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Demigods and Monsters is the second book in Raye Wagner’s Greek mythology Sphinx series. Fair warning that this will have spoilers if you haven’t read Curse of the Sphinx. You can check out my review of Curse of the Sphinx here.
Hope Nicholas is done running—from Skia, demigods, and the curse. Apollo’s edict forces her transformation into a monster, the Sphinx, and makes it impossible for her to love without the penalty of death. So as Hope sees it, she has nothing to loose.
She fakes her way into a demigod conservatory in order to gain access to the Olympian library—where she hopes to find a way to break Apollo’s power over her. Once inside, Hope has a pretty hard time hating her sworn enemies, even though they hunt monsters like her. She starts to feel things for Xan—her dreamy mentor and the son of Ares—after hearing some nasty rumors about Athan’s manipulative side.
I really love Greek mythology, so this series is right up my alley. It’s also very unique in the sense that it’s set in a modern day society that still worships the Greek gods. Wagner even works in Greek gods and phrases as curse words, which I thought was a nice touch.
Both books in this series start with a prologue in Athan’s point of view. I think this gave really great insight into Athan’s character and his intentions towards Hope. The rest of the book—besides the epilogue—is told through Hope’s perspective.
Hope isn’t a hero in the typical sense. In other Greek mythology books—like Percy Jackson—the hero and protagonist is often a demigod, but in this series Hope is a Sphinx and considered a monster. The different point of view is something I really enjoyed, especially because as seen through the first two books Hope isn’t really a monster. And I think that the demigod characters are picking up on this as well after getting to know her.
In this book I also liked how Hope is less flighty. Before when she encountered a problem she would just pack up and leave, but in Demigods and Monsters she decides to confront her problems.
In the beginning of the novel there is a lot of tension between Hope and her kind-of-aunt Priska, who is no longer missing. Basically, Hope is trying to get found by a demigod, and Priska is hovering and being too protective. This whole section of the book didn’t really do anything for me, and I kind of just got irritated with Priska and Hope.
This being said, I really liked the rest of the book set in the conservatory. At that point a lot of new characters were introduced, and I found them rather refreshing and interesting. There is a son of Apollo at the conservatory that presents extra danger to Hope—as the boys are hunting her to honor their father.
At the conservatory Hope gets really close to Xan, who’s kind of like her mentor. This is where a love triangle starts to form. And can I just say that when I read the first book I was in no way anticipating a love triangle in this series.
I was honestly kind of indifferent to Xan, the whole time I just kept thinking about Athan. Because, while Hope has been told stories by the other demigods of Athan being manipulative, as a reader I got the sense from the prologue that he really loves her.
Just one thing I want to point out, apparently demigods can alter their appearance to look younger. So both Xan and Athan are way older than Hope. I found this super creepy and was surprised that Hope didn’t linger on it longer.
Another thing that I kept going back to was how the Skia would always follow Hope, but not really attack her. Hades controls them, and I can’t wait to figure out his motives.
The ending really got me, and I was so disappointed I couldn’t just go straight to the next book. You can check out author Raye Wagner at rayewagner.com and pick up Demigods and Monsters on Amazon, out now! Let me know what you think in the comments. Plus leave recommendations for my next book!