Phantasma by Efthalia: Review

April 22, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I was provided with an advance reader copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.

Phantasma by Efthalia: ReviewPhantasma by Efthalia
four-half-stars
Series: Phi Athanatoi #1
Published by Mill City Press on April 8, 2016
Genres: Mystery Romance, Paranormal/Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 292
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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One night’s transgression. A love unveiled. The inescapable outcome of passion and vengeance.

Carissa Alkippes is the daughter of a god but she doesn’t know it. As a cop, she’s seen her fair share of bad but nothing prepared her for the horror of the world she has been plunged into.

Xen Lyson is the head of the Phi Athanatoi, a group of immortals who have been protecting man for over 2,000 years from the Kakodiamones – demons who want nothing more than to feast on humanity.

Thrown face to face with Xen during a skirmish with the demons, Carissa becomes a pawn in a deadly game of a demi-god who seeks godly power.

Having grown up in a particularly Greek suburb of inner-western Sydney, the Greek culture, language and mythology have all long held great fascination for me.

So, seeing a paranormal romance that blends all of these with a hefty dose of fast-paced drama and action-packed adventure…..I was all over that like a hungry seagull on a fresh hot chip!

Wow! What an adventure you will be taken on with Phantasma, the debut offering from Sydney author, Efthalia.

Here are my thoughts on Phantasma:

From Charleston to Athens, and on to Sounion, Phantasma weaves together a collection of wildly compelling and believable characters & very exciting mythological action.

Carissa is a fantastic heroine – independent, sure of herself and pretty kick-arse. Seeing how she comes to deal with her newly-discovered persona and power was awesome. Our hero, Xen is a dark and complex character, but I loved that he wasn’t all moodiness and alphaholic. The match of Carissa and Xen is perfect – passionate without being suffocating, strong without being a constant bunfight.

Efthalia has imbued the action with a great hint of humour as well, and there were several times I found myself laughing out loud.

I really loved the liberal use of Greek words and terminology woven into the story. Some of these words I knew (let’s face it, they were the dirtier terms), and there were some that I didn’t know that well. If you are bewildered by the Greek terms and words used throughout the book, there’s a glossary at the end of the book that will really help.

Phantasma is a brilliant debut effort, and a fantastic first book in the Phi Athanatoi series. There is a definite hint as to what may transpire in book 2, and I for one cannot wait for it.

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