A guest review by Tj
Summary Review: A fun, funny and sexy modern take on Greek mythology that left me with a goofy smile on my face.
The Blurb: Ares, the Greek god of War, has fallen on hard times. Modern technology has left him a proverbial fish out of water, relegated to finding battle of a sort in rough biker bars. When Hermes shows up with an offer from Zeus, king of the gods, Ares thinks he’s finally found a way to regain his past glory.
A godling on Earth has come into his powers, and they’re strong enough to send a ripple through Olympus. Zeus needs the fledgling god dead. Dion, the godling in question, has no idea of his Olympian roots until he wakes up to find Ares there to kill him. But Dion isn’t totally defenseless, and Ares soon discovers he’s caught in a web of lies that only the Fates will be able to untangle.
The Review: For Love of War opens with Ares, the god of war in a dump of a bar hoping to find some biker ready for a fight. It seems that in modern times of wars fought by pushing buttons and pulling triggers, the god of war has become somewhat outdated. So imagine how Ares eyes must have lit up at the offer from Zeus to kill a bastard godling (the son of a god and human) in exchange for the throne to Olympus. Now Ares isn’t stupid. He knows that Zeus will try and reneg on Ares’ payment after the deed is done, but he also knows that this will result in all out war in Olympus. Woohoo! Just what Ares really wanted.
Of course it’s no surprise when Ares’ plans don’t go the way he wants. But boy is it ever fun. Dion, the godling, turns out to be far more than anyone expected and Ares is knocked for a loop with the attraction that he feels for the him. Without giving too much away, let’s just say that Ares ends up fighting to keep Dion safe from the murderous intentions of Zeus and all of Olympus.
I truly enjoyed For Love of War. Kiernan Kelly has crafted quite an adventure for us all with her godly goings on. Anyone even remotely familiar with Greek mythology will recognize many names, such as Zeus, Hera, Aphrodite, Eros and Hermes, who all have interesting roles in this story. I was so caught up in the adventure and the hot, and I mean really hot, attraction between Ares and Dion that I couldn’t wait to get back to the story when I had to put it down.
The characters are all well developed enough to feel real to me – despite being mythological beings. The plot was fun, sexy and moved at a really good pace – there wasn’t a slow spot to be found. Even the secondary characters were interesting; Zeus as the arrogant god of Olympus, Hera as his nagging wife, Hermes as Zeus’ snarky aide, and especially the three Fates, who were a hoot. I just loved them all!
If you’re in the mood for a hot, sexy, fun and kind of funny fast paced read, then I highly recommend For Love of War. It was a truly enjoyable experience that I will definitely be reading again and again.