Descendants by Rae Else
Published: April 12th 2017 by Smashwords
There are lots of stories about the children of gods. But what about those cursed by the gods, and their descendants…
El, a seventeen-year-old has inherited an ancient and deadly power. She loses control of it, causing a horrific accident, and becomes the prey of a secret organisation known as the Order.
Forced from her family and home, she hides in plain sight amidst the crowds of London, and is thrust into a world that she never knew existed; one full of Arete: beings who possess extraordinary powers like hers.
Arete are beings that can trace their lineage and powers from Ancient Greece. They claim their inheritance does not come from the gods, rather legend says they are descended from cursed beings, such as Medusa.
At the heart of their world is the kerykeion, the symbol that protects them from the humans and the humans from them. El is trapped between two factions, one that has built an empire around the kerykeion and another that is determined to bring it down.
As she is drawn deeper into the conflict, the only way to find the truth is to take matters into her own hands, and the line between friend and foe becomes dangerously blurred.
Descendants is the first book in the Young Adult, Urban Fantasy trilogy: The Arete Series
This is a very short review for a very short book.
It’s about the descendants of the original greek heroes or arete that have been cursed by the gods with different abilities such as the ability to control the elements and the ability to send Flynn’s (from Tangled) smolder to shame. We follow Ell as she reluctantly goes with her absentee mother and leave her grandma because she accidentally used her powers in public. Soon enough, she gets sucked into the hidden world of the arete in the midst of London.
I really didn’t like it, to be honest. It was a watered-down, humorless, actionless version of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series. I didn’t understand the whole concept of arete. The book said that they were cursed, but they were all categorized by their abilities that were exactly like greek’s mythical creatures. Wouldn’t it have been simpler to term them as demigods or half bloods? Because if the gods did exist to curse their ancestors then they would also have mythical creatures present. I am talking by the way about naiads, aurae, nymphs, etc. The author tries to explain this by putting in a few anatomical facts and science-y stuff that explain their physiology, as if they were mutants or whatever, but by then it stopped mattering to me.
The main character was like tofu, so bland. Then there was also a looming love triangle that the author tries to squeeze in to the end and it’s very poorly executed. The plot was nearly a disaster. The mc gets forced into a competition of sorts but she didn’t want to so she escapes and trains for a week and then suddenly comes back destroying the competition. She’s used her power for about two weeks max and then she’s basically an Olympic champion. Like, seriously. Even when they were training, the author didn’t emphasize her hard work, all she did was go into detail what they did after, like flirting and interior decorating. WHUT.
Anyway, you should go read this for yourselves and see what I mean. Or not.
Rating: 2 stars