The Moreva of Astoreth

Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
452 Pages
Reviewed on 06/21/2016
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Author Biography

I grew up in Washington, D.C., where I discovered strange and wonderful new worlds in my local library and bookstores. These and other experiences have convinced me that reality is highly overrated.

This book, really, has been over 30 years in the making. While in college, and friend and I created a story. Somehow, and for some reason, it stayed with me all these years. Then I read Zecharia Sitchin's Earth Chronicles, and the idea came to me--what if I could meld the two stories in some way? And so I did. The result, of course, was The Moreva of Astoreth.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The Moreva of Astoreth by Roxanne Bland is everything that would appeal to fans of fantasy and sci-fi. I have read fiction where gods and goddesses play powerful roles, but few books have had the impact this one left on me. Moreva Tehi is the granddaughter of the Goddess of Love and, when the story starts, she is in the presence of her grandmother, who is not happy about her failure to celebrate Ohra, the holiest of rites. For her punishment, Moreva is assigned a challenging task in a far-off outpost. With her recalcitrant nature, will she stand the tests and go through her training successfully? Readers will love the rituals, the scientific research, the strange approach to sex, and, of course, the exquisite prose.

Roxanne Bland is a gifted writer with a wonderful imagination. The blend between science and religion in this well-imagined and beautifully executed story leaves no room for imperfection and the unusual concept in the book will appeal to readers looking for something new in the genre. The development of Moreva Tehi is accomplished with great success. The pace is very fast, and there are many layers which create a lot of suspense and excitement. The author creates a strong sense of mystery around her characters through the use of neologisms and words that seem to have a magic of their own. Moreva of Astoreth is a world that readers will love to navigate and there is no page in which something doesn’t leap up. This is a gripping story with well-polished prose, imaginative use of symbolism, and extraordinary characters; a hard-to-put down fiction. A powerful concept for a powerful story. Well executed.

Lisa M. Schlegel

The Moreva of Astoreth by Roxanne Bland is a coming of age story that addresses prejudice and social repression as perpetuated by social institutions and norms. The heroine is Moreva Tehi, a privileged demigod, granddaughter of the Astoreth, goddess of love. When Tehi breaks one rule too many, she is commanded to leave the security of the Temple and live in a backwater village. Here, she must represent her grandmother's religion through sermons and rituals, which require sexual contact with a race whom she despises, despite having a bit of their blood in her veins as well. True to all good romances, Tehi falls in love with a man with whom she clashes. The reader will recognize these two are meant to be together, and will root for them to discover it for themselves a bit more quickly than they do. Once their feelings are acknowledged, the story takes off and issues such as protocols and vows are tested against the reality of one race's domination over another.

For me, Roxanne Bland has written a story against oppression. History shows us that colonization is often held in place through contortions of humanity, usually through lies, secrets, and other forms of misinformation. In The Moreva of Astoreth, Tehi is a creature formed by her life in the Temple. Her upbringing is reason enough for us to feel empathy for her, despite her foolish and arrogant beginning. The trajectory, and it is wonderful, is for Tehi to discover the world on her own, especially since her entry to it was initially a punishment. She ends by embracing the hakoi she grows to love. Truly, she is the granddaughter of a love goddess and the reader roots for her through to the end.

Tracy Slowiak

In an interesting read by author Roxanne Bland, The Moreva of Astoreth is a book that will intrigue those who love the genres of science fiction or fantasy. Follow the story of healer, priestess and scientist Moreva Tehi as she develops from a spoiled and bratty being to one who must learn to care, especially for those she loves. Moreva, once the indulged granddaughter of a great deity, has been sent away for a year by her goddess grandmother due to her misbehavior. What Moreva finds in her new land challenges her to the very core, but also provides her with what may be her very best chance of true love. Will Moreva survive her year of banishment? And if so, will she be able to preserve the love she's found? You'll need to read the book to find out!

I very much enjoyed The Moreva of Astoreth. Author Roxanne Bland has done a good job of creating characters, especially Moreva Tehi, that her readers will connect with, relate to and truly come to care about. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. Readers who enjoy science fiction or fantasy, or a reader who is simply looking for an interesting and creative read of fiction in general should certainly give this book a chance. I am pleased to recommend The Moreva of Astoreth, and I look forward to reading more from the promising author, Roxanne Bland, in the very near future!

Chris Fischer

In The Moreva of Astoreth, author Roxanne Bland has certainly provided readers with a book that will keep them turning the pages from the start all the way through to the very end. The story recounts the life of the spoiled granddaughter of the Goddess of Love, Moreva Tehi, who, though she has gifts as a healer, priestess and scientist, has largely squandered them. In order to teach her granddaughter a lesson, Moreva's powerful grandmother decides to banish her for a year, hoping that the lessons she learns will change her for the better. What Moreva encounters in the Syren Territory is unlike anything that she's dealt with before, forcing her to grow up in a hurry. And when she finds what just might be the greatest love of her life while there, well, then the story really heats up!

The Moreva of Astoreth is a story that will likely stay with readers long after the last page has been read. Author Roxanne Bland appears to have a real gift in writing books in the science fiction genre, and her ability to create a realistic story line in the fantasy environment is impressive. Her world creation abilities are top notch, and her ability to weave romantic elements into the plot will certain appeal to a great many of her readers. I absolutely feel confident in recommending this book to readers who enjoy a good work of science fiction with a great dash of romance thrown in. I certainly hope that author Roxanne Bland will consider expanding this story into a series in the very near future!