Immediately Shannon is drawn to a vase with the Celtic goddess Epona on it and decides to make a bid. When Shannon finds herself the new owner of the vase though things go a bit weird from there.
Like I said, the story was interesting and was the main reason I kept reading it. If you want an easy read and don't mind some awful writing, then this is the book for you.
I picked this up for a bit of a light 'fluff' read. It was amusing for the first 100 pages (though the author could not seem to stop conversing with her audience rather than telling an actual story), then it became increasingly irritating for it's lack of substance.
Looking at the cover, I anticipated the "usual" fantasy, lots of antiquated (but charming) language, the epic battle of good and evil, goddesses and demons, and things of that nature. Cast's voice is more like Mary Janice Davidson, which I may have anticipated if I'd noticed Christopher Moore's blurb on the back cover: "Fantasy lovers who have always wanted to make snide remarks as they galloped about the magic rings and evil princes are going to have a great time with this book." Shannon has a quirky sense of humor, and is outspoken about just about everything, and keeps things entertaining, even at the most dire of times.
Yes its a gushy fantasy romance that drips with self-insertion/wishful thinking, but I dont read this kind of story for anything other than pure entertainment. I wanted to be entertained and pulled into the story and I was.
Having been a fan of P.C. and Kristen Casts House of Night series, I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive about trying out any of P.C. Casts other books. For the most part, I love the House of Night series would I feel the same way about her other books? The first in the series, DIVINE BY MISTAKE follows Shannon Parker, a school teacher loving the freedom of summer break, as she discovers an ancient vase that will turn her world upside down - literally. Before she can say Whoa there, Shannon is married to a horse (centaur) and thrown into a wild adventure. While there were certainly very dark and very graphic scenes in DIVINE BY MISTAKE, Ms. Cast was able to throw quite a bit of humor in their to lighten up the mood of the book. I can honestly say that Shannon is one of my favorite characters in the stories I have read thus far this year. I didnt know how it would work and it if would be weird, but the way Ms. Cast created her world and the way she developed her characters made this aspect of the story one of the best.
Het boek telt ook wel 600 pagina's en met opnieuw elke dag te gaan werken, was er voor lezen opeens veel minder tijd in mijn dagelijkse routine. Ook met frequente pop culture references doe je mij in een boek echt geen plezier, zeker niet wanneer die al zo hopeloos passé zijn dat relatief jonge mensen zoals mezelf ze niet meer snappen. Ja hallo, ik ben 25, ik heb geen idee hoe John Wayne eruit ziet en ik weet al helemaal niets van al die subtiele verwijzingen naar zijn filmoevre hoor :') Volgens mij speelde hij veel in cowboyfilms, but that's the extent of my knowledge. Er zijn misschien wat irritatiepuntjes en er gebeurt uiteindelijk niet zo veel in het boek (er is echt maar één verhaallijn, that's it folks, voor 600 pagina's) maar toch heb ik geen spijt dat ik dit boek voor 2 euro in de Kringloopwinkel geadopteerd heb. Als je toevallig een 35-jarige leerkracht Engels bent die van John Wayne houdt, moet je 'm zeker lezen. Indien je nu net toevallig géén 35-jarige leerkracht Engels bent is dit iets voor jou als je zin hebt in een luchtig en volwassen fantasyverhaal met de typische droomvisioenen en Godinverering die je misschien wel kent uit House of Night.
But then again were led to believe that Shannon (the protagonist) is truly the beloved and chosen of Epona (medieval-type worlds goddess) and therefore, able to adjust and adapt on a whim. The author tries hard to establish Shannon as being different to Rhiannon (who orchestrated the switch and now resides in our world in Shannons place) and that Rhiannon was pretty much, a world class bi*ch and Shannon is much fairer, more sympathetic, a better choice to be the chosen vessel of Epona. The book does have its good points ClanFintan, the centaur handfasted to the Chosen of Epona (Rhiannon originally, now Shannon) was quite endearing.
What I got was a limp fantasy romance that I imagine the author giggled over while writing it. But when the author builds up a big emotional reason to send the character out on a suicidally stupid mission I expect the character to be focused on the the deed to be done, and not to be spending the next 20 pages bonding with a horse she just met.
Just came back from a bit of a book break and i've had this volume on my shelf for a while. I havent read a book such as this before and this has just gotten me hooked!
SUN WARRIOR, book 2 in the Tales of a New World series releases October 17th.