Monday, 23 November 2015

{Review} Satyr from the Shadows (The Cursed Satyroi #3) by Rebekah Lewis

25753595Posted by Melanie
Release Date: July 31st, 2015 
Finished Date: September 22nd, 2015
Publishers: Self Published
Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Source: For Review
Format: eBook
Pages: 358
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US 
 
Long ago, a nymph fell in love with a mere mortal destined to become a legendary hero. Until the gods saw fit to tear them apart and tamper with fate.

Everyone has heard the story of Daphne and Apollo, of her transformation into a laurel tree to escape his obsession. If only it were so simple. Held prisoner for thousands of years, Daphne is close to death until a last minute rescuer smuggles her out of Olympus and to Melancton, the satyr she loves.

Melancton has always preferred to be on his own, keeping to the shadows and maintaining a stoic appearance. Only Daphne can be the light to his darkness, and now that she's returned, the fear of losing her again shakes him. With grave danger lurking on the horizon, Melancton and the satyrs of The Aegean Inn prepare for battle, but the odds are stacked against them.

Meanwhile, Apollo enlists the aid of Dionysus in his determination to reclaim Daphne and punish those responsible for her disappearance. Is it possible to survive the fury of the gods?

The Review: This is the book in the series that I had been waiting for! Throughout the series we have been given snippets of the relationship between Melancton and Daphne – but never did I see the tragedy that their relationship was. I think readers of this series always knew that there was something more to Melancton than being one of Dionysus’s puppets and in the last book we see him make a devastating sacrifice for the sake of one of Pan’s Satyrs; he swore that he would stop trying to rescue Daphne (the nymph he loves) from Apollo otherwise he would forfeit his life. Hermes sees that Melancton has doomed himself for the sake of anothers’ happiness and decides to take matters into his own hands, goes to Olympus and frees Daphne from her prison and delivering her straight into Melancton’s bed. Obviously Apollo is furious - even if he doesn’t know who really took her – and with the help of Dionysus, he gains the aid of someone who track down anything. So he sets out to find Daphne, return her to his temple and kill Melancton in the process for reneging on their deal. Will the lovers survive or will Daphne be doomed to become one with the tree again? So, as I said – I have been waiting for this book. Melancton is quite the multi-layered man/satyr; He loves Daphne and would do anything to protect her – especially from Apollo – but has sort of given up hope of ever having her back in his arms. Some of the lengths he goes to for that love are totally heartbreaking which shows the depth of his love and faithfulness. He has spent centuries without her and that has made him a shell of what he could truly be. The same with Daphne; rather than give into Apollo and sleep with him, she starts to become one with a tree that she has been chained to for over 1500 yrs, longing for Melancton but determined never to be with Apollo for the wrong reasons. She too suffers for her love in a heartbreaking way and has given up because she doesn’t see a way out. When they are reunited , you see a change start to happen in both of them; first of all they must learn to be with each other again; then they both have some hang ups to clear up between each other. It’s clear that they love each other and that is shown in the good amount of sexytime between the pair. The story was really good. One of the things I loved was that we are given their full story, told through flashbacks that give a real insight into how they both found themselves to be in their current predicaments. I also liked that we see some of the time that Daphne spent with Apollo too, definitely a battle of wills. We have two major threads going on in the book – Melancton and Daphne reuniting – that was really good, they had to learn through each other and make exceptions for what each had gone through and there were some very sad moments that really pulled at the heartstrings. Then we have Apollo and his mysterious helper, traipsing about the world in an effort to find the lovers. When we are in Apollo’s POV we learn about his reasons for taking Daphne and why he wouldn’t let her go. It felt like he was going through some sort of precess to be able to let her go. I enjoyed the insight into Apollo’s mind but nothing will prepare you for the final showdown… it was shocking, it was brutal and violent with a solemnness that will affect most involved. I’m curious to see where things will go now especially for the new comer and a certain satyr – could that be the next couple? The author sure knows how to reel a girl in with these smexy satyrs! This was a great addition to the series though and I enjoyed it very much. 

4.5 stars!  

Thank you to Rebekah Lewis for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 
 

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