Title & Author: Trickery by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington
Genre: YA/NA – Reverse Harem, Fantasy, Mythology, Gods, Romance, Action
Release Date: February 28th 2017
Series: Curse of the Gods #1
Publisher: Self Published
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Description: Willa Knight: Dweller. Slave. Non-magical being.
In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods.
At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won’t ever be forced to present herself to them… Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world—a position that she definitely did not earn.
Under the sudden, watchful eye of the gods, she will be tasked to serve the Abcurse brothers, five sols built of arrogance, perfection and power. They are almost gods themselves, and under their service she is either going to end up sentenced to death, or else they are going to ruin her so badly that she will wish for it.
Either way, she is in trouble.
Let’s break this review down a bit. First of all the cover (and the other covers in the series so far) is gorgeous. This is a self published book but looks really polished and well done. The formatting is wonderful and the editing is pretty good. I still think it could have been gone over with a fine tooth comb since some sentence structure made little sense but it was easy to overlook. The extra goodies the authors made for this series are fun (character cards, book trailer, etc.) Canon this is what the cast is supposed to look like:
I don’t particularly care for the “chiseled jaw, scruffy look” so I picture them slightly different but it’s nice to have a visual to fall back on when there is so many characters. Definitely a big plus for this series.
The book follows the similar CL Stone reverse harem format. Each guy seems to have a nickname for Willa, each have their own quirks like dressing her or holding her. It wasn’t enough to make me compare but now that I’m done with the book I can see some of the resemblance. Problem is, CL Stone does such a great job writing reverse harem I can understand why the authors wanting to break into this genre will have a tough time not being compared. So overall I’m not worried about the small similarities. The characters are original and Willa was nothing like Sang.
Which brings me to my next issue. Willa. Oh you silly silly dweller. I have a inkling of what your “curse” is going to be about later in the series and why it seems important to remind the reader that you are clumsy and seem helpless all the time but I got tired of reading how she couldn’t even walk on a smooth surface if she wasn’t looking directly at her feet. Later in the series she began to show Mary Sue tendencies. Spoiler [highlight to view] She seems to be gaining all the guys powers but can only use them “sometimes” or when she is in danger. like dodging a hit when she would normally fall into it, etc. You can tell at some point she’s going to get powerful. Maybe turn into a god? So that was something I had a major issue with. We can tell the way the story is going to evolve but I can’t help enjoying the read nonetheless.
Other small things that irked me was the use of replacement words. I understand this is a “different/new” world so you’re wanting new names for things but replacing the words like minute, day, and year get very annoying as you read on. My brain simply replaced the made up words like click (minute) and sun-cycle (day) with their proper terms after awhile.
Overall it was enjoyable, definitely a guilty pleasure read as I know no one reads RH for it’s literary notability. I’m not expecting anything ground breaking from the series but I’m willing to keep with it because this is one of the few series other than CL Stone’s work I enjoyed.