Rating: 4 stars out of 5
No one can outrun destiny or the gods.
In Epiro, a kingdom in Greece, Perseus is prophesied to be a great demigod hero and king, with a legacy that will shape the world of Gaia. When he was born, his grandfather exiled him, and his mother brought them to Seriphos, where she created an academy for demigod youth. Perseus trains there and waits for the day when he will be able to take the throne of Argos.
Despite potential future glory, Perseus’s fellow students think he is weak. By the time he reaches manhood, he has given up the hope of having any real friends, until Antolios, a son of Apollo, takes an unexpected interest in him. Perseus and Antolios fall in love, but Antolios knows it cannot last and leaves Seriphos.
Perseus, grief-stricken and lonely, rebels against the Fates, thinking he can avoid the prophecy and live his own life. But when the gods find him, he is thrust into an epic adventure. With his divine powers, he fights gorgons and sea serpents, and battles against his darker nature. Perseus strives to be his own man… but the gods have other plans.
First and foremost, I should probably address reader expectations. “King of the Storm” is not a M/M Romance with Fantasy. This is primarily a retelling of the Ancient Greek legend about Perseus, who happens to be pansexual in this book. So he has sex with both men and women, though the m/f sex scenes are not explicit. He also has relationships with both genders. I liked the variety of that, but it’s probably not to everybody’s tastes.
Fantasy about gods and demigods set in Ancient Greece is not something I’ve read before, so I was thrilled to discover “King of the Storm”. I’m not all that familiar with the original legend, so I can’t make comparisons. I did definitely enjoy this version.
The setting was well developed and felt realistic. There was no info-dump and yet it was easy to get a feel for the world.
A whole host of legendary creatures and people show up over the course of the book. The author came up with lots and lots of minor characters and gave each of them their own bit of personality.
The plot was full of blood and fighting, but also love and friendship. It was a great mix. Occasionally, the time jumps were a bit confusing, though. We meet Percy as an 18-year-old young man and part ways with him as a grandfather, so the time jumps did make sense. But sometimes I just felt that the years that had passed needed more of a recap.
I had a bit of a hard time forming a emotional connection that went beyond mere suspense. Percy is a bit hard to like and everything felt a bit impersonal.
Long story short, “King of the Storm” is great fantasy with lots of sex and a bit of romance. Ancient Greece is a nice change to the normal medieval fantasy settings.
If you like the legends of Ancient and don’t mind a very promiscuous MC, then you should give this book a try. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
This part one of a new series by a new author and I’m excited about it. Definitely going to read part 2.
Cover: The cover by Paul Richmond shows a naked Percy in waist-high water, with a thunderstorm brewing all around him. While the cover model doesn’t really fit my imagination of Percy, it does fit the story.
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published November 24th 2015 by DSP Publications
SeriesThe Godhead Epoch #1