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Child of War - A God is Born

(OF WAR #2)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Ares settles down with his wife, Alena, to await the birth of their son, Raven. As Alena struggles to enjoy what should be a blessed event, prophetic visions of an adult Raven haunt her dreams. Are they true visions or false ones implanted by Cernunnos who told her the boy would bring glory to Ares but only pain and agony to her? The strong but delicate Fey is relentlessly ...more
Paperback, 428 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Moon Mistress Publishing (first published 2011)
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Ronda  Tutt
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing

WOW! WOW! WOW! This second installment to the “Of War” series is absolutely brilliant and creatively written. The story captivated me from the first page not with just the smooth writing style but with how visualized the characters came alive on the page. I felt like I was literally there experiencing every action and emotion right along with them. Lisa Darling has definitely weaved and defined a more humanistic world around these Mythical Gods. She has captured
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yeah, I know I'm biased because I'm the author! LOL Still, I think if you enjoyed "The Heart of War" you will enjoy the continuation of this series. I always write for adults and not for those who are unable to handle the truth of the world around them. Dark material ensues including the dreaded infidelity but once you discover how and why I think you'll agree with Ares' decision. I started this novel with all of the great kid-centered horror flicks of my younger days in mind; "The Exorcist", "T ...more
Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
As a God of Olympus, Ares should have been utterly content, expecting a son born of a wife he was completely in love with. Alena, likewise was deeply in love with her husband, and was thrilled with her pregnancy. But the politics, treachery, and pettiness of the God's of Olympus rarely allow for happiness to blossom. With the birth of their son Raven, Zeus and Apollo hatch scheme after scheme to tear this new family apart, and with Ares continued secrecy, Alena has no choice but to believe she i ...more

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My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

"I'm an Olympian, like you and the rest. I'm not like my mother; I'm not fragile, week and inept. I was born to rule, not serve."


...or winged spawn of Satan! Before I get started...please note, this book is number 2 in the series so if you have not read book 1, you will be 'spoiled'.

**This book was gifted to me by the author for an honest review**

Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
being one of the beta readers one could say i am biased with my opinion but i'm not. i'm honest enough to tell lisa i don't like a certain part if that were so.
this book takes you on another wonderful ride, ups and downs, joy, heartache. it has it all.
it's true some parts (or the little previews she is sharing) are or might be heard to read or understand. HOWEVER they fit the story, it builds a certain tension and leaves you hanging with a huge cliffhanger.
i cringed at some parts thinking "no,
Evelyn Amaro
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Child of War is a jaw-dropping series that left me peeling my mouth from the floor as the story took me on an ultimate thrill ride of unrelinquished, blood-boiling romance, revenge, lust, lies and betrayal. Hang on to your seats everyone, this book is going to take you on a very bumpy ride.

Have you ever read a book where you could not see what is coming? Multiple twists and turns that left your head spinning, your heart pounding, and your temperature rising?
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved the first book, but OMG the second book was GREAT! I could not put this book down at all.
Yes, I enjoyed it that much. I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster. One minute I felt happy, love, shock, hate, saddness and did I mention hate. We finally get to see why Zeus hates the Celts and there is some serious history there. The love between Alena and Ares was tested again and again. I can't wait to see where the next book will take everyone.

Lisa, I love this series and I'm so rea
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I want this book!! I love the Author's writing style! YAY!! I won it in Halloween Blog Hop!! Super Excited!!! ...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
4.5 of 5 Stars**

Lisa Beth Darling skillfully continues to create emotional depth and enthrall readers in Child of War, a saga filled with action, powerful gods, and shocking surprises.

