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April 16, 2013

Blog Tour: Astarte’s Wrath by Trisha Wolfe – Review, Sneak Peek, and G!veaway

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Astarte’s Wrath (Kythan Guardians #2) by Trisha Wolfe

presented by Tuff Girl Legion!

Be sure to check out the Sneak peek, and enter the giveaway
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Astarte's-Wrath

A tragic love story.

Two thousand years before Dez Harkly developed her secret powers, Guardian Astarte was vowed to protect by the binds enslaving her to the Egyptian pharaohs. Discover the prophecy that originated from a very different time, and spans generations to link two very different girls.

This is the beginning.

Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarion her duty, he’s the son of Cleopatra, and he’s human. All of which makes their love forbidden.

But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar creeps into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythan free themselves of their servitude, and protecting her charge—the last pharaoh—while Egypt burns around her.

New Adult/Mature YA: sexual content, drinking, drugs, violence, language, death, and other mature content intended for readers 17 and older. Astarte’s Wrath is a companion novel to Destiny’s Fire, but can be read as a standalone novel.

add to goodreadsAstarte’s Wrath (Kythan Guardians #2) by Trisha Wolfe
Publication Date:  March 2, 2013

Available for Purchase:
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MaryAnn NewDo you guys have any idea how much I loved this story?  OMG so much!  I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I started Astarte’s Wrath by Trisha Wolfe.  I knew that I’ve loved all that she has written so far, and fell in love with Destiny’s Fire.  But Astarte’s Wrath is, by far, theeeeeeeeeee best book that Trisha Wolfe has written thus far!

It had everything that I love in a good read.  Romance, deception, action, fantastic characters, and a world that I loved getting completely engrossed in.

To be able to become absorbed into a world where Cleopatra still ruled?  Ack!  Whether the facts in the story are true, I don’t care.  Everything second of this book held my attention, and the ending portion of the book had me gasping out loud, and crying out “no”!  I felt so emotionally invested in the characters and the storyline that there were parts that completely shocked me.  Oh Trish, how I love you’re writing!

Astarte and Xion have been friends for as long as they can remember.  But as they get older, the friendship that they once had is taking a turn down the path that is dangerous for the both of them.  You see, Xion (aka Pharaoh Caesarion aka Cleopatra’s first born son!!) is training to be a king, and Astarte has been appointed as his personal guardian.

You see, Astarte was born to be what she is…to be a protector to the pharaohs.  They are bound by duty to serve them (a slave), regardless of who the pharaoh is.  It’s why she was created…it’s why all Kythan Guardians (a race of shape shifters who were created with magic and who can transform into their true form) were created.

And carefree childhood friendship that they once shard seems to be developing into something more.  But for them to be together would mean sure death for Astarte and would completely ruin Xion’s reputation amongst his people.

Add to that a conspiracy where Xion’s late father’s enemy has his eyes set on Xion’s death so that he can rule Alexandria, Astarte is on full alert.  With a new species of her kind showing themselves, known as The Leymak, with magic that can counter act the Kythan’s magic and who has magic stronger and more powerful than their own, Astarte needs to figure out how she can ensure Xion and his family’s safety.

The story of Star (aka Astarte) and Xion is one that I truly adored.  The interaction between these two were always ones that I looked forward to.   One part in particular had me smirking and swooning all over the place.  It takes part during a celebration, and Xion wants to go and enjoy himself like everyone else…incongnito of course.  And when he and Xion are dancing together… phew!  Shmexy, shmexy!  And then the water scene!  I fell so hard for Xion…with his cocky smirks and his sweet ways and words.

And how amazing is Star as a character?  So strong and so loyal.  Always thinking of other first and so devoted to who she is to protect.  And when she gets into fight mode??  Look out!  She is one shape shifting chick that you don’t want to piss off.

Not only were the main characters amazing, the other characters that make up the rest of the story were equally enjoyable.  Let’s take one of Star’s best friend and fellow guardian, Phoenix.  A different breed of guardian, I found him to be quite funny and equally hot.  Never mind that he was a womanizer, Phoenix has a huge heart.

I admit that this book had me on edge during many different parts of the book, and it did indeed make me gasp out loud.  I read Astarte’s Wrath by Trisha Wolfe in one sitting, and was so sad when the book came to an end!  I wasn’t ready for it to be over, and was hoping beyond hope for more.

I recommend this book to fans of reads involving Egyptian tales in the time of Cleopatra, fans of shape shifters, and for those who want to get completely lost in a story of love.  New Adult fans everywhere will completely devour this tragic love story.  I need more!  Give us more!  Seriously, this book was amazing.  You won’t be disappointed!

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Sneak Peek: Bath Scene from Xarion’s POV

 

Star narrows her eyes at me, her full, bottom lip puckering out the way it does when she’s in serious thought–and though I’m listening to her words, all I want to do is trap that bottom lip between my teeth. Nip it and caress it with my tongue.

“I knew you’d say that,” she says. “And that is precisely why I didn’t want you to know.” She raises her hand from my chest and swipes the wet hair from my forehead. Her body subtly moves against me with this action, and it drives me wild. “A possible retaliation by the guardians is just one more weighted burden on top of the many you already carry. You don’t need the added strain. Let me deal with Candra and the Kythan. They’re my kindred. As long as I’m their equal–in both power and status–I can protect you.”

This woman–the woman I’ve loved my entire life–is my protector. She not only guards against physical threats, but watches over my mental wellbeing. But I cannot allow her to carry all my problems alone anymore. I want to be her guardian, to be the one to comfort her when she’s fearful, and protect her against this world.

I tilt my head and suck in a deep breath. “This is why you won’t be with me.” I want her to admit it. If she finally confesses that our titles and her battle with the right course of action have been the only reasons for her kept affections, then by Gods…help me from laying her out on this tile and taking her–making her mine. I won’t stop.

She nods.

“This is the only reason.” She nods again, and that is all the conformation I need. “Then I refuse to let them keep us apart for one more moment.” I grasp her face between my hands and claim her lips with mine.

Her lips are soft and warm as I achingly coax them into a fevered kiss, unable to hold back my desire for her. I had planned for our first kiss many times, imagined it over and over. The way I would caress her lips slowly and lovingly, conveying my affections. But every emotion I have ever felt for Star rushes to the surface all at once, and I can’t slow. I won’t. I won’t allow her a moment to question our actions, to reconsider us. I’m going to kiss her senseless–kiss the reason right out of her infuriatingly rational head.

Help Trisha and the Tuff Girl Legion get to 50 reviews on Amazon for the full scene release of the “Bath Scene” on Trisha’s blog! You can bookmark the bonus material here!

About the Author:

Trisha Wolfe is the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY’S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), the NA Historical/Supernatural ASTARTE’S WRATH, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. Her NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.

She’s the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies. Check out www.TrishaWolfe.com for more on her books and bonus material. Follow Trisha on Twitter @TrishWolfe and like her Facebook page for updates.

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7 Comments

  1. Karen H in NC
    4/16/2013

    I love historicals and while this book is in a time period I don’t know much about, it sounds like a very good book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  2. Gaby
    4/16/2013

    Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds great!

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  3. danielle james
    4/16/2013

    Thank you for this!

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  4. Chelsea B.
    4/16/2013

    Sounds wicked awesome!

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    4/16/2013

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  6. nurmawati djuhawan
    4/17/2013

    sounds a great book…
    thx u for the chance…

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  7. Lisa Vazquezanzua
    4/17/2013

    This book is already on my TBR list on Goodreads. I am so looking forward to reading it!! Thank you for another amazing giveaway!!

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