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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Luna; Original edition (July 21 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373803168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373803163
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #273,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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 spoil

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By Sandy S. TOP 100 REVIEWER on Jan. 24 2012
Format: Paperback
DIVINE BY MISTAKE by P.C.Cast

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.
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The story is about Shannon Parker who is a 35 year old English teacher from Oklahoma. Right after purchasing an ancient vase, she finds herself transported to the mystical world of Partholon where she has switched places with the Goddess Incarnate of Epona. Shannon's from the 21st century and finds herself in a world where there is no technology or modern amenities, a point she constantly laments. Shannon's a great character. She's down to earth and sarcastic with a great sense of humor. And even though she's become a goddess in Partholon surrounded by luxury, she's still true to herself and doesn't look down on others.

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.
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Shannon Parker, a high school English teacher, experiences what can mildly be called a 'jolt' when she is thrown into a different world. Her mirror image in this new world, Rhiannon, the High Priestess of the goddess Epona, had observed Shannon in her world and sought to take her place. Both got more than they bargained for.
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.
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I don't think I can ever say enough about this book-it was so fantastic!
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.
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