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Omega by Lizzy Ford
Series: Omega #1
Published by Smashwords on 25 October 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Source: Xpresso Booktours
Reading Challenges: 2015 New Release Challenge
In a modern world ruled by territorial Greek gods, the human race has been oppressed, exploited and now, nearly destroyed by the constant infighting of gods.
However, a human girl with the power of a goddess is coming of age. Alessandra is the Oracle of Delphi – the last prophesized – and bears the mark of the double omega. Soon after she turns eighteen, Alessandra is told her destiny: to step between the warring gods and the human race and save her world from certain ruin.
For the gods, her appearance marks the beginning of the end – their end. They and the Triumvirate – leaders of the human elite – who serve them will stop at nothing to preserve their power.
Alessandra emerges from the forest where she spent her life hidden from gods and men and immediately plummets into a race against time, gods, and herself to discover who and what she is in a world where everyone she meets has a hidden agenda, and those pulling the strings remain in the shadows.
Before she can determine exactly what kind of savior her world needs, she must first master her power by completing three trials devised by the Triumvirate to enslave her.
One lone girl stands between warring gods and the people she’s destined to protect, but it’s the battle to understand who she is that she must win first.
Omega is a tale including Gods from Greek mythology, as well as a girl who has trained her whole life for survival, without knowing why.
I think that reading the prequels to this novel made me enjoy Omega even more, as I got to know the main characters in their previous life, and knew more about some of them than they did themselves. That being said, I am sure it’s possible to enjoy this story without the prequels, as the story is solid, with good introductions to the characters, their strengths and weaknesses, as well as a good dose of world-building that unfolded as Alessandra discovered the world outside of the monastery where she grew up.
The story is quite fast-paced, especially after Alessandra is forced to leave her safe haven. The big outside world she had so longed to discover was nothing like what she had expected, though, and she never knew who she could trust, or who she should run far, far away from. Omega is written mostly from Alessandra’s point of view, in first person, past tense, with a lot of dialogues to allow the readers to get to know the other characters as well. Some chapters are from other characters’ point of view, as well, which brings the world into a sharper focus, especially because Alessandra is very inexperienced when it comes to navigating in the city, surrounded by politics and people in high places who want a piece of her.
What I enjoyed the most in Omega was the Greek Gods who wanted to stay on earth, but they were so adamant about it they were ready to anything to keep a portal open so they could still have their powers. As it turned out, Alessandra was very important to their quest, but they weren’t the only ones who needed her to further their own agendas. Between the political machinations, the fights and action scenes as well as the rapidity at which Alessandra had to mature and understand the world, Omega kept me on my toes and had me wanting more at every page. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series to see how Alessandra will deal with her predicament.
“An apocalypse is not required to announce itself,” he stated
I bit my tongue. I knew better than to argue with Herakles. He was of a singular mind and convinced the world was going to end any day.
Sometimes he blindfolded me or hobbled one leg or arm so I had to survive for a weekend alone in the forest with simulated physical impediments. He first dropped me off in part of the forest alone with no compass when I was nine. I bawled for a day until he came to get me. Instead of taking me back, we stayed in the forest, and he taught me to navigate by the stars.
I had nothing to compare the experience to and couldn’t help wondering if I’d spent my entire life cut off rom such small pleasures. it made me despise the nymphs even more, since they probably spent ever weekend feeling whatever this was out in the real world.
Lizzy Ford is the award winning, internationally acclaimed author of over thirty five books written for young adult, new adult and adult romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling Rhyn Trilogy, Witchling Series and the War of Gods series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring.
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