Tartarus (PIU’s Review)

Tartarus.Title: Tartarus
Author: Eric Andrews-Katz
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Release Date: 13th Dec, 2016
Genre(s): Mythology, Action, Adventure
Page Count: 277
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 1.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Long ago, the Olympian Gods conquered and nearly destroyed an earlier race known as the Titans. Echidna, Mother of Monsters, was imprisoned in Tartarus. Centuries later, she has escaped. Entering the modern world, Echidna finds the old Gods are gone, and vows to destroy every descendant of the Olympians.

In the contemporary Pacific Northwest, Adrian and Annelise have lived comfortably–unaware of their Olympian birthright and its significance. When Adrian is introduced to Zack, sparks fly and their initial contact slowly turns to romance.

Echidna unleashes a brutal attack and Zack reveals his Divine lineage. Now he must teach the twins about their own heritage, and how to wield their unique powers for the battle to come. The final battle between Titans and Olympians will be held in the Underworld. Modern weapons have no place and only magic can prevail.

I dig Mythology big time and everytime I come across a book on mythology-based fantasy, I am completely sold. Monsters and magic make a potent combination for me and this book was just that. It was epic with all sorts of action, adventure, magic and mythology all wrapped into one fantastic novel. What I loved most was the modern setting of the story and how it was nicely blended with the ancient mythology.

This book is based on the Greek mythology and gives an awesome account of the various mega-powers like the Titans and the Olympians. Their powers and legends are all used to its maximum potential to create an epic journey leading all the way to the underworld.

The story starts with the breaking down of ‘Tartarus’ and thus the escape of Echidna, the mother of all monsters. She has been imprisoned by the Olympians thousands of years ago during the great battle and now after her escape she vows to destroy the Olympians in any way she can.

The story then focuses on Adrian and Annelise, twin brother and sister who have no idea of their lineage or their divine powers. When Echidna attacks Annelise, Adrian with the help of Zack, Annelise’s friend and a local artist, who also happens to be a demi-god, journeys to the underworld, battling monsters and ancient-magic to rescue his sister.

What I absolutely loved was the concept of the god-genes that the author has introduced here. The genes have been passed through generations and lies dormant until the individual acknowledges it. Adrian and Annelise descend from greek gods and they have been gifted with the powerful god-DNA but they are oblivious to it. Zack on the other hand knows his heritage and he helps Adrian to nurture his dormant powers and become the man he was destined to be.

The whole modern part of the story with Adrian’s simple existence to his knowledge of his powers and then using them for rescuing his sister is written in vivid detail. Along with that the ancient legends and lore are blended perfectly as Echidna tries to do her best to bring the twins down. The visual imagery of the entire novel was fantastic. The ultimate battle in the underworld is brilliantly written. I loved the entire Adrian’s revelation part but when the rescue mission starts, it was a whole other ball-game. From hydras, leviathans, mermans, chimeras, the ferryman to human souls, you name it and this novel has it.

As for Zack, he was the ultimate badass demi-god there is. With his handy thunderbolts on the ready, Zack was a formidable companion for our hero, Adrian. Zack is the main guy behind the success of the mission against Echidna. He helps Adrian understand his powers as well as provide the means to go ahead in their quest to save Annelise. He was fearless and I loved his devil-may-care attitude which he had in loads.

This is not a romance so don’t read it if you are only looking for one. There is a romantic angle in the story with Adrian and Zack being attracted to each other but it was kept in the DL until the end of the story. They do get together at the end but it was more HFN than an HEA.

This novel is an absolute page-turner which will hook you till the very end. All the action and adventure will get your blood pumping. There is not a single boring moment in this read. This modern-times Greek saga is simply brilliant. If you are looking for action, adventure, magic, fantasy along with well-known Greek legends and characters then look no further.

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Galley copy of Tartarus provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.

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