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Book Review: Gods of Avalon Road by Leilanie Stewart

Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Title: Gods of Avalon Road

Author: Leilanie Stewart

Description: London, present day.Kerry Teare and her university friend Gavin move to London to work for the enigmatic Oliver Doncaster. Their devious new employer lures them into an arcane occult ritual involving a Golden Horse idol. Britannia, AD 47.Aithne is the Barbarian Queen of the Tameses tribes. The Golden Warrior King she loves is known as Belenus. But are the mutterings of the Druids true: is he really the Celtic Sun God himself?Worlds collide as Oliver’s pagan ritual on Mayday summons gods from the Celtic Otherworld of Avalon. Kerry is forced to confront the supernatural deities and corrupt mortals trying to control her life and threatening her very existence.

RATING

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


I went into this book knowing almost nothing about it, only that it’s about Celtic mythology which certainly seemed like an interesting thing to read, mostly because I’ve never read something of similar topic. This book was very peculiar but in the end, I did enjoy it.

The book is about Kerry and Gavin who start working for Oliver (aka the biggest weirdo ever, but he’s a hottie too), who is obsessed with paganism. However, they soon find out Oliver has other plans for them, besides work. He wants to use them to help in raising the ancient Celtic Sun God.

When the Celtic God is risen, Kerry finds out that they are actually star-crossed lovers who had been together in her previous lifetimes. I usually like lovers from previous lives in books, however, this romance didn’t go as I wanted it to. I like when this type of romance slowly progresses until they fall in love and find out what they used to be before. However, Kerry instantly fell in love with the Sun God and after a day of being together, he told her the truth. In conclusion, it was a bit anticlimactic.

I was hoping Gavin and Kerry would get together and that this would be a nice friends to lovers but I guess the author had other plans for the main characters.

Another thing I didn’t like was how overly graphic, disturbing and sexual this was. I realize that the ritual stuff has to be written that way to make it scary and gory, but it’s not really my cuppa tea and I found myself skipping through those parts

I love Greek and Roman mythology, but I must admit I know nothing about Celtic mythology so I can’t really tell you if this was accurate or not. However, I think this was a good introduction to me and it certainly was very unique and interesting.

I’d say if you’re a fan of Celtic mythology, and books about rituals and paganism, this is a book for you. Although I usually wouldn’t pick it up on my own, it was an interesting read for sure.

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