A Modern Greek Myth, 2
Trapped on Mykonos, Azalee makes a deal with a god of death: find him Desdemona, and he’ll bring Joel, the love of her life, back to her. But her attempts are thwarted at every turn by an infuriating High Priestess, who touts great political pull and seems to have sinister plans for Azalee’s future.
Shipped back to Illyria, Joel is imprisoned beneath the Kurios’s quarters, where he’s unwittingly reunited with his dangerous elder brother, Deimos. Joel wants to rescue Azalee, but Deimos is determined to prove that Joel must break his pacifism to do it.
Though on opposite ends of Greece, Azalee and Joel’s decisions continue to twine across the threads of fate. Will fate bring them together, or are they destined to remain apart?
14+ due to violence and adult situations
The girl pointed down at her feet. When Azalee looked, she saw nothing.
Then she lifted her right foot. On her heel was a stark black tattoo that had not been there that morning. The image confused her: a stick with one end curved inward, and what looked to be a flame burning up into the curve.
She looked back to the fleecy-haired girl. “I don’t understand.”
The girl swallowed and said, “You have been marked by a shunned god.” Before Azalee could fumble up an answer, the girl gasped. “I must go!”
But the girl bolted, and she was fast. Azalee gave chase, but once she turned a corner, the girl and her fluffy cloud of hair had vanished.
Groaning, Azalee leaned against the cool, jagged wall of lodestone behind her. Priestesses filed past, none of them looking her in the eye.
As though they knew.
Curse you to the Fields of Punishment, Thanatos. Were the ethereal deity nearby, she would have exploded with each and every profanity under the skies.
Azalee pushed away from the wall and fled for the common bedroom. She needed out. Immediately.
Yet she knew if she were to flee, she needed something to protect herself from the sun. A blanket, a sheet, more chitons—anything to cover her body.
Before she reached the threshold, she caught sight of the High Priestess. The woman strode calmly toward her, head held high. Her mouth remained a straight, prideful line.
Cursing inwardly, Azalee forced her steps to soften and slow. Maybe she was lucky, and the girl hadn’t reported her new marking.
Azalee kicked her right foot a little higher under her chiton than necessary, hoping to hide her strange new tattoo. She sat on the bed, the soles of her feet firmly on the ground, and pulled back the covers. A few other priestesses milled about as they tidied the room.
The High Priestess approached her. “Azalee.”
Azalee glanced up, trying to keep her expression neutral. “Yes, High Priestess?”
The High Priestess’s eyes remained cool and opaque. “Theseus says your conversation was not as productive as he’d hoped.”
Her fingers curled around her pillow. Azalee said tightly, “I’m sorry to hear that.”
“You do, of course, realize how beneficial a husband of his standing on the island might be?”
Warmth erupted in Azalee’s ears. How is that your business? She struggled to keep a polite tone. “I would rather remain pious to Selene.”
The High Priestess shook her head. She turned and started to walk away, but paused when two women barely older than Azalee approached.
“Take our Blistered child to the Box.”
Azalee leaped to her feet, but someone grabbed her from behind before she could defend herself. Within seconds, three priestesses had hold of her while a fourth bound her ankles and wrists with loosely woven cloth.
“What are you doing?” she cried.
The High Priestess loudly announced, “Unfortunately, our blessed Blistered child has tainted the scrying pool. As punishment, she shall spend a day in Apollo’s Box.”
Azalee’s stomach plummeted. She had no idea what that was, but the High Priestess’s tone promised it would not be a pleasant experience. When she opened her mouth to protest, someone from behind pulled a thick strip of cloth through her teeth. The knot tightened behind her head tore out strands of her hair.
The High Priestess leaned in close, resting a hand on Azalee’s shoulder so she could whisper into her ear. “We shall see how you feel about Our Son of Mykonos once you spend a summer’s day sweating yourself into a delirium.”
Posted by M. Schaub on 19th Feb 2017
4 Stars ****
Priestess by Deidre Huesmann is the second book in her Modern Greek Myth book and you definitely need to read the first book before this one. This book picks up where book one leaves off, Azalee and Joel have been captured and are starting to realize the bad situation there are now in. This book has the Greek mythology that I love mixed with action, deception, desperation, and courage all with a modern twist.
