Power is a strange and broken thing.
He was the sun god, the god of healing and song.
Apollo has lived alone for centuries, content to spin out the years wandering a new and strange world, lost in the past and endless versions of the future. He has cut all ties with the remains of Olympus and his power, and hidden himself in humanity.
His twin thinks he’s depressed, spending his time in coffee shops, hospital waiting rooms, and concert halls…and nothing matters. Not really.
Iris. With her teasing mouth and soulful music and eyes that remind him of the past.
He can’t resist her smile.
A girl as wild as he was, once, with a poet’s tongue and the body of a siren, who for one night makes him forget all the years and everything he gave up.
And he can’t stop fate.
Gods knows he’s tried.
He can’t help taking her.
Even if he knows better.
When Iris wakes up screaming, caught up in visions of the future, Apollo realizes that he didn’t leave his power quite as far behind as he thought.
He’s the god of prophecy and he’s been running from it, for centuries.
Iris is everything he has to avoid.
Now he has a furious Oracle on his hands, his sister trying to fix him, and someone is killing the gods.
It’s not just his tenuous sanity that hangs in the balance this time.
It’s all of Olympus.
Godhood really wasn’t supposed to be this hard.
When I read that Broken God’s main character was Apollo I got really excited! I had never seen a mythological fiction book focused on the god of the sun! It’s just very unheard of! The concept sounded awesome!
Apollo was a very confusing narrator to follow, I mean it says it in the title, he’s “broken” so he’s basically insane. It took me a while to pick up on the way the book was written. So much of it consists of flashbacks of past memories. It was hard to keep track of at times. The flashbacks were definitely interesting and added more depth and mystery to the story. Apollo is a very layered character and is all together different from any other narrator I’ve encountered.
The storyline itself is structured very differently, you have to pay close attention to who is who. And the romance was hot and crazy let me tell ya! Though there wasn’t necessarily a whole lot of build up for it (the lust came pretty fast) it made sense based on who the characters were and how the story needed to unfold.
Furthermore, it was super intriguing to see the Gods of Olympus in such a new light. They seemed a lot more “human” relatable and un-godlike if I really had to put a word to it. It made their interactions super entertaining. As their actions brought about the conclusion, I couldn’t help but feel that it was a little rushed. I would have loved to have been given a bit more detail as to how everything really happened. I’m unaware as to whether not Broken God is a stand alone. I could most definitely see there being more books in the series. I really hope this isn’t the end of Apollo’s story. However, the book did not end on a cliffhanger, so it is possible that it does end there, which is at least with a satisfying conclusion.
If you are a mythology junky and would like to see a new take on the story of Apollo, then I would most certainly recommend you read Broken God.
Nazarea Andrews’ Bio:
Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.
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