Thursday, August 11, 2022

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Dark Goddess by Kelsey Ketch @kelseyketch @lolasblogtours

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This is my post during the blog tour for Dark Goddess by Kelsey Ketch. Dark Goddess is a vampiric retelling of the Eye of Ra.

This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours and the tour runs from 7 till 13 August. You can see the tour schedule here.

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Dark Goddess (A Dark Reflections Short Story #1)
By Kelsey Ketch
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: August 2022

Blurb:
Chaos has descended on Egypt, and the people are revolting against their immortal king. Little do they know the wrath he is about to unleash using his daughter as his weapon.


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Excerpt:

A few hours after I fed on my father’s blood, a guard fetched me from the windowless chamber. Two servants had dressed me in a fine, transparent sheath dress and painted my face with kohl and ochre. My eyes were still sensitive to the flickering flames burning in the chamber basins, yet it was nothing compared to Ra’s early morning rays filtering into the hallways of my father’s home. It burned. I continued to stare at my feet, but there was a draw to the sun’s intense heat. One I never felt before. It was like something in me felt confident that it would not harm me. Not in the way it used to. I was stronger somehow. At some point, I dared to touch the direct sunlight. My fingertips bubbled and blistered, but when I pulled them back into the shadows, the blisters receded and gave way to smooth, healthy, golden skin. Never in my life had my wounds healed so quickly.

And that wasn’t the only change. My sister and I always had an incredible sense of smell. Therefore, catching the whiff from the animal stalls or finding the guard’s musk and frankincense perfume overwhelming was nothing new. However, there was now a strong metallic scent I never noticed before and a faint odor like aged meat. It made my mouth water as if I were smelling fresh bread from the kitchen. On top of it, the rhythmic beating that reverberated from the guard’s chest was driving some primal hunger deep within my soul wild. It took all my strength to focus on the sounds coming from the heart of my father’s house: a symphony of bird calls, footsteps, shifting dirt and sand, and the gentle thunk of clay pots dipping into water. The usual gentle sounds of everyday life, only ten times louder.

As we exited the royal apartments and chambers, I could suddenly hear each of my father’s counselors speaking. Their voices a soft whisper that bounced off the plastered mudbrick walls and painted lotus columns. They were discussing matters of state. Primarily famine, economic crises, and several recent uprisings. Moving through the center of the house, their voices grew louder, as if they were shouting inside my head. I even detected the lilt of panic and uncertainty in their tone as I sensed their hearts racing. I looked at the guard, who did not seem bothered at all. Perhaps, he was used to such arguments or could not hear them as I could.

Everyone hushed the moment I stepped into the throne room. Ignoring the small crowd, I looked toward the back wall where my father sat on a small golden chair. His shendyt was adorned with an ornate frontal panel. A broad golden collar rested on his shoulders. His chin bore a long, braided false beard. And upon his shaven head sat the pschent, the double crown combining the white crown of Upper Egypt and the red crown of Lower Egypt. My father’s eyes shifted toward me, and I quickly lowered my gaze, for no mortal could look the king—a god—directly in the eye.


My Review:

After the people revolt against the King, he has lost face, and to regain faith with the people he is about to release something very powerful among them. The King must get back control in any way possible and at any cost.

The King’s daughter Sekhmet thought she was being made into an immortal like her father but something way more sinister has been bestowed upon her. Sekhmet’s days and nights begin to blur, she has no idea or remembrance of what has occurred during her missing days.

She can’t believe what she hears when a trusted confidant begins to tell her what happened during her memory lapse. He tells her that she has slaughtered thousands. When her father arrives he blames Sekhmet for it all. Say she lost control and reigned down chaos upon the people. But did she? Is her father speaking the truth?

Dark Goddess is a short story but it reads as if it was a full-length novel. Although I did have one little problem with it and that is that it was not long enough. I would like to have read more about Sekhmet and her life before everything happened. But at the same time, it is perfect just the way it is.

Dark Goddess is filled with lots of action and suspense to keep those pages turning and racing to the end to see how it all turns out. The descriptions were written so vividly that I had no problem seeing it all as if it was happening right before my eyes. I could even feel what the characters were feeling.

I can see all the people running around in the middle of the street while everything was turning red. I can see the look of horror on their faces as they looked back hoping they would not be next.

As with all of Kelsey Ketch’s books I highly recommend Dark Goddess to all fans of the Gods and Goddess! One-click your copy of Dark Goddess today!



Other book in the series:
Dark Creation
Dark Creation (A Dark Reflections Short Story #2)
By Kelsey Ketch
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: 30 April 2021

Blurb:
Long before Charissa began her murderous rampage through history, she was a young woman living in ancient Alexandria.

Oppressed by society and cursed by the color of her hair, Charissa had hardly seen the world beyond the four walls of her home. So, when her husband leaves for extended military duty, she takes the opportunity to tour the city her brother once loved. Little does she know the Fates have other plans in store for her when she runs into an exotic woman in the Rhakotis District. The encounter will change her life forever.


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About the Author:
Kelsey Ketch is a young-adult/new-adult author, who works as a Wildlife Biologist and Data Analyst. During her free time, she can often be found working on her latest work in progress. She also enjoys history, mythology, traveling, and reading.

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Giveaway
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1 comments:

Kelsey Ketch said...

Thank you, again, for participating in Dark Goddess's Blog Tour and the review!

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