Thursday, 27 February 2014

Blog Tour: Wrath of the Goddess by Maria Hammarblad

I received a copy of Wrath of the Goddess, book 2 in the Goddess's Saga, in exchange for my review.

It has been a couple of years since the Goddess Maria found love with Stephen, a genetically enhanced human. Travelling around they found themselves in Loki's bar and make friends with him and his sister, Leila. When Leila is offered a job to recover some AI from a distant planet, the 4 of them set off on a journey that leads them to places they had never expected to go. The extent of Maria's powers is about to be tested, in a way that fills even her with dread.

Once again I loved this book! There was the introduction of more main characters in this one, namely Leila and Loki, which was a good addition, particularly as Maria and Stephen were pretty well introduced from the previous book. I'm hoping to see more of them, and of Ethan, in the third book, which I'm already excited to read!

There was a lot of edge of your seat action going on in Wrath of the Goddess, and several points where I was seriously concerned as to the well fair of the characters, even Maria, who theoretically can't be in that much danger ultimately!

And then there is Maria's family who are all kind of weird, well maybe not weird, but they have their own agenda for sure, and I have yet to work out what on earth that could be. On top of that there is the particularly odd relationship between Maria and Frank, and Frank's motives seem to be a bit cloudier than the others, but I guess we'll see!

As with the last book there is something in this one that makes Maria seem less God-like, and whereas before it was jealousy, in this case it was her apprehension about children. It was only a brief mention (when you got to catch up with some characters from the previous book) but it makes her much more accessible as a character, which is always a bonus!

Touch of the Goddess
The Goddess's Saga
Book One
Maria Hammarblad

Book Description:

Drinking and flying is a bad combination. Stephan Forks learns this the hard way when he rams another ship in spite of the vastness of space. A moment later, a strange woman stands on his bridge, looking around with a frown. She's clearly a figment of his imagination. Nothing in his colorful past of smuggling and smaller crimes prepared him for people appearing out of nowhere.

Maria Callaway has carried more names and appearances than she can keep track of, and she's bored beyond belief. When she runs into Stephan, he seems to be an amusing pastime. He's interesting, disorganized, pursued by pirates, and handsome. A little too handsome, actually. Maybe she should leave?

Neither of them can foresee the chain of events set in action from their meeting. Adventure and danger go hand in hand during the upcoming days, and the collision resonates not only through their own lives, but changes the destiny of the world as they know it.

Wrath of the Goddess
The Goddess's Saga
Book Two
Maria Hammarblad

Book Description:

When genetically engineered Stephan Forks and demigoddess Maria Callaway attempt to settle down on a rural world, the result isn't entirely positive for the locals. Despite good intentions, the two wreck havoc with everything they do.

Their friend Leila offers them to tag along for a job, and leaving the planet seems like a good idea. An adventure could be fun, and how hard can it be to rescue a stranded artificial intelligence?

The journey turns out to be more than they bargained for, and Maria finds herself lone protector of the universe. Deprived of her friends and family she only has Stephan to lean on, and her human companion might not be up for the challenge.

In the midst of battle and chaos, their destiny awaits.

Return of the Goddess
The Goddess's Saga
Book Three
Maria Hammarblad

Stephan Forks should be dead. When he opens his eyes to an endless desert, he suspects he might have ended up in hell. It doesn't seem fair after staving off a threat that could have eradicated the universe, but life isn't fair.

His girlfriend, demigoddess Maria Callaway, is blissfully unconscious and shows no signs of waking up. At least she's there, and her presence indicates he might be alive after all.

The situation is desperate, and does not get better from discovering they're trapped on a world outside the regular universe. A world lacking the basic means of survival, but rich in heat and sand, battered by a relentless sun. Saving himself and Maria will require him to face impossible odds as well as ghosts from the past.

Author Bio:

Born in Sweden in the early 1970's, Maria showed a large interest for books at an early age. Even before she was able to read or write, she made her mom staple papers together into booklets she filled with drawings of suns and planets. She proudly declared them, "The Sun Book." They were all about the sun. She also claimed, to her mother's horror, that her being on Earth was a big mistake and that her alien family would come and bring her home at any moment. This never happened, but both the interest in space and the passion for bookmaking stayed with her.

As an adult Maria's creativity got an outlet through playing bass in a number of rock bands, and through writing technical manuals and making web pages for various companies and organizations. She did write drafts for a few novels, but the storytelling muse was mostly satisfied through role playing online on Myspace. It was here, while writing stories together with people from around the globe, she stumbled onto Mike. They started talking out of character, and she moved over to Florida to him late 2008. Today the two are married and live in the Tampa Bay area with three rescue dogs.

Besides writing and playing bass, Maria enjoys driving off-road, archery, and Tameshigiri.

Fun Facts

Favorite color:             Blue
Favorite food:             Chicken with cashew nuts
Doesn't eat:                 Mammals
Favorite TV Show:     Star Trek TNG and Leverage
Favorite animal:          Border Collie
Quotes:                        "Full Speed Ahead" and "Caffeine is good for you"

Find Maria on the web
Twitter:                       @mariahammarblad

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