Zeus: Conquering His Heart – The Fantastic Immortals, Book 2
Themes & Genres: LGBT, Fantasy, Gay Romance, Alternate Myth, gods
WARNING: Mature Content
When I throw the lightning and summon the thunder, it isn’t always out of anger, but often from a love so all-consuming it could only be the effect of Eros himself. Yes, he is beautiful. Of course he is. How could he be otherwise, with hair the color of sunlight and white-feathered wings that drape to the floor? And he is as ancient as the myth of time itself, an immortal with powers and glamour beyond my ability to imagine. He struggles to teach me wisdom, control, strategy, yet I sit here babbling like a child, for all I can think of is how I might try – at least let me try! – to prove myself to him in some way that will cause him to crave my company and my touch, just as I crave his.
I do not yet know how to be a god, for I am only 18 and still just a silly boy who has fallen in love with Love himself, while my father Cronus plots and schemes to lock me in his dungeon and make me his slave forever.
What I think of the book:
Zeus: Conquering His Heart is the second book in Wendy Rathbone’s Fantastic Immortals series, but it can be read as a standalone and chronologically precedes Book 1 – Ganymede: Abducted by the Gods.
Here we are introduced to a much younger and less experienced Zeus. I was looking forward to the idea of seeing him less powerful, but it wasn’t what I expected. I know he’s a god in a fictional world, but the speed with which Zeus learned things bothered me. I wanted to see him struggle more; it would’ve made him a more sympathetic character.
The same goes about his appearance. Even though he almost hasn’t moved at all in the first eighteen years of his life, his body is beautiful and toned. You know Disney’s Hercules from the nineties?
Yes. I was expecting more of that: at first a skinny loser and then a powerful hunk. The author has chosen to go in another direction and while I’d like something different, it’s her world and her rules so if she says “All gods are beautiful” I can’t argue with that.
And speaking of the world: this is what I liked about the book.
The first chapters feel like a tour through Ancient Greece mixed with some futuristic objects. I like that not everything is traditional and while it’s very heavily Greek, we also get to see a little bit of something else.
Who would I recommend this book to? If you read and enjoyed Ganymede: Abducted by the Gods, you might like this one. It’s slower even though the characters are supposed to be pressed on time, but it’s set in the same world so if you like your travels to happen in your head, you could give Zeus: Conquering His Heart a try.
My rating: (4 out of 5 lightning bolts)
Would I re-read this book? Maybe.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.
Where can you buy the book?
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Other books by this author that I’ve already reviewed:
- Ganymede: Abducted by the Gods – The Fantastic Immortals, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT, Fantasy, Gay Romance, Alternate Myth, gods | Mature Content)
- The Imposter Prince – The Imposter Series, Book 1 (LGBT, Fantasy, captivity, war | Mature Content)
- The Imposter King – The Imposter Series, Book 2 (LGBT, Fantasy, captivity, war | Mature Content)
- Prey (standalone | LGBT, Sci-Fi, Gay Romance, abduction, slavery, abuse | Mature Content)
- The Slave Palace: Wulf and Locke – Kingdom of Slaves, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | Gay Romance, Fantasy, pleasure slaves | Mature Content)
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