The Divine Masquerade Series
Author: D.C. Belton
Paperback: 282 pages
Publisher: Flying Lion Press (August 8, 2011)
Note: I received a review copy of this book free from the author, D.C. Belton. The review posted below is based on my personal thoughts while reading the book.
The Gods Among Us is the first book to the Divine Masquerade Series. The book tells the story of Pallas, a young slave girl. She hates the gods, especially Aegeia (Water Goddess) because she believes her mother died in the sea. One day, while strolling along the seashore where her mother died, she found a weird boat full of amazing gadgets, a talking cat and some dolphins that can understand her! The boat soon lands on the other side of the shore she's from and the people from Capro Bay thinks she's a child from Atlantis, a goddess that they should praise and protect. Pallas soon catches the attention of one of the gods - Mulciber, the Volcano god and now he wants to slay her.
The first quarter of the book was a slow read. I also couldn't keep track of the names of all the gods and goddesses plus the human characters mentioned in the story. The pace picked up after Pallas was introduced. I liked Pallas - she's not a typical slave girl who whines at everything. She lost her mother at an early age and because of this, she became a brave and smart girl. I loved her relationship with her dear father. I loved Othello, the talking cat, my favorite character in the story. Othello's lines were funny, I tremendously enjoyed the story because of this character. I was also intrigued by why Aegeia and the other gods took notice of Pallas when she is just a slave girl. I was thinking maybe Pallas' parents did something bad to the gods or maybe her mother is a goddess too. I loved the book and can't wait to read the second book "Whom the Gods destroyed". A must read book for lovers of Greek mythology.
About the book:
Could you forgive the goddess who drowned your mother, if forgiving her made you immortal? Pallas is a friendless teen from a backwater village on a forgotten shore. Born a slave like everyone around her, people hate her clothes, her parents…especially her strange name. Pallas doesn’t believe in the gods except to blame them for drowning her mother. But she’s forced to shelve her moody cynicism when she accidentally rescues an obnoxious cat. Suddenly a pawn in a celestial war, Pallas must do the unthinkable – champion the very goddess she hates. Masquerading as a mythic princess, she convinces everyone she’s a child of Atlantis. Jealousy hounds her at every turn as she battles vengeful fanatics, a boorish prince, and a stunningly beautiful princess. Yet nothing can save her from certain doom, when the Volcano god reaches out to slay her. For how can a mortal fight a god? D. C. Belton creates an emotional world as elegant as it is deadly: where mortals fall prey to passionate gods and a slave proves stronger than craven nobility. Visit Pallas at dcbelton.com!
About the author:
D. C. Belton was born in the Philippines to a submarine officer. He's lived in four different countries and visited more than fifty.
Dave earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma. He flew as a Naval Aviator and then an Air Force pilot, fighting in the Lebanese Civil War, the Liberian Civil War, the Persian Gulf War, Operation Provide Comfort, and the Bosnian conflict.
When a friend's son died in a texting-while-driving accident, Dave campaigned for a law to prevent further tragedies. Appealing to state legislators for months, Dave came up with the novel idea of enlisting high school students to directly lobby state senators. Due to their efforts, as well as an aggressive television campaign, "Caleb's Law" was passed in Georgia in a just one year.
Dave's been married to his college sweetheart for over 23 years. He lives in Buckhead, Georgia on Lake Oconee with his ravishing wife and three beautiful children. He's currently an International pilot with Delta Air Lines and a Public Affairs officer in the United States Air Force Reserves. He's a banjo player, a thespian, and an elected politician (Morgan County Board of Education).