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.