Wings of Fury (Wings of Fury #1)
Emily R. King
Published March 1, 2021
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About Wings of Fury
Cronus, God of Gods, whose inheritance is the world. Among his possessions: women, imprisoned and fated to serve. The strong-minded Althea Lambros controls her own fate and lives to honor her dying mother’s plea to protect her two sisters at all costs. Althea’s journey toward crushing the tyranny has begun. It is a destiny foretold by the Fates. And she is following their visions.
On the southern isle of Crete, hidden among mortal women who have fled the Titans, is the Boy God, son of Cronus and believed dead. He shares Althea’s destiny to vanquish the Almighty—fate willing. Because Cronus has caught wind of the plot. He’s amassing his own forces against Althea’s righteous rebellion and all those who will no longer surrender or run. There will be war. If she’s to survive to write their history, the indomitable Althea must soar higher than any god.
I’m beginning to realize I consistently don’t enjoy certain writing styles. WINGS OF FURY has a lot of really cool elements to it, but it’s written in a kind of internal narrative style without a lot of dialogue. It’s harder for me to really fall in love with a book written that way– not because it’s bad, just personal preference.
Still, the book has a lot of great and interesting elements. It takes place in a fiercely oppressive world in which women have few rights and treated by men as property to be claimed. A girl like Althea, the story’s narrator, can’t help but upset the system in a world like that. She’s bold and strong and unafraid. Her fierce love for her sisters and her promise to her mother to protect them means she’ll face any threat– even the god of gods, Cronos, to keep them safe.
I liked Althea’s fierceness and her love for her sisters. I’m a huge fan of sister stories in general, so that part of the story alone probably would have landed this book high on my reading list. I’m glad I read the book– I liked the mythological retelling and the way the pieces all came together in the end.
Though Althea is a young narrator, probably seventeen or so, I’d say this is more adult fiction with some crossover appeal to teen readers. Check the section below for notes on content.
Recommended for Ages 16 up.
Main characters are Greek.
Profanity/Crude Language Content
Strong profanity used infrequently.
References to sex. References to rape and torture. A man can claim a woman to belong to him by having her tattooed. She is not allowed to refuse. Two women kiss. Kissing and sexual touching between a boy and girl. Some nudity.
Gods and goddesses are characters in the story.
Several scenes show and reference women abused by men. Some women cut their own faces to try to make themselves less appealing to men.
Wine and nectar (also causes drunkenness) are consumed socially and at feasts.
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