I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Theta by Lizzy Ford
on January 1st 1970
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Romance
Buy on: Amazon
The world ends in four months. Alessandra can stop it – but she can’t do it alone.
The mind of Alessandra, the Oracle of Delphi, is under the control of the Supreme Magistrate, a brilliant politician determined to use her goddess-like powers to conquer deities and humans alike. With her thoughts and powers compromised, she begins to question her ability to stop the apocalyptic future revealed to her in cryptic visions – and who her enemy really is.
Outside of Washington DC, the fight for survival hinders the Silent Queen’s ability to launch her attack against the political elite and the gods as quickly as planned. An unlikely ally saves her life – but it’s the emergence of the Bloodline’s hereditary curse that warns her she may not survive long enough to start the war she’s spent her life preparing for.
The Grotesque Prince, Adonis, has spent his life being defined by others. On a journey of self-discovery mandated by the goddess Artemis, he returns to the lands he once ruled, four thousand years ago. Instead of uncovering the object Artemis tasked him to find, Adonis’ quest leads him to a mysterious figure possessed by much more than answers.
Suggested reading order: Omega Beginnings Miniseries Omega (#1) Theta Beginnings Miniseries Theta (#2) Alpha Beginnings Miniseries (2017) Alpha (2017)
I first read Lizzy Ford’s Omega a year ago, and couldn’t wait to read the sequel, Theta. The story picks up not long after the events of the first novel, and readers find Alessandra under the control of the Supreme Magistrate. As she tries to harness her powers and stave off the impending apocalypse, Adonis is on a journey of self-discovery. Meanwhile, The Silent Queen prepares to attack the gods. In a battle between those with magical powers and those without, sometimes it’s hard to figure out who to trust. Filled with loads of political machinations, action, and a bit of romance, Theta was everything I could have wanted. Except when it wasn’t.
While I enjoyed the overarching story of the three principal characters (Alessandra, Adonis, and the Silent Queen), I also felt that the book dragged in many parts. Alessa spent most of the book not doing very much but rebelling, and trusting the wrong people. Every scene she was in seemed to repeat the one before. Not much of her story seemed to propel the series forward. The same can be said of Adonis’ point of view chapters. He spent most of the book soul-searching, which didn’t amount to the number of pages it took for him to get any pay-off. In fact, the only POV of real interest was the Silent Queen’s. The fact of the matter is, at over 400 pages, this book is just too long for how little happens in it.
If you are a fan of dystopia, apocalyptic fiction, of YA paranormal series then you may want to check out The Omega Series. Ford does a great job of setting up the world building via miniseries stories that complement each novel. I will admit that I did read the Omega Miniseries before reading Omega, and it is suggested that readers read the Theta Miniseries before Theta, which I didn’t do. Maybe if I had the story would have flowed better. On the other hand, I shouldn’t have to read the miniseries in order to enjoy the second novel. While entertaining, this by no means is a “must-read.”