Strikes. Starvation. Riots. Britain is at breaking-point and Aura is blind to it all. The Cult of Artemis is the only home she’s ever known. Enclosed in its luxury lifestyle, the unrest gripping the country seems to belong to a distant world. Her dream is to serve the Goddess and taking a vow of chastity and obedience seems a small price to pay. But days before Aura is due to be initiated as a Priestess, she meets Aiden, the rebellious son of a cult insider, whose radical ideas and unsettling charm force Aura to question everything – and everyone – she knows.
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Aura has grown up in the sheltered life of the Temple of Artemis. All she dreams of is serving the Goddess and becoming Artemis’s Oracle someday. She has very little idea about the world outside her cult. She doesn’t have inkling about how the world is in shambles and the politics that not only surrounds the country but is also deep rooted in her cult. When she makes an oracle in a public place, her life is about to change drastically. The only one she can turn to is Aiden, the rebellious son of a cult insider…
I think the world created in this book is awesome. It is a modern world where politics plays a big role and internet and other media have an equal standing. Yet, the people still believe in religion an oracle in a way that may seem very superstitious. The mix between science, politics, religion and magic is so balanced that as a reader I believed in both aspects of the story. It also depicts, how people in power – whether in politics or in religion are susceptible to corruption and how they manipulate the common people - which stands true in our reality as well.
Aura was an interesting character. From the meek and obedient servant of the God to the strong individual who stands up against corruption, she makes an amazing journey of growth and development through the story. Aiden on the other hand is a character that grabs your attention right away but show very little growth. Together they help each other out and their growing affection for each other was fun to read.
I did miss the back story a bit. I mean we are introduced to a world where the government is in shambles and there is much political unrest. But how did things get there? Did any of the characters from the story have a hand or a role in it? I also would have liked to see more of the people on the council of the cult of Artemis. As a result the world building fell a little short of expectations and felt a bit flat.
Overall, the book kept my interest and the pages flew by. Interesting read!
Review Copy received from Bloomsbury India