* I received a free review copy of this novel via NetGalley. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: Meet Frida. Divorce lawyer, cynic and secret descendant of the immortal love god Eros. She’s about to have a really bad day . . .
When a handsome but clearly delusional man named Dan bursts into Frida’s office and insists that she is fated to save the world, she has him ejected faster than you can say ‘prenup’.
But a creepy meeting, a demon or three and one attempted kidnapping later, Frida is beginning to face the inconvenient truth: Dan is in fact The Oracle, the gods of Greek mythology are real and Frida herself appears to be everyone’s only hope.
The world is doomed.
If you are a fan of Tom Holt’s mythological comic works, Douglas Adams’ chaotic Dirk Gently duology (and a bit!), and/or the Good Omens collaboration between Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, then you will love this book as much as I did.
The story is a fast-paced merger between Greek mythology and modern urban fantasy, with our heroine a cynical divorce lawyer with romance issues and a snarky attitude.
The book has also been compared to Bridget Jones’ Diary, and I can see why, as the first-person narrative gives us immediate insight and intimacy with Frida’s motivations and thought processes, and it is her missteps and mistakes that help endear her to the reader.
We only meet a limited cast of mythical beings in this book, and the ones we do are reimagined in a fascinatingly fresh way, so there is a lot of scope for further books with the same characters, which I am really excited about because Frida’s ‘secret identity’ is a perfect fit for this storyline, but also versatile enough to meddle in almost any field. Perhaps a private detective agency like the tv series Angel, or Psych?
In addition to excellent plot and characters, the writing is smooth and accomplished, and the author’s style is light and witty.
This book is definitely going to be one of my top reads for 2018, and I will look forward to more from Nicola Mostyn in the hope I have found a new favourite author to add to my all-time favourites list.
I press the small button that alerts the guard in charge of patrolling this whole row of offices. As I do so, Dan stands up. Instinctively I jerk backwards and, wishing I’d kept the pepper spray to hand, grab the nearest sharp object.
He smiles again. ‘Are you going to write me a sternly worded note?’
I glance down at the fountain pen in my hand. Oh dear. Witty, as well as mad. I better get him out of here before I start dating him.
– Nicola Mostyn, The Gods of Love
The Gods of Love will be released on 1st February 2018, but you can preorder it on Amazon here.