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Series: Omega #1
Published by Captured Press on October 26, 2015
Genres: Mythic Fantasy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Young Adult
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In a modern world ruled by territorial Greek gods, the human race has been oppressed, exploited and now, nearly destroyed by the constant infighting of gods.
However, a human girl with the power of a goddess is coming of age. Alessandra is the Oracle of Delphi – the last prophesized – and bears the mark of the double omega. Soon after she turns eighteen, Alessandra is told her destiny: to step between the warring gods and the human race and save her world from certain ruin.
For the gods, her appearance marks the beginning of the end – their end. They and the Triumvirate – leaders of the human elite – who serve them will stop at nothing to preserve their power.
Alessandra emerges from the forest where she spent her life hidden from gods and men and immediately plummets into a race against time, gods, and herself to discover who and what she is in a world where everyone she meets has a hidden agenda, and those pulling the strings remain in the shadows.
Before she can determine exactly what kind of savior her world needs, she must first master her power by completing three trials devised by the Triumvirate to enslave her.
One lone girl stands between warring gods and the people she’s destined to protect, but it’s the battle to understand who she is that she must win first.
I’m just going to dive right in and say I loved Lizzy Ford’s Omega, first in an all-new fantasy series. I was intrigued by the blurb, and I’m definitely a sucker for fantasy with heavy mythological influences, so I’m not so surprised I liked it. I don’t read quite as much YA as adult fiction, though, so I was surprised that more than liking it, I abso-freaking-lutely loved it.
Omega‘s story revolves around Alessandra, or Lyssa, who starts out as your typical “chosen one” type teenager—special but doesn’t know it, ignorant of the secrets those around her keep in the name of her protection, and resentful that she isn’t allowed to just be a normal kid. Then she breaks the rules once, and everything comes crashing down around her (literally, in the case of her home), and she’s suddenly faced with a reality she’d been sheltered from all her life and the knowledge that a terrible fate awaits her if she steps into the shoes the world expects her to. She finds herself having trouble figuring out who to trust, and with good reason.
Basically, she’s been shoved into the deep end, with everything she knew all topsyturvy. Yet she deals with it with a surprising level of badassery shot with compassion, and she remains uncorrupted and determined to keep her own counsel and make up her own mind despite some very finessed and focused attempts by various parties to influence her into doing what they want.
We also meet Adonis, AKA Mismatch, who is physically a man by day and monster by night, although it often seems as though the man and the image he projects to his world is more monstrous than his nocturnal form, called a Grotesque, could ever be. He even admits as much. But he and Lyssa have a connection that locks their fates and perhaps even their souls together, and it’s definitely fun seeing all the layers of this character get stripped away and built back up again, depending on the scene.
This series opener packs a punch, as it left me hopelessly intrigued by the machinations of the political and religious world Lyssa finds herself dropped in the middle of, and it seems like everyone has an agenda for good or ill, even if everyone seems to think their cause is the right one.
A word of warning: the book ended on a cliffhanger that left me want to scream, especially when I learned that Book 2 is not available yet! So you can bet your butt I’m going to keep an eye out for the next novel in the series, not to mention check out other books by this author in the meantime.
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