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  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Edge (Aug. 27 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894063414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894063418
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,597,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An eternal Champion of the Gods - Oct. 8 2007
By ellen - Published on
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Firstly I must say that I found this book to be an excellent read - The backstory to this book is on the back cover - The Oracle at Delphi tells Ares, Greek God of War, that a Champion of the Gods will be found by him in a lowly circumstance...I am glad for the backcover because there is only slight mention of Ares' being at the Oracle and fate playing a part in his life...
In the slaving areas of ancient Greece, a man comes and bids on a fiery girl that is being sold. No one dares bid against him. The slave's name is Amarantha, and her mysterious master begins a strict training course - she is to be a top warrior - What Amarantha doesn't know at first, her master is Ares himself.
When Amarantha finds a man dying on the road, he tells her he needs to deliver a message to the King of Corinth. Am delivers the message for him...only to find the king is a childhood love, Iphicles. Iphicles is the mortal twin of demi-god Heracles - whom we know better as Hercules.
Am, as she is called, stays with Iphicles, and eventually their childhood love is rekindled. There is much court intruige - each city-state vying for power over its neighbors.. After Iphicles' fate is sealed, Am returns to Ares.
Then the world shifts - to 1999 Athens Greece - Holy places are being destroyed all over the world. A group is setting out to rid the world of its many religions and set up one religion - one God for everyone - and if they destroy holy sites, the people will see this one group is more powerful than anyone else's religions.
A young anthropologist, Alexandra Christophi, is upset by the desecration of ancient ruins - she goes to a family friend at the Temple of Zeus, and we learn that there are still followers of the Greek Pantheon, and her friend is a priest there - Her fiance Nickolas, a cop, try to stop the devastation of national treasures...
It seems the world needs a Champion - there mixes two stories into one - Am coming to defend the Gods and Goddesses from these evil people.
Both tales, and how they merge are masterfully done. The mythology is excellent and the story of timeless love, and fealty to the Gods is amazing. Am and Ares are together until the Fates decree she is to go and champion them at another time...
There is a possibility of a sequel - that would be great - Ares and his now love, Amarantha are truly a story fit for the Gods.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful read. Nov. 3 2013
By Sue M. Van - Published on
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This author is one of my very favorites. She writes from the heart and has a unique ability to bring the reader into the scene and feel what the characters are feeling. It's a wonderful read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Encore Please! Sept. 29 2013
By Lorraine Carey - Published on
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As Fate Decrees is one of those novels that will steal your heart especially if you are into Greek Mythology and Romance as I am. Imagine a warrior goddess created for the gods and in their likeness to be the guardian of ancient times. I was so wrapped up on the early years of Amarantha that I felt I was actually right there in ancient Greece. Denyse Bridger has a knack for creating that intense visual sense with the accurate period vernacular . Amarantha is one tough warrior who will love so passionately for one man whom she cannot have but be thrusted into another life where her passion will turn to the ultimate and supernatural warrior she was mean to be. As she is able to be transported through time she finds herself at the brink of the new millennium and has the ultimate job of saving the secrets of the ancient Greek gods as evil is out to destroy her and civilization. I love a story with a surprise ending and this one surely delivers. This is just one of Bridger's fine works of art. I would love to see a sequel to this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Everyone Should Read Jan. 20 2009
By Heather D. Shaw-Gardener - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is truly phenomenal. The mix of mythology with both historical and modern times is seemless. Ms. Bridger made me believe the Gods were alive and caring about what was happening today, to the point that Ares himself was here during the Millenia switch.

With a perfect pace, well developed characters and an intriguing storyline of a God's Champion who was once mortal and hand chosen by Ares himself, this story brings into it a depth and insight I have never thought of before.

The characters themselves jump off the pages and make the reader want to become a part of their lives. I cried and laughed with them, I ached and shared in their joys. They truly touched me as the reader, to the point that my dreams for several days included these characters.

This is a book that anyone who enjoys a great story should read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Really good historical story Sept. 3 2008
By Paul Lappen - Published on
Format: Paperback
In Ancient Greece, a woman named Amarantha finds herself as the next item up for sale in the Athens slave market. She is bought by a mysterious stranger who refuses to identify himself. He trains her as a warrior, and makes it clear to Amarantha that disobedience is a really bad idea. After her skills have been perfected, the stranger reveals himself as Ares, the god of war, and son of Zeus. She has been trained to be Champion of the gods of Olympus, to vanquish evil forever, until the gods say otherwise.

Sent into the world as a kind of traveling warrior, Amarantha runs into Iphicles, now King of Corinth. The two were very good friends, almost lovers, when they were younger. She stays for a while as one of his advisors, to the whispers of nearly everyone that their relationship is not exactly platonic.

While in another city also ruled by Iphicles that has been badly damaged by bandits, Ares tells Amarantha that Iphicles must return to Corinth, now. She can't tell Iphicles how she knows this, but when he finally listens to her and returns to Corinth, with Amarantha as part of the procession, the city has been decimated. There are many deaths, including Iphicles' queen.

Switching suddenly to present day Athens, Amarantha finds herself in the body of archaeologist Alexandra Christophi. This is not the first time that Ares has sent her elsewhere in time. This time, the enemy is a shadowy terrorist organization that has been bombing religious sites all over the world, including Macchu Picchu, the Vatican and all the religious sites in Athens. The object is to destroy all other gods and bring about the coming of The One True God. The gods of Olympus understand that their fate hangs in the balance. In the final battle, Amarantha/Alexandra is severely injured. Will the gods grant her the peace she seeks?

Here is a first-rate piece of writing. It's very readable, the characters are well done, and it is an interesting look inside Greek mythology. This gets two thumbs up.

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