When Asta’s nephew is taken by slavers, she pledges to her brother that she will find him, or die trying. Her search takes her from the fading islands of the Scattering, a nation in thrall to a powerful enemy, to the port city of Abonnae. There she finds a people dominated by a sinister cult, thirsty for blood to feed their hungry god.
Haunted by the spirit of her brother, forced into an uncertain alliance with a pair of assassins, Asta faces a deadly choice – save the people of two nations, or save her brother’s only son.
We meet Asta as the strong, warrior leader of her tribe on the day raiders arrive and take the women and children and kill many of the warriors, including her brother. When she is betrayed, her journey to find her missing people is undertaken in a way she couldn’t have imagined.
Joanne Hall has created a harsh and brutal world, a world of slavery, unforgiving gods, and even less forgiving people who are desperate to believe in anything which might make their lives fractionally better. This is a book about resilience in the face of adversity.
Asta’s journey isn’t one of hope it is one of despair, every time it seems she gains some control of her journey the situation just turns and slaps her in the face, every time you think things can’t get worse for her, they do. Despite this Asta keeps going, she never gives up on the mission she set out on, she never stops fighting. Even when she believes there is no hope she continues on.
Asta is full of strength, and her journey is one which takes you through the full emotional spectrum. She is an inspirational character who fights hard, really hard and will do anything to save her family and her people. Nothing will break her spirit.
A huge thanks to Joanne Hall and Kristell Ink for the ARC so that I could read and honestly review this book.
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Title: The Summer Goddess
Author: Joanne Hall
Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy
Publisher: Kristell Ink
Publication Date: 23 September 2016
Review Format: eBook
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