Ishtar’s Blade by Lisa Blackwood #review

Warrior.
King’s confidant.
Avenging blade of the Goddess Ishtar.

Iltani asked to be none of these things. Yet fate does not ask permission when she weaves souls upon destiny’s loom.

On the day of Iltani’s birth, an assassin tried and nearly succeeded in ending the line of the gryphon kings. Out of that bloodshed, an unbreakable bond was forged between child-king and goddess-chosen infant, and from that pivotal moment forward, Iltani was never farther from King Ditanu than his shadow. Not until her training to become Ishtar’s Blade required her to leave.

After four brutal years of training, Iltani now returns to court as Ishtar’s Blade and takes up her role of king’s shadow—a dangerous position in a court where the threat of another assassination is but a blade’s width away. But for the chance to stand at the side of her beloved king, she will endure the dangers of court intrigues, assassins, and political maneuverings.

I do not often give 5-star reviews; a book really has to knock my socks off to earn one from me. To be perfectly honest, there are a lot of things about this book that would typically earn a lower rating from me…. the heroine does not consistently behave like the well-trained warrior she is supposed to be, for one. However, the fact that the author has taken a Sumerian/Mesopotamian myth (that of Ishtar, Tammuz, and Ereshkigel) and has combined it artfully with other bits of mythology like gryphons and lamassu, with none of the disparate parts of the story seeming overly contrived, that made me sit up and take notice. The reader does not need to be a student of Sumerian mythology to appreciate this book, though a passing knowledge does help. There are some sex scenes, but they are not extremely explicit. I would honestly be more concerned about the depictions of violence for younger readers, and I would certainly not recommend the book to anyone under the age of 16. I am very appreciative that the book did not have a cliffhanger ending, which is refreshing, and I am definitely interested in further outings in this series and in further works by this author.

Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock

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