Review: The Heart of War by Lisa Beth Darling

The Heart of War by Lisa Beth Darling
Series: Of War (# 1)
Re-release Date: January 5, 2014
Publisher: Moon Mistress Publishing
Pages: 594
Source: Book provided by the author for review



Meet Ares God of War, the Alpha Male to beat all Alpha Males and the greatest Warrior the world has ever known. He’s moody, grumpy, dominant, ravenously sexual, and above all, built like a Greek God.

Get lost in this sweeping dark saga of lust, rage, revenge, and redemption. Battle Ancient Gods while falling in love with Ares God of War and Alena MacLeod. They share a love that will rock the world from the heights of Olympus to the Celtic moors.


Review:  With over 600 pages in the Kindle version, author Lisa Beth Darling has penned the first book in the Of War series.

The Heart of War is one of those books that defies classification. It has erotic elements that would be found on the darkest side of the spectrum. It features characters from Greek mythology, but it takes place in our current time period. There is drama, murder, suspense, humor and a lot of action. Mixed together, you would think it would be a catastrophe.

Instead, it is quite a compelling read as the author showcases the relationship between Ares, God of War, and a woman named Alena.

Although it is a little rough around the edges and is begging for some editorial TLC, the overall concept is intriguing. While it might not appeal to readers who are uncomfortable with graphic material, all the events play an important role in the storyline’s development. You can’t have a story featuring the God of War without fighting. When a writer slaps a warning on a book about dark and graphic material, then readers should understand what to expect.

Incorporating Greek mythology in the story couldn’t have been easy for the author because of the amount of research required. I especially liked how the author acknowledged commonly held beliefs about Greek mythology while providing a new twist.

If I had to select words to describe the story, I would have to use “raw,” “unusual” and “unfiltered.” In order to successfully pull of this kind of story, the author had to fully commit and include the good, the bad and the downright ugly. She successfully completed this task.

While The Heart of War may not leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy, it’s a powerful book.