Blog Tour: Stella of Akrotiri: Diana by Linda Rae Sande | Review

Blog Tour: Stella of Akrotiri: Diana by Linda Rae Sande | Review

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Stella of Akrotiri: Diana

by Linda Rae Sande
Ancient Greek Tale of Immortals #3
Publisher: Twisted Teacup Publishing
Release Date: December 25, 2019
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Romance

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Born an orphan, raised as a warrior princess, desired by men. Can an Immortal claim her heart?

The first adopted daughter of Stella and Darius, Diana has been raised as if she were one of the fabled Amazon princesses. Her mornings are spent training with Darius at the agōgē, her skills as a warrior matched only by a few of the Deminon army recruits. Her afternoons are spent with Stella as she learns the art of diplomacy and the importance of service to others.

Never does Diana wonder why her parents are so devoted to one another, or why they seem to speak of the past as if they lived in it.

The curious stares aimed in her direction by the agōgē’s doctor, Antony—even when she’s not in the circle of battle—has Diana on edge. Learning she has a much older adopted brother—one who seems to youthen as he ages—has her questioning her origins.

So the arrival of Augustus of Assyria seems fortuitous. Her father’s oldest friend is welcomed with open arms even as he is followed by a threat to the future of Deminon. With his intimate knowledge of her parents, perhaps he’ll have the answers Diana seeks. Or will the Roman senator’s revelation about her only complicate matters? For his attentions are far more intense than those of Antony—and far more arousing.

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A self-described nerd and lover of science, Linda Rae spent many years as a published technical writer specializing in 3D graphics workstations, software and 3D animation (her movie credits include SHREK and SHREK 2). An interest in genealogy led to years of research on the Regency era and a desire to write fiction based in that time.

A fan of action-adventure movies, she can frequently be found at the local cinema. Although she no longer has any fish, she follows the San Jose Sharks. She is a member of Novelists, Inc. (NINC) and makes her home in Cody, Wyoming.

Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Twisted Teacup Publishing for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

I’m not gonna lie. Part of the reason why I requested this book and was interested in reading about it was because the cover and title reminded me of my favorite superhero ever – Diana, Princess of Themyscira, the one we all know was Wonder Woman. Sure, this is a little bit – a lot bit – different from Wonder Woman’s origin story, and they totally don’t go together at all, but it made enough of an impression on me that I figured that I’d give this one a try.

Which I’m glad I did, because this story was definitely very interesting and I’m curious to see the first two novels to have more of a background story on what I missed. I personally felt like there were some things that I couldn’t fully understand because I didn’t read the previous books beforehand, but I was still able to enjoy the story for the most part, and that’s really what counts for me.

This may seem a little cliche, but honestly I have to say that my favorite character in this one was Diana. Maybe because she reminds me of my original Diana character who is also a warrior, a God, just all around amazing, but this Diana is also worth being respected and being considered a force to be reckoned with. I love that about her so much, and I’m glad that I got to meet her in this series.

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