Format: E-Galley, 302 pages
Release Date: August 29, 2016
Publisher: Captured Press
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology
Alessandra, the Oracle of Delphi, is under the control of the Supreme Magistrate, a madman determined to use her goddess-like powers to conquer deities and humans alike. Unable to confront him as she would like to, she bides her time and learns the political ropes while trying to save as many lives as possible. The implant linking her telepathically to the Supreme Magistrate begins to pull her into his madness, until she can no longer tell reality from the fictitious world he has created. With her allies exiled beyond the walls, Alessandra turns to Lantos, the Supreme Priest, a demigod as likely to betray her as help her. Lantos promises to help her on one condition – a condition she’s initially unwilling to accept.
Outside of Washington DC, Phoibe, the Silent Queen, struggles to control her rebellion. The army is fractured and unwilling to follow a teenage queen against the military might the Supreme Magistrate has spent years building. Just when she’s about to give up, she finds support where she least expects to: in the very gods she swore to expel from Earth. They’ll help her, if she calls off her war against them.
The Grotesque Prince, Adonis, has spent his life not knowing who he is. On a journey of self-discovery mandated by the goddess Artemis, he returns to the lands he once ruled. Amidst the rubble and destruction caused by the gods, he uncovers the plaque the goddess tasked him to find. Once he reads it, he understands too well the danger he’s placed everyone around him in, especially Alessandra, who woke him from slumber without understanding the consequences of such an action.
Theta is the second installment in author Lizzy Ford's Omega series. Theta picks up several months after the brutal ending to Omega. 18-year old protagonist Alessandra aka Lyssa, is the fated Oracle of Delphi. She's found herself in a precarious situation after being ensnared by Cleon, the Supreme Megalomaniac who she is bound to thanks an unbreakable implant placed on her spine. After the horrific ending to Oracle, Lyssa has few options left and few allies she can trust. She's basically a weapon that can be pointed at anyone that Cleon doesn't like, and she doesn't have a whole lot of room to say no.
With her her one source of happiness, Adonis, the Grotesque Prince away on a mission to find answers about his own past and her servant/spy Leandra being continually watched, Lyssa has to find a way to hold out as long as she can to avoid having all of her powers. This novel actually is a bit different from the first one. This novel is not only from Lyssa's perspective, but also Phoibe, the Silent Queens. It is from this perspective that we see the real meaning of the war that the Gods brought to the planet 5 years ago.
It is from her perspective that we get the real meaning of loss, and suffering, and tragedy, and a real desire to rid the world of the Gods who she despises once and for all. With Lyssa being compromised by Cleon, Phoibe and her allies must confront the real possibility of having to move forward against Cleon and Lantos, the Supreme Priest alone. There is yet another perspective as well, and that is of Niko, the mercenary, turned Army Commander who has thrown all in with Cleon. We also can't forget Adonis even though he isn't in the story that much. What parts he is in, explain a whole lot about his bloodline that also affects Phoibe.
If there were a way for readers to actually travel into a story for just a moment in time so that we could can punch a character in the throat, Niko would definitely be my choice. There's someone else as well, but I won't spoil who else becomes a villain. Ford has definitely turned this series into a curiosity with a damn startling revelation and betrayal that left me itching for the next installment. Before I finish, I should explain that Ford also has a series called Theta Beginnings that actually takes place BEFORE this series. It features characters like Lyssa, Phoibe, Mismatch, Lantos, Theodocia, & Herakles just to name a handful.