Released 10 April 2014
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An alternative London, brought to its knees by poverty and crime, where the influence of Ancient Greece survives to the modern day. While the majority of England remains a secular society, the Cult of Artemis is very much known and, indeed, revered by much of the populace. When scandal starts to threaten the Cult of Artemis, as Aura begins to learn the disturbing truth behind the group, she is forced to reconsider both her beliefs and her role within the group.
The extent of the Ancient Greek influence on London society is fascinating, with the smallest ripples and changes some of the most curious. Artemis statues adorn mantelpieces, and even Churchill has consulted an oracle. While the book is primarily a fast-paced journey filled with discovery, even the smallest descriptive touches make a great deal of difference to its world. It would be fascinating to learn more about what life in Goddess’ England is like, and a sequel, or another book set in the same world, would be the perfect way to explore this.
The relationship between Aura and Aiden, described in the publisher’s blurb as the ‘rebellious son of a cult insider’, is curious. It is hard to imagine what life would be like if you were to be a member of a secretive cult, never mind if that was the only life that you knew. As the book progresses, Aura’s experiences grow more diverse and she begins to see some hint of the life of ordinary men and women in London. This metamorphosis provides both the basis for the book and also, sadly, an aspect that I wish had some more depth. The extent to which romance should be the focus of a YA book is a personal choice, and usually in my reading habits I err towards the side of caution, but in this case, I would have loved to learn more of what happened – or did not – between them.
As this review draws to a close, the ending of this book must be discussed. No spoilers, I promise! It felt a little rushed, the way that this wonderful book suddenly and in quite a passive way told us the fate of its characters. Just a little bit longer in that world, just a few more chapters, would have made this book even stronger.
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