Book Review by DMac: Tartarus, by Eric Andrews-Katz

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Tartarus, by Eric Andrews-Katz
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Release Date: December 13, 2016

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
2-of-5

summary

Long ago, the Olympian Gods conquered and nearly destroyed an earlier race known as the Titans. Echidna, Mother of Monsters, was imprisoned in Tartarus. Centuries later, she has escaped. Entering the modern world, Echidna finds the old Gods are gone, and vows to destroy every descendant of the Olympians.

In the contemporary Pacific Northwest, Adrian and Annelise have lived comfortably–unaware of their Olympian birthright and its significance. When Adrian is introduced to Zack, sparks fly and their initial contact slowly turns to romance.

Echidna unleashes a brutal attack and Zack reveals his Divine lineage. Now he must teach the twins about their own heritage, and how to wield their unique powers for the battle to come. The final battle between Titans and Olympians will be held in the Underworld. Modern weapons have no place and only magic can prevail.

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M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Contemporary
Enemies to Lovers
Greek Mythology

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This book was a let down. Maybe Rick Riordan has got me spoiled with well written mythology-inspired books (he’s starting to put queer characters in them too!) but I was very frustrated reading this one.

At first I was really excited because there was a lot of heavy mythology, but then suddenly it switched so that it was all about the characters in the book. Which would be fine, but I think it would have worked better if the mythology was just woven into the book instead of put there in chunks. It stopped the natural pace of the book, and made you keep track of two different things going on. It also made it feel like I was reading two different stories, and I wanted to read more about the mythology because it was way more interesting than the main story.

The two MCs were supposed to be older (50s/60s) but they sounded like they were YA characters. They were very immature and it made them hard to like, because you’re not reading about 16-year-olds, you’re reading about middle aged men. Maybe some people keep the drama and immaturity up for that long and maybe some people won’t mind reading it. However, for me it’s a dealbreaker! I only want to read that in novels about actual teens.

All in all this book was just really boring other than the mythology. It took about half the book before the story really took off. The first half was mythology background and the two MCs whining and fighting each other. Then suddenly it was like “here’s the plot!” and I didn’t care anymore. To be fair, the last half of the book was good, but it was a case of too little too late. I hope if he writes other mythology-inspired books, he writes the whole book like this.

Another thing I didn’t like was that there was very little character development until one of the MCs discovers he’s a greek demigod. I wanted to learn who he was before that so I could see how that information changed him. Instead he was blah and I was like who cares about this guy.

I would say unless you are really adamant about reading this you should probably give it a pass. It was just messy, and if you aren’t into mythology it probably isn’t worth slogging through for the romance. 

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Eric Andrews-Katz was born in New York. When he was twelve, his family moved to Florida without asking. Eventually, he studied creative writing at USF before attending the Florida School of Massage. After moving to Seattle in 1994, Eric started a successful Licensed Massage business (The Massage Guy™) and lives with his partner, Alan.

Find out more about Eric and his books over at: https://ericandrewskatz.com/

You can purchase Tartarus from:
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All Romance eBooks

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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