A Background on the God of Death, Thanatos

Thanatos is the Greek god of death. In Omega and Lantos, he is mentioned so briefly, the only thought I gave to him was when I paused to think, wait, isn’t Hades the Greek god of death?  Then, in the Silent Queen, Thanatos explodes onto the scene, taking his share of the stage, and now I know this minor god is going to impact Lizzy’s Omega characters in a major way!

To start off with, I was, of course, wrong when I thought Hades was the god of death. Hades is the god of the Underworld, and therefore, the god of the dead, not the god of death, which isn’t the same thing at all. Hades governs the Underworld while Thanatos is wrapped up in the business of taking life and carrying souls off to the realm of the dead.

So where does Thanatos come from and who are his people? According to Greek mythology, Thanatos is the son of Nyx, goddess of night, and Erebos, god of darkness. He was born into the first generation of Greek gods (the second generation being the Titans and the third generation being the famous Olympic gods we’re familiar with). He has a host of terrifying siblings, including violent death, old age, strife, retribution and deception. Charon, the Boatman who leads souls to the Underworld, and Hypnos, god of sleep, are also his brothers.

Unsurprisingly, Thanatos is hated by both mortals and gods. Phoibe, in Silent Queen, certainly isn’t thrilled when Thanatos shows up. I think it’s because he doesn’t care if a person is rich, royal or really good-looking – to him, everyone has an expiration date. His hard and pitiless heart makes him one of the most feared of all of Nyx’s children.

Interestingly enough, though, Thanatos is associated with peaceful death. On the good-and-evil scale, he’s a neutral party. However, Phoibe, the keeper of the Bloodline, represents a family who has escaped Thanatos’ attention for 10,000 years. Can we say natural conflict? Thanatos has got to be feeling some professional affront about this girl who is exempt from death when no one else has that luxury.

When these two tangle in the Theta Beginnings Miniseries, those closest to Phoibe are heavily impacted. I still can’t decide if that impact is good or bad for her peeps. You’ll have to read the books, too, and let me know what you think!

–          Amanda, Rabid Reader

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New Release: “Shadow Titan” (#3, Theta Beginnings Miniseries)

The third installment of the Theta Beginnings Miniseries is now here and FREE! (Kindle readers please note: Amazon has been slow to make books free, but the Kindle version is available from Smashwords! Links below!)

Shadow Titan (#3, Theta Beginnings Miniseries)

Shadow Titan

Lantos, the demigod son of a Titan, is left stranded in a forest during the attacks that are wiping out humanity. Unable to access his magic, he is helped by two unlikely allies, including one woman whose agenda is too hidden for even the master of secrets to decipher. But soon, those secrets are revealed to him, and he begins to wish he’d never met the enigmatic woman who gives him the keys to the dangerous double omega prophecy.

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Free on all platforms except Amazon. Kindle version is free from Smashwords!

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Meet the Goddess Artemis

Meet the Goddess Artemis:
Her Role in Omega and Omega Beginnings Miniseries

In Omega and Omega Beginnings Miniseries, Artemis is a woodswomen, huntress and the patroness of girls in trouble. She is also a busy, busy bee because…well…there are girls in trouble! Specifically, two young women:  Alessandra, the Oracle of Delphi and Phoibe, Queen of Greece. Both of them are screwed without this goddess on their side…

If you’ve read Omega and all eight episodes of the miniseries like I did last year, you may have noticed the goddess steering major events for many of the characters. I’m not sure if Artemis puts this much effort into safeguarding every little girl who runs into trouble, but if so, I tip my hat to her endurance. However, she has compelling reasons to save these two: One, Artemis knows Alessandra is fated to save humanity. And two, she knows Phoibe is the keeper of the Bloodline.

While Lizzy spoils us readers by giving us eight distinct points of view in the Omega Beginnings Miniseries, one perspective we didn’t get to read about is Artemis’. I wonder what motivates this goddess. I also wonder, when the time comes, will Alessandra and Phoibe stand with Artemis?

~ Amanda, Rabid Reader

Discussion questions for other Rabid Readers infected with the Omega and Omega Beginnings Miniseries bug (includes spoilers!):

  1. In Mismatch, the grotesque assumes Artemis will turn him back into stone if she finds out he is awake. However, in Phoibe, the crown princess thinks Mismatch is sent to her by Artemis as the answer to her prayers. What do you think…does Artemis know Mismatch is alive or not?
  2. The High Priestess, before her plunging death in Phoibe, treated Princess Phoibe abominably. In Theodocia, Dosy observes other priestesses acting with selfish and ambitious interests. Since Artemis allies with Dosy and Lantos (two outsiders) to safeguard the princess, what do you think is going on inside the Temple of Artemis? Why doesn’t Artemis get her house in order?
  3.  In Lantos, the demigod assumes Artemis is unaware of Alessandra’s existence, so he doesn’t ask the goddess for help finding the little Oracle. Why do you think Artemis keeps him in the dark about what she knows?
  4. According to Herakles, Artemis led her priests to the Olympian so that Alessandra can be raised learning the Old Ways. Why do you think Artemis wants Alessandra to learn the Old Ways, as opposed to the accepted religious teachings of the gods?

Have fun reading and discussing!

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Cover reveal: “Theta” (#2, Omega Series)

We’re thrilled to release the cover for “Theta” (#2, Omega Series!) “Theta” is the second book in the trilogy and sequel to “Omega.”

The working summary and cover are below!

Cover by: Eden Crane Designs

Photo by: K Keeton Designs

Theta 

ThetaAlessandra, 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.

 

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