Oppression (Children of the Gods #1)
February 28, 2012
Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than the average person, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Some are waiting for her to put an end to centuries of traditions that have oppressed their people under the guise of safeguarding them. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning - and she's not entirely willing to play by their rules.(goodreads)
The characters in Oppression are interesting and exciting. Let's start with the heroine Elyse. She inherited a condition which makes her different from nearly everyone she's ever encountered. Living secretly, moving frequentlyy, and watching the world change around her provided a strange security that she grew accustomed to over the years. Readers then meet William and all of that changes. His confident, worldly demeanour turns her world upside-down. The whole cast of characters is enchanting, even the villains. Having descended from Greek Gods, they possess special abilities that keep the story interesting, creates humor, and plenty of action.
The story gets off to an intriguing start when Elyse realizes she is not alone. Readers will quickly have to judge the characters trustworthiness and take risks with Elyse. She is faced with several tough decisions that could change her life and the lives of those around her. Therrein created a unique world of magic and mystery. I was continually impressed with the imaginative places the characters visit. The heart stopping ending will leave readers desperate for more!
Oppression is an exciting debut featuring interesting characters and a great story line fused with Greek mythology. Jessica Therrein provides stellar writing that will draw readers in and leave them wanting more. I will definitely be waiting for more in the Children of the Gods series!
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