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  • Ancient Gods in Modern Yorkshire

    Thank you, NetGalley, for this digital ARC. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and unbiased. This book was amazing. I could call it a British version of American Gods, but I don't think that would even do it justice. The main character is the Hindu goddess Saraswati living as a human being, working as a police detective. Her day to day investigations are interrupted by a murder that has obviously (to her) been committed by other gods. Many different gods appear: Greek, Norse, British, and of course other Hindu gods. The writing is top notch, the plot perfectly paced, and the characters are well-written and interesting. Even the side characters at the police station are well-developed. This book was five stars all the way through. Sometimes I am not sure how I will rate something until the end, but with this novel I was simply dreading the end because I loved it so much.

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  • Hindu Goddess Detective Unravels Mystery

    How am I just now hearing about this book? With the current love for mythology, I am shocked this title isn't floating around more within the reading community. I received an e-galley after it was published, and 30% into the book, I immediately ordered myself a physical copy. The Goddess of the North follows a low-ranking Hindu goddess as she lives amongst humans...as a human. A detective, no less. Cutting ties with her family due to a past conflict, Sara chooses to abandon her goddess nature and live life simply. Having no followers, believers, or worshippers of her own, she is only capable of rewinding time for a few moments. She keeps her life, both personal and professional, in strict order. That is, until a sudden earthquake plus stabbing happens right in front of her. Soon, she is found unraveling a mystery that can only be tied to another god or goddess that is wrecking havoc in her town. Things I loved: - this book made me hungry non-stop. Every single time Sara or her mother started cooking, I immediately got a craving for Indian food. I see take out in my near future - the main character is a HINDU goddess. I'm so tired of seeing Greek and Norse used over and over and over again. Don't get me wrong, I love those stories. But it's such a breath of fresh air to get a taste of a different pantheon and culture, especially as a main character! There is also trans representation in a supporting character. - the police procedural aspect wasn't overdone and had just the right amount of lingo dispersed throughout the story. If police procedural normally isn't your thing, you won't have any issues with this book. It's woven into the story so perfectly and it's not a snoozefest. - the side story that deals with Sara's past conflicts with her family. It had a coming-of-age vibe, even though she's technically immortal and way beyond that stage. - the potential for a series is HIGH. Kamsika fleshed out just enough of Sara's life as both goddess and human that literally anything is possible at this point. I almost even want to say I got a whiff of a sequel vibe from a certain sentence or two. But maybe that's just me hoping? Things I didn't love: - the pacing towards the end of the book lagged a bit more than I would have preferred. I also felt like the two storylines were competing for closure at the same time, rather than one being given the spotlight. Do yourself a favor and order a copy. I will be eagerly awaiting any and all that Kamsika does in the future!

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  • Fresh and unique mythologican urban fantasy

    Goddess of the North by Georgina Kamiska was a fun read! It was an urban, mythological fantasy mystery set in the UK with an exciting cast of multicultural characters. Typically when you read mythological fantasies these days, you get a lot of Greek inspiration. The main pantheon in this book is Hindu which was very refreshing and unique. It felt authentic, immersive, and I learned a lot about the Hindu religion and Indian culture. The main character Sara, a minor Hindu goddess living as a human detective in Sheffield, was a joy to read. Not only could she slightly influence time, she was compassionate and true to her values, but she struggled with some of the familiar issues us mere humans deal with as well. I enjoyed her difficult family relationships, strong friendships and the more subtle romantic aspect. The mystery plotline was intriguing, the characters interesting, but the main star of the show was definitely the cultural representation and mythology. The only thing I wish was different would be for the story to follow the side characters a little more so we could have seen some more growth and development as the novel progressed. All the side characters were fascinating but I didn’t feel like they got the screen time they deserved. Overall I definitely recommend Goddess of the North to any and all lovers of urban and mythological fantasy, especially if you are looking for something fresh.

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  • When Divine Intervention is Needed

    Detective Sara Nayar is the Hindu goddess of order who has been in England since Queen Victoria's reign. She knows that Sheffield is a city that contains many gods, but they typically stick to themselves and don't cause trouble. When she witnesses a murder, she knows immediately that the murderer is of the divine variety. She knows that she has to solve the crime before the killer makes their next move, but having lived as a human for so long has left her extremely weak. Sara works throughout the novel to not only continue to live the mortal life she is used to while also being an immortal being. With time ticking down, Sara feels the pressure more than ever. Can she find the killer and save the city of Sheffield before it's too late? Police procedurals typically highlight the locations where they are set and Goddess of the North is no different. Kamsika definitely creates an engrossing world separate from our reality, but ultimately totally on point. I enjoyed a lot about this book, but there were definitely pieces that could have used some more development. One of my favorite things about this book was that Kamsika features divine beings from multiple cultures, it created a delightfully enrapturing world. I think that one of my only complaints about this book is the pacing. There were certain pages where it was just descriptions that didn't really further the plot. Overall, I do think that this book is worth reading. Sara is a delightful character and I hope readers get to see more about her life and adventures in future books. Overall rating: 3.5/5 (rounded to 3) Goddess of the North will be available for purchase on August 4th. Be sure to add it to your Goodreads shelf. Also, be sure to check out Georgina Kamsika's website! I was lucky enough to be able to read this Advanced Reader's Copy through my partnership with NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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