Author: Kelli Lockheart
Genre: Paranormal Romance
To Cast a Stone (Book 1)
If you love Greek Mythology, this is the series for you. In To Cast a Stone, we get to learn why the Goddess Artemis has to start on the road to redemption.
This story starts with us finding out that Artemis has found her true love and the person she has given her virginity to, Orion. Artemis being the goddess of the hunt has found he true match in Orion with him also being a hunter. These two are deeply in love and decide to get married. One night on a hunting expedition, Artemis express how she has grown bored with the current game and how she has a new prey in mind. The prey that Artemis created for herself and her lover are the shifters. She made them in all different types of animal like the bear and wolf but the trick is that only a God can kill the animal. After her creation, Artemis went with the God of Love Aphrodite to prepare for marriage ceremony. What no one was prepared for was for Apollo to stage a scene of Orion with another woman. Unfortunately for Artemis, she was too fast to react and killed her true love before she could find out the truth. Even though the
situation was not Artemis' fault, Zeus still blames her because she is too headstrong and has no patience. In an attempt to teach Artemis a lesson, Zeus encased her in stone to live her life watching time pass with no memory of her pass but to always look for a love that is dead. What Zeus did not plan was for Aphrodite to put her two cent into the spell and have Orion to be reincarnated each lifetime as a human.
Alexis is the stone women that resides in a temple that people view upon daily but she is unable to connect with them. Alexis has no understanding why she is being punished to watch happiness walk pass her every day until an old woman comes into the temple and breaks the stone. As Alexis tries to understand this new world, she encounters Galen. Galen is a shop owner that is surprised to find Alexis in his shop stealing clothes. When they see each other it's like they know one another but not sure of themselves. While they may be unsure of each other, the shifters are aware the Artemis is back amongst the living. As Alexis and Galen get closer, they start to tap into memories until they finally figure out their true identities. This first challenge that Artemis has to overcome is her anger.
I get the storyline but this was not my favorite book. I didn't like how it just ended out of nowhere. As soon as I got vested into the book, it was over. I did like how much of the back story we received and I think that was the purpose of this book. This was like the prologue for the series. If the reader does not get this book first, they will be lost through the entire series. I was not a fan but will continue the series to see how things go.
Spellbound (Book 2)
In this installment of The Goddess Redemption, Artemis is reincarnated into a witch named Sara. Sara stays in a small village that is constantly attached by the shifters. Sara has been able to protect the village the best she could with a potion but she is running low on supplies. Victor is a hunter that has a passion for killing shifters. This is an unheard of action because the shifters are so hard to kill. Victor has a secret weapon though and it's an arrow that was given to him by an old woman.(We now know is Aphrodite.) Victor has been hearing tells about a town that has a practicing witch. While Sara was out on a mission to find more supplies, she is rescued from a shifter attack by Victor. Once again these two know each other but don't know why. They have both been having dreams about a past life together but can't bring themselves to believe them. This next challenge that Artemis is faced with is her jealousy. Sara has a younger sister that grabs the attention of all men and even women of the town. Sara has to overcome feeling inadequate before she can open up to the true feelings she has for Victor. When their memories are finally returned, Orion is going to have to set Artemis straight.
I am so happy I continued the series because I get the direction it's going in. After To Cast a Stone, I was afraid that I was not going to enjoy the series but I was WRONG! I like how Kelli is writing the books in sections to show the battle that Artemis has to endure in order to get redemption. There should probably be a series like this for all the Gods. I am a fan of Orion because he loves Artemis to death and that's all a girl ever wants. I'm excited that I have the next book, Moonlit Promise, because I want to read about the next challenge.
Moonlit Promise (Book 3)
In the latest edition of The Goddess Redemption, Artemis is place into her own creation...the shifter. The Unul Pur is the only female shifter that is able to have offspring. Every season, all the shifters travel to the region where the Unul Pur resides and petition for her as a mate. The lucky Unul Pur this season is Titiana and from day one she feels like she is searching for a particular person but not sure who. Luca is the beta of his wolf pack and is being sent to petition for his alpha Buru. While at the camp waiting for his turn to meet Titiana, Luca gets his memories back of his true identity. He is not sure if Artemis is also in a shifter's body but has to work to stay calm so the shifters do not catch his scent. At the time that Luca's memory returns, Titiana gets her memories back as well. She has to work hard to remember her current role as the Unul Pur and continue the pursuit of finding a mate. When Luca and Titiana meet they are both unsure of each other until the arrow appears in Luca's bag. Their memories of each other return very early in this story and the challenge that Artemis has to overcome is trust.
In the beginning I was unsure of the series because of the way To Cast a Stone ended. Right when the story started to pick up, the book was over. By Spellbound, I was able to understand that Aphrodite only implants Artemis and Orion's memories into each person for a short time. Once Artemis was able to beat the challenge it was time to move on. What I am interested to see is when Artemis comes out with the truth behind why Orion is now a mortal. He has not asked the question but he does know that they are being tested. (His reaction should be interesting.)All in all I rate the series at three notes and 2 flames.
*A copy of this book was given to me for an honest review.