"This suspenseful Mythological Fantasy will steal your heart!"
I love romances that match alpha heroes with alpha
heroines. Whether the couple is in discord or in the throes
of passion, the excitement is palpable. THIEF OF OLYMPUS is
just such a story.
What woman could be more domineering than an Amazon Warrior
Princess who has just come of age? Lysandra, has mixed
emotions about her upcoming rites of passage. Her mother,
queen of this elite tribe of warriors, has procured a male
to get a child on her this night. Like all Amazon women,
she has been raised to hate men, to believe them useless
for anything but coupling. Still like anyone about to mate
for the first time, she is both curious and concerned. Her
greatest fear is that she will conceive an inferior male
child, for this would displease the goddess Artemis who
would expect her to sacrifice the boy. In spite of her
upbringing, this is something Lysandra could never do.
The man chosen for her is Zarek, King of Thrace. He is
strong, handsome, and belligerent. Lysandra finds herself
surprisingly attracted to the man. Although she has every
intention of dominating the proceedings, Zarek surprises
her. Zarek had spent his childhood in the company of
thieves, and had become a master. It took little skill to
escape his shackles. He does not escape Lysandra however,
in fact he doesn't even try. Instead he reveals the fact
that he had allowed himself to be captured. He too needs a
strong heir but no spouse, but naturally he wishes for a
son. The Amazon princess would suit his needs admirably.
Let the games begin!
The conflict comes in when Lysandra births a son, and
experiences love for the first time. Word of the birth
reaches Zarek, who comes to claim his heir. Though she has
no intentions of sacrificing her child, putting their lives
in Zarek's hands is an imperfect solution for Lysandra.
Zarek only wants the child, however he needs her skills to
escape her tribe. Though he intends to harden his heart
against her, he too had felt the attraction at their
mating. She had haunted his dreams and her devotion to
their son touches him. Of course neither of them is about
to admit to their feelings. That would show weakness.
Naturally both the Amazon queen and Artemis are furious
that Lysandra has refused to sacrifice the child. Working
together the lovers might hold the Amazon army at bay, but
Artemis is a different story. The goddess's proposal pits
the pair against each other once more. The challenge is to
secure three priceless items from the gods of Olympus. The
winner would have one wish, the loser would bring
destruction to their people. Who would prevail, the warrior
or the thief who had stolen her heart?
I loved what Ms. Rose did with these two willful, stubborn
characters. Each learned to sacrifice and compromise
without losing who and what they were to the other. That is
what love is all about. The suspense carries the tale to a
touching, no holds barred, conclusion. Excellent!
Copyright © 2003
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted January 3, 2003
Warrior Lysandra, princess of the Amazon nation will never
surrender her heart and future to a mere man. At her coming
of age ceremony her mother's chosen for her a king to
couple with and sire her child. Now she only hopes for the
stronger of the genders - a daughter.
An Infamous Thief
Zarek, King of Thrace, is better known for his past
profession - the most infamous thief of all Greece. He
needs a son and heir, but not a wife, and decides Lysandra,
the princess of the Amazons, will serve him fine.
A Horrific Sacrifice
When the baby is born and must be sacrificed to Artemis,
two enemies are suddenly brought together. Lysandra and
Zarek are paired against each other to retrieve the lyre of
Apollo, a thunderbolt of Zeus and the golden chalice of the
wine god, Dionysus in order to secure their baby's fate.
One contestant will win.
One kingdom or tribe will die.
And with promises broken, one baby will perish unless the
Thief of Olympus can steal back from the gods the most
precious gift of all.