Azalee wakes up in Mykonos and is now being called “Blistered Child”; to her this is a curse but to everyone around her seems to think that she is blessed. She has no idea what happened to Joel, Theseus has a sudden fascination with her and Thanatos wants her to do his bidding. There is so much that she does not understand but the only thing that matters to her is finding Joel.
Joel is being held in a prison under Kurios’s bedroom and has no idea what happened to Azalee, but he does know that he threw Niribelle under the bus. He is unsure what his future holds and when he finds himself in the cell next to his long lost brother. Dimitris is now on a mission to teach Joel that if he wants to survive and get Azalee back he must be willing to fight and possibly kill to get what he wants.
Will these to be able to find each other in the craziness that is now there life? Will Azalee be able to keep up with everyone puling her in different directions?
Okay so Azalee is starting to grow on me a little bit more. I was hesitant with her in the first book but I think she is getting better. I really like Joel still, I think he is a wholesome guy, even if he is a little shy and scared at times. Dimitris is an interesting character that I hope we get to learn more about in the next book. I will be recommending this book to friends that enjoy a good cliffhanger.
Posted by Lisa Helmick on 19th Feb 2017
Priestess by Deidre Huesmann. Rated 5 Stars
Holy smokes! This book was awesome! It is the second book of this series and I would recommend you read the first one (Blistered) before reading this one. Many of the same characters along with some new ones are in this book. It is almost completely packed with action or near action. Meaning something is always happening or going to happen soon. The story picks up right after the first book ends and takes off from there. Azalee and Joel are running separate stories in most of the book. Azalee is in Mykonos starting her term as a priestess in the Temple of Selene. Joel is on a ship headed back to Illyrian, along with Niribelle, to get his sentence for being a Traitor. Of course their main goal is to find their way back to each other but will they accomplish it?
Azalee has many many things happen to her. The great news is she has an amazing supporting cast as she moves along. She makes a deal with Thanatos, God of Peaceful Death, to bring Joel back to her as long as she helps him find Desdemona. While that is happening she makes a friend at the Temple of Selene while trying to dissuade Theseus in his suit of her. Literally in the first few chapters of this book Azalee has already encountered a God, irritated the high priestess and Theseus and kinda made a friend. She is a strong character with good motives. I can't wait to see what's in store for her next.
Joel, who is very passive, finds himself on his way back to Illyria to be imprisoned for being a traitor. In the dungeon he finds his dangerous older brother, Deimos. His brother thinks Joel needs to be less passive if he plans on saving Azalee. Joel, Deimos and Niribelle all end up together and start working their way across Greece to get to Azalee, who is on the other side.
Joel's character seems kind and a little wimpy but when circumstances arise he seems to be strong. Azalee likes the softer side of him not sure what she will think of a warrior-like Joel. Only time and the next book will tell. I look forward to reading it.
Posted by Bobbi Jo Wagner on 19th Feb 2017
Priestess (A Modern Greek Myth Book 2) by Deidre Huesmann is the second book in the A Modern Greek Myth series. This story has a little bit of everything in it, anything from romance to excitement to suspense. We were introduced to a few of these characters in the first book, Blistered and you will love what the author does with them in this story too. This story is what a fantasy story should be. The author has created twists and turns that you won't see coming. These characters will pull you into their world and you will feel like you are right there with them. Find out what happens to these characters as their story continues in this story.
In the first book Azalee was going to Mykonos, in this story she has made it there but now is trapped there. What will she do when she is given a few different choices, which will she choose? What will happen when she makes a deal with the god of death? All she wants to do is to be with the love of her life and he is promising that? The high priestess is trying to stand in her way at every turn. Does the high priestess have different plans for her future?
In this story Joel is the one being held prisoner under the Kurio's quarters. This is where he is reunited with his brother. He is determined to save her, to protect her. But will his brother allow that to happen? What rules will he have to break in order to save her? What will have in store for them? Will fate allow them to be together or is it determined to keep them apart? You will love how these two connect even though they are miles apart. How far will they go to be together?
This is my second story by Deidre Huesmann and it won't be the last. I cannot wait to see if there is a third story to this series. Deidre works in her local shipyard, dressed all in safety gear and getting her hands dirty. When she isn't in the shipyard or writing you can usually find her catching up on her reading, kicking it with her children and playing video games. Once again this author has created a story that will keep you turning page after page. These characters will pull you into their lives as their story pops off the pages. You will need to see what happens at the end of this story. I highly suggest this story as I know you will enjoy this fantasy journey as much as I have.