Child of War is book 2 in Lisa Beth Darling’s epic series, Of War. In Book 1, The Heart of War, Alena and Ares meet and eventually fall in love. There is darkness and tough times, but in the end, Alena and Ares are in love. Their story continues in Child Of War, Alena is pregnant, and Ares and Alena are stuck on Ol
Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr-fantasy
As life on Olympus gets more and more complicated, both Alena and Ares make the best of the situation. Until....Their is son is born. It seems everything and everyone up on Olympus is E.V.I.L. (then again,if you have read the first book, you already know that) Nothing is made easy for this couple. In the previous book, Alena is thriving for her life almost near death. Ares' mother now realizes her son has finally found love. She's willing to help Alena and heal her, only on one condition.If she ...more
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review [by Michelle L. Olson – LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha]:
Lisa Beth Darling’s 2nd book in the Of War series was everything I expected it to be – dark, sexy, vicious, and absolutely gripping.

Child of War picks up where Heart of War left off, with Alena pregnant and she and Ares living on Mt. Olympus as a happily married couple (well as happy as a married couple on Olympus can be anyway). The pregnancy is tough on her though and she’s experiencing a lot of things that are downright scary
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-n-reviewed
So really? I was going to give this book 3 stars...but then the evil cliffy at the end?! Well let me just say when a cliffhanger leaves you wanting to rip your hair out that alone deserves another star!

In the last book, Heart of War, we met Alena & Ares. We walked the dark, disturbing, and sometimes down right HOT paths of their lives. We went from hating Ares, to loving him. We go from being completely disgusted at times, to OMG FOR THE LOVE OF B.O.B turned on. In the end the growth between the
Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Favorite Lines “I'll come home with your Queen. I'll make everything right again.”

“So, unlike Alena and me, although you may lay there breathless and spent, you'll never know what true satisfaction—that undeniable connection—feels like,”

“Don't you know I'd do anything for you? You're my world. I never felt love before or this deep desire to guard someone. I never knew what it was to hold something precious and sacred before you,”

“Some say love it is a river that drowns the tender reed, some say
InD'tale Magazine
Alena and Ares are waiting for the birth of their son, Raven while living on Mt. Olympus. Even though they are miserable on the frozen mountain, a promise is a promise and they are stuck there instead of on their beautiful, warm island. However, Alena’s pregnancy is not going well and after Raven is born he shows signs of being much more powerful than his mixed blood should make him. How will the couple survive the behind the scenes machinations of their enemies Zeus, Apollo and Aphrodite? But t ...more
Book Review originally published here:

Focusing on the Olympian Gods but while providing sufficient original elements to keep the story wholeheartedly entertaining, Child of War – A God is Born starts with Alena’s difficult pregnancy. She’s married to Ares (yep, the God of War), and the pregnancy is anything but blissful. She’s haunted by terrible visions of her son, Raven, and what he will do as an adult. Alena also has to deal with the elitist behavior f
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I ordered a signed hard cover of this novel and couldn't wait for it arrive. Having absolutely LOVED book #1 The Heart of War I snagged it quicker than you can say 'jack sprat'.

Ms. Darling doesn't fail to amaze me with her talent and creativity. Again, I was sucked into her world from page 1. I stayed up all night reading it as I was unable to put it down. I felt for Alena right from the start as she's trapped on Olympus with all those crazy power-hungry gods. Ares is less of an ass in this book
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh My Gosh! Raven is terrible and sort of reminds me of the Seed of Chunky lol. He's one of thoses babies that should have been drowned at birth. This book is not suitable for anyone who gets queezy or disgusted real easy. Besides that, this story was great and even though it's all about betrayal, revenge, jealousy, murder, sabotage (you get where I'm going with this) you also have to remember that this is the first part of the story and I have complete faith in Mrs. Lisa that it will get better ...more
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This felt like a pretty typical second book in a series, with a lot of building events and plots, but no resolutions. I am very sure though that the author will tie everything up nicely and leave no loose ends in the next book in the series. This book was a very different read compared to the previous one. The people are much the same and the Gods of Olympus keep scheming against each other, however there was almost none of the physical violen
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, mythology
The captivating second book in the Of War Series presents Ares and Alena as they are trying to settle down and start a family. The story shifts from the focus on their personal relationship to dealing with the rest of the Gods. There is enough to keep this book a page-turner with treachery and murder and especially the half God, quarter fey, and quarter human Raven rampaging around. There are plots against Ares and Alena’s family with Zeus wanting them destroyed and testing their love at every t ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-challenge
This is a great addition to the series. I am looking forward to the next book. It has definitely made be re exam the Greek Parthenon. This is a very good read but not a pick up book. You will need to read the previous book in the series but you will be glad you did.

