Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gods Misbehaving on Magic Thursday with Peta Crake


A little while ago some friends and I were discussing who could be a god in disguise. The answers were not surprising – Joe Manganiello, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Henry Cavill, Tom Hiddleston, Jennifer Aniston, Helen Mirren, Hugh Jackman, Cate Blanchett, anyone whose surname is Hemsworth. Most of the suggestions, well all of them really, are actors who are easy on the eye but are also quite human with their own quirks and problems. They can be both distant and approachable at the same time.

It got me thinking about ancient gods and the stories told about them. I think one of the reasons mythology still resounds in today’s society is that the gods they talk about had very human traits. They weren't perfect. In fact, their problems took on epic proportions and made ours look inconsequential in comparison. They could be great at one thing but shocking at others. They were basically an over exaggerated version of us.  

The gods in the Ophelia Lind series haven’t changed much since the myths immortalising them were written. They still fight, hold grudges, make mistakes, and misinterpret things. They have learnt from some of their mistakes but can often resort to bad habits when stressed. They are just like us, except when they throw a tantrum they can destroy a whole town.

In Sacrifice, Phi has to walk the line between humanity and the gods, unfortunately, with the gods behaving like spoilt conniving children it can be easy for her to forget just how powerful they are. Or how powerful she has the potential to be.




SACRIFICE
Ophelia Lind has never been your average girl, but since becoming the Harbinger, her life has become even more complicated. Still a messenger for the Olympic gods, Ophelia is desperately trying to balance her new position with her complicated family. The only thing that's been going well is her deepening relationship with demigod Aden.

When a message delivery goes awry, a dangerous artefact is stolen, and a woman beloved of the gods goes missing, Ophelia falls under suspicion and she realises that once again she's become caught up in a sinister plot. And if that weren't enough, someone is stirring up trouble between her and Aden. As the threats begin to escalate, Ophelia must try to clear her name before the gods take action. But will she be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect what she loves most…


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