Divine by Mistake Paperback – Jul 21 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
An estate sale specializing in Oklahoma Gothic heralds high school teacher Shannon Parker's unwitting transformation into High Priestess of the Goddess Epona and transportation into an ancient Celtic world replete with divine intervention, shape-shifters, war and centaur romance. In Goddess by Mistake, P.C. Cast introduces modern woman Shannon into a mythic world with humor and verve.
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About the Author
P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school before writing full time. Ms. Cast is a New York Times Best-Selling author and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Ms. Cast lives in Oklahoma with her fabulous daughter, her spoilSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Divine by Mistake is the first book in P.C. Cast's Divine series featuring Shannon Parker and Clanfintan set in the mythical world of Partholon. With the release of the first book in 2001, the Divine series is the adult companion to PC's YA (Young Adult) Partholon novels including Elphame's Choice and Brighid's Quest. Many of you will recognize P.C Cast. She co-authors the House of Night novels with her daughter, Kristin.
Shannon Parker, a 30 something English teacher from Tulsa, Oklahoma sets out on the last day of the school year to attend an estate auction featuring unique and strange antiquities. Little does she know, she is about to be swept into a magical world of centaurs, Goddesses, muse nymphs, shamans and the evil Fomorians.
With her sights set on a strange Celtic vase embossed with her image, Shannon faces off in a bidding war for the urn that seems to generate an intriguing force, a compulsion to be owned. But, while driving home, Shannon suddenly becomes ill when the vase emits an energy field that causes her to crash her car, then waking up in a world of castles and mirror images of everyone she knows.
Shannon wakes to finds herself in Partholon, in the role of Lady Rhiannon, High Priestess and beloved of the Goddess Epona, and betrothed to Clanfintan, a Shaman and shapeshifting centaur. Rhiannon's slave Alanna, and soon to be best friend of Shannon, explains that she is the identical likeness of the Lady Rhiannon, who has used a magic wall of fire and crossed the divide between worlds, to escape her handfasting with Clanfintan. But Shannon soon realizes that Rhiannon was no lady. She was a sexually promiscuous and self-centred woman who despised and mistreated everyone around her, except her father.Read more ›
Divine by Mistake is a book filled with equal parts fantasy and romance. On the romance front, I didn't know what to think of the centaurs at first. As Goddess Incarnate of Epona, Shannon finds herself betrothed and married to ClanFintan, a centaur and High Shaman. I've never read any romance featuring a centaur so like Shannon; I definitely had some questions about it and wondered about how it would work. What surprised me was how much I grew to like ClanFintan. It didn't even matter that his bottom half was a horse because he was so sweet, protective to Shannon that I couldn't help but love him.
Partholon is a fascinating world filled with mythology interlaced with Roman/Celtic themes. There were many places described in Partholon and one point Shannon flees to one place to another. For me, what was missing was a map of Partholon. A map for reference would be helpful because then you can see where everything is situated and it would be less confusing when reading the story.
While in this new world, Shannon finds out that Lady Rhiannon was spoiled, self indulgent, rude and willful: not a well liked woman at all. And she finds herself wedding a centaur, who obviously dislikes Rhiannon. But by being herself, Shannon wins over all those around her.
Sometime between falling in love, blessing the masses, and nursing victims sick with the plague, Shannon sees in her dreams a horrifying band of creatures murdering whole castles full of people, and mating with the women. Soon, Shannon's task becomes clear: she must stop these living, breathing atrocities.
Though the book has a minimum of actual mythology, the characters and storyline should keep any fantasy fan hooked. The way Cast wrote the centaurs was intriguing, and the characters are true to life and wonderful. While the ending sort of tapers off, as if the author became tired of plotting out every little thing, overall, the book was wonderful and monstrously entertaining.
Just starting her summer vacation as a schoolteacher, Shannon Parker goes to an antique show and buys a vase that transports her to another place and time. Shannon quickly finds out that she has traded places with the High Priestess Epona who could be her twin in body but not personality. While the people around her adore Epona, they also fear her for her vicious temper. Only half recovered from what ever happened to her to transport her to this new place, Shannon finds herself suddenly getting married to a horse (actually a centaur) and it is all she can do to pretend to fill the missing Priestess' shoes! It isn't until her usually pleasant dreams become nightmares that she finds out they are actually visions, that Shannon finds maybe she really has the strength of a goddess. With each new vision Shannon and her husband the centaur, ClanFintan find themselves closer and closer to a battle with a formidable enemy. With the love of her husband, and his people standing with hers they unite the land in a war that will either be their salvation or total annihilation!
Ms Cast has written a very powerful novel. We have reincarnation, centaurs, Muses, magic and a really creepy enemy called the Fomorians. Where much of the book could be dark, our heroine refuses to let it. She has such an upbeat personality that makes it hard not to laugh as Shannon constantly has conversations with herself. She sets out to befriend Epona's "slaves" and later the female centaurs (loved them!) because every woman needs good friends; which is something the real Epona would never have done. And the people love her for it! GODDESS BY MISTAKE is written in first person and for most of the book, I didn't even notice.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Cant wait for the next book to come out I have everything that goes with this set just waiting on the next books to come out hope they do make a moviePublished on Aug. 26 2013 by Crystal
I love PC Casts books because of the different types of characters and story lines. This series certainly delivered. Great read.Published on May 8 2013 by Kim keskinen
I loved this book, and couldn't put it down.
My reluctance to give this book a 5 is because there were too many unresolved issues in the book. Read more
I didn't realize I was buying a Harlequin Romance type book.
As a fantasy and myth aficionado, I will pretty much read
anything in the genre but this book is not of the... Read more
I love fantasy, I love mythology, I love romances, but I do require a little more than ignorant playacting and juvenile writing. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by TlwsTeg
While I wouldn't be holding my breath for this book to be declared a literary masterpiece, it is an enjoyable departure from the norm in the fantasy genre. P.C. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2004 by B.S.
Cute book, great new idea and well written, but more of a romance novel than the straight fantasy novel I had expected. (I'm not a fan of romance novels).Published on Jan. 25 2004
What a hoot! Talk about your anti-PC, wow was this thing funny!
The story is about Shannon Parker, a middle-aged English teacher who likes her summers off, her cloths... Read more