, spending his time in coffee shops, hospital waiting rooms, and concert halls…and nothing matters. Not really.
Until her.
Iris. With her teasing mouth and soulful music and eyes that remind him of the past.
He can’t resist her smile.
A girl as wild as he was, once, with a poet’s tongue and the body of a siren, who for one night makes him forget all the years and everything he gave up.
And he can’t stop fate.
Gods knows he’s tried.
He can’t help taking her.
Even if he knows better.
When Iris wakes up screaming, caught up in visions of the future, Apollo realizes that he didn’t leave his power quite as far behind as he thought.
He’s the god of prophecy and he’s been running from it, for centuries.
Iris is everything he has to avoid.
Now he has a furious Oracle on his hands, his sister trying to fix him, and someone is killing the gods.
It’s not just his tenuous sanity that hangs in the balance this time.
It’s all of Olympus.
Godhood really wasn’t supposed to be this hard.


What I will always state when reviewing Nazarea Andrew’s books…is that I ADORE her!  Every book that she has, I have been swept away in.  N has an amazing ability to take our common world and twist into an amazing, almost unrecognizable existence.  Like I said, I adore her! And I really adored Broken God.  N wrote such a unique take on the gods of Olympus, Apollo, and death ultimate of the Olympians. 

Apollo is broken.  Not only the god of the sun but also prophecy, he took back his powers from Del a long time ago when she saw the fall of the Olympians.  He spends the first part of the book in and out of sanity, spitting out prophecies to anyone around him and trying his best not to let the three sister’s woven future come true. 

N’s version of Apollo is the best that I have read.  He isn’t as arrogant as history tells us. His love for his sister is touching.  Most gods didn’t depend on each other but in this case, Apollo and Artie looked out for each other.  It gave Apollo a more human characteristic and set him apart from all the others. It was nice reading about a god who didn’t want to control the mortals but just wanted to live amongst them and soak up their songs. 

The one character that I just couldn’t back was Iris.  It might be a shock to some but she and I didn’t click.  I didn’t see what she possessed that drew Apollo into her web.  Nor did I like her once their lives were entangled with each other.   And I can’t put my finger on it.  Maybe it was because she wasn’t like his other Dels that N spoiled me with.  Maybe it was because she seemed so distance…I just don’t know and it is driving me mad. 


But all that aside, Broken God is a dashing story.  In true N fashion, it is more about the story behind the characters than it is a romance story (although there is a sprinkling of romance.)  A reimagined world, with ancient gods living among mortals and waiting for their death.

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