Promise of Shadows
by Justina Ireland
Zephyr Mourning has never been very good at being a Harpy. She’d rather watch reality TV than learn forty-seven ways to kill a man, and she pretty much sucks at wielding magic. Zephyr was ready for a future pretending to be a normal human instead of a half-god assassin. But all that changes when her sister is murdered—and she uses a forbidden dark power to save herself from the same fate.
Zephyr is on the run from a punishment worse than death when an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend (a surprisingly HOT friend) changes everything. Because it seems like Zephyr might just be the Nyx, a dark goddess made flesh that is prophesied to change the power balance. For hundreds of years the half-gods have lived in fear, and Zephyr is supposed to change that.
But how is she supposed to save everyone when she can’t even save herself?
Zephyr is hiding out in the underworld to keep her self safe from the gods. She used a forbidden power to kill one when her sister was murdered. She had her Harpy wings cut off and now she is alone but for one friend she has made. She soon finds out there may be more reason the gods are after her. She may be the Nyx a dark goddess who is said to be the one to change everything. She is pulled form the underworld by old friends and finds she is the only hope they have against Hera. She will have to believe the trust others have in her to do the right thing.
I love books with Mythology and who wouldn't want to read a book about a Harpy. This book has many things I liked about it and some I din't like. I didn't like how weak Zephyr was at many times. Here it is she can kill gods but she is afraid to use it and doesn't want to believe she can be the Nyx even when all signs point to that she is. She has had her harpy wings took from her and mourns the loss of them but many times she has said she would have liked a normal life as a human. However the more I read and saw how she was treated growing up I could see why she thinks so little of herself. She was always told to keep her power a secret and never use it. She did turn it around and become a better character towards the end but it took a lot to get her to believe in herself. Tallon is another thing that got on my nerves at times. He loves Zephyr but pushes her away one minute and the next leading her on. I just wish he wouldn't put distance between them at times. I love reading this book and figuring things out and the Nyx power was very awesome. Cass was a favorite of mine. Everyone didn't trust her but Zephyr saw good in her. All the different creatures, powers and the mythology made it a great read. It started a little off to me but once I got into it I had to see what would happen next. I will say this was about a three until near the end when it got bumped up to a four. If you like mythology or just want something a little different be sure to give this one a try.
4 out of 5 Bats~Pam