What can I say! This left me emotionally spent. Such a roller coaster ride that refuses to let up. I love LBD's writing style, so vivid and captivating. Bring on book 3!

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. (LoP r2r)
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I think LBD writes the best paranormals. Ares and Alena's story gets only better in this sequel and having to wait until January for part three is excruciating. ...more
Stephanie  G
With the upcoming birth of her son Alena should be the happiest woman alive but instead she has fears for her life and the life of her unborn child. Zeus will not stand for her or her mud blood son to dirty his throne so he is determined to find a way to destroy her and her little monster she will bring into this world.
The further Alena gets in her pregnancy the harder it becomes to carry the son of War. She is having vision of a boy .. no a man, that she is sure is Raven her unborn son. He com
Arlena Dean
Author: Lisa Beth Daring
Published by: Moon Mistress Publishing
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series #2
Rating: 5


"Child of War - A God is Born (Of War #2)" by Lisa Beth Darling was a second in a series that was creatively written. This story was of Ares and Alena who are now on Olympus who were awaiting the birth of their son Raven. This was definitely one of those stories that once you start you will not want to stop until you are finished with it being s
Hugh Smith
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Having just survived the Holidays, it's nice to know that even Gods have family issues. When God of War Ares and the Fey Alena have a baby, they run into the issues most parents can relate to, questions about child rearing, doubts about the future, pushy in-laws and family squabbles. Only, instead of normal humans the combatants are all Gods.

Because of his mixed parentage, the Olympian Gods all have an axe to grind regarding the child's future and it falls on his mother to try to protect him. On
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
In this book Ms. Darling has done something interesting by creating a character, Aphrodite, that I can honestly say I despised. The sequel to “The Heart of War” is engaging from the first page to the last. Ares and Magdalena are now the parents of Raven, a teen at the center of a battle between Gods and mortals. Their determination not to let their son be destroyed by the gods makes for an interesting read.

Ms. Darling takes the problems of normal humans: love, a thirst for revenge, jealousy – a
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
The "Of War"-series picks up in part I of this II-part sequel when Ares and Alena try to settle down on Olympus and await the birth of their son, Raven. As Zeus, Apollo, and Aphrodite plot against the new family, bit by bit the true pasts of the Olympians and Celts comes to light, the battle begins for Raven’s mind and soul and for the ultimate control of Olympus.

Raven is evil once Apollo and Zeus poison his mind and he starts to realize the power he has. It's so heart breaking reading what Alen
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal)

I didn't read the first one but it doesn't matter because I understood what the series was about.
I have to say that I loved reading this book. Usually when I love something I just read it in one sitting but this book I had to put down a couple of times.
The intensity in this book was so high.
Imagien a Young couple (Ares and Alena )having their first baby and all they whant is a happy marriage. But his relatives
Cheryl Duval
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-review
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the “Lovers of Paranormal” Group on

OH MY GOSH!! My heart is still pounding after finishing this book. I could not put it down. This is a very disturbing story (I loved it!!) There are so many sick, twisted, evil, totally crazy characters in this story, I detested most of them. This story made me feel so many emotions - depressed, enraged, exasperated, impassioned and outraged. Such tremendous imagination, great narrative, v
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Other books in the series

OF WAR (6 books)
  • The Heart of War (Of War, #1)
  • Christmas Eve On Olympus (OF WAR)
  • Child of War-Rising Son (OF WAR #4)
  • Women of War (Of War #5)
  • Kingdoms of War (Of War, #6)

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