Title: Trickster Blood
Author: Lucienne Diver
Series: The Latter-Day Olympians #0.5
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Mythology, Paranormal fantasy, Strong women
Format: Novella eBook
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
5th sentence, 74th page: Hard to make light of death and taxes, but he was always willing to try.
Hermes, the god of tricksters, walk away from mischief and mayhem? As if.
Hermes (yes, that Hermes of Greek myth) has an unerring nose for mischief and mayhem, which comes in handy as a syndicated columnist for the Miami Sentinel.
When a colleague offers to forgive a lost bet in exchange for checking on his father in Ft. Lauderdale, Hermes’s Spidey senses go on high alert. The father, it seems, has taken up with his much younger housekeeper. The suspected foul play has trickster written all over it.
The young woman who answers the door almost knocks Hermes back a step with her shining golden hair and laughing, kaleidoscope eyes. Oh yeah, there’s a trickster here. But which one? For once in his eternal life, Hermes isn’t sure whether he should stage an intervention, or leave the “happy couple” to their mutually assured destruction.
Especially since Farrah is much more than she seems, and Hermes is all about fun…and frolic.
Warning: Full of tricksters, trouble, and an intriguing temptress who may be more than our hero can handle. Not that he won’t give it his best shot!
After reading the first two books in The Latter-Day Olympians series, I thought that I knew what to expect from this short prequel. I was wrong. Taking the tale of one of Hermes’ exploits and tying it into Tori Karcasis’ life worked beautifully, albeit unexpectedly. The clever use of Hermes’ different guises as the Trickster also helped to further expand this world of mythology, something that I hope to see echoed in the next few of The Latter-Day Olympians stories.
The premise of a man keeping a woman he feels as his property because he loves him is not a new one. But, making that woman a djinn, or genie, was a great twist on this. Her entrapment is not only of the emotional and physical kind that is often displayed in life and literature, but also a magical one that ensures her continuing devotion to the man. In this, Hermes is not only willing to go against a fellow man, but he also makes his thoughts on this type of entrapment immensely obvious. The fact that Farrah is obviously a fellow trickster at heart and good looking to boot only helps this matter.
Overall, I thought that this story was almost too short. Where the main series focuses on Apollo and his interactions with Tori, there is something about the tale of a Trickster that really pulls me in. That’s not to say that I don’t look forward to reading the rest of The Latter-Day Olympians tales.
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