Monday, April 2, 2012

Treasure by Megan Derr

Treasure (The Lost Gods #1) by Megan Derr
Less Than Three Press
Novel: 250pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Nine gods ruled the world, until the ultimate betrayal resulted in their destruction. Now, the world is dying and only by restoring the Lost Gods can it be saved.

Nine hundred years ago, the Dragons of the Three Storms, gods of chaos, tried to destroy their land of Kundou. Only by rising up and slaying the Dragons and stealing their power was Kundou saved. Now, that power resides in the royal family and grants them the right to rule.

But that power comes at a terrible price, and Prince Nankyokukai is determined that he will be the last to pay it—even if it means surrendering his chance with the man he has waited for his entire life.

It took all of 51 pages for me to get into this book. I honestly thought it was going to be a very slow read and one I would not like very much. I now know better than to underestimate Miss Derr, because she sure knows know how to write a great fantastical story.

This is the first book in the Lost Gods series, and it brought the awesome and some serious ass kicking mermaids. The objective of restoring the gods is to bring chaos to order, because you just can’t have too much order. Prince Nankyokukai (but lets get real, you can’t say it and I can’t say it) so he will be called Kyo. Kyo is to suffer a terrible fate, so his family can retain their power, but Kyo decides he’s going to suffer that fate his way. He brings his secretary and friend Taka, and they voyage out to sea, but Kyo is keeping secrets and everyone wants to know why.

We also meet Kin, the captain of the ship that Kyo and Taka will be using for the journey. Raidan, the rich merchant with his flamboyant clothes and equally flamboyant personality. Together the four men will journey, and become closer than expected. Kin and Kyo share a past, a past both men haven’t forgotten and Raidan will find the ultimate treasure in Taka. This story equally belongs to all the characters, and man they are seriously kick ass.

As I said, slow going in the beginning but it does pick up with some great fight scenes with kick ass mermaids. The richness of the characters and their history also adds something great the story. I enjoy a solid world building, and Treasure has a fantastic one and it never feels like information overload, the right amount at the right time. I find that with books I have read by Megan Derr, there is so much going on that it would be a crime to write about all in a review. It’s just too fantastic to sum up, too fantastic.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this one and have me anticipating a pants losing for book two. I loved all the characters; I am a serious sucker for pretty men with all sorts of coloured hair. It’s as if a Japanese anime kicked me in the face with awesomeness. If you are a fan of fantasy, gods, and magic? Then look no further this book is probably for you. Treasure was a fantastic read.

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