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The old gods aren’t gone. Whether you know it or not, they’re closer than a breath upon your cheek.

Alexander Sekhmet keeps to himself, far from the Machiavellian games played by his Family, and he’s led a quiet ordered life as a result. Until now.

When his legendary temper is exploited by an ancient enemy, tricking him into destroying his human identity, he takes drastic st
Paperback, 152 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Bookmen Media Group (first published July 31st 2013)
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Alice Liu
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm often surprised at the gems I find among indie authors. "Eye of the Storm" blends urban fantasy with mythology in a modern story of a woman possessed by a dangerous force. Aimee Kuzenski brings out the ingenuity of even the most broken of individuals, and the humanity in the most soulless. For a short novel, the characters are exceptionally well developed and the relationships are fully earned. The resolution dealt with the inevitable march of time and the place of immortals in the present. ...more
David Bruns
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I met Aimee Kuzenski a few weeks ago when she gave a reading of her debut novel “Eye of the Storm” at DreamHaven Books in Minneapolis. Her reading convinced me to buy a copy of the book and I’m glad I did.

As Book One in the Deus Ex Machina quartet, “Eye of the Storm” introduces us to the old gods. The really old gods. As in the OG, Original Gods. For source material, Kuzenski goes all the way back to the Four Horsemen (Conquest, War, Plague and Death, in case you needed a refresher). In her worl
Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy! :)

I enjoyed this quick fun read about Alexander Sekhmet, ancient deity, and his adventures in dealing with his Family, but there were some issues that hopefully get resolved in the next book.

First, the story was rushed. It was a short novel, and didn't quite have that polished, edited feel. There's not much background, and you're thrown right in, which is fine in some books, but there's a lot of things that get mixed in and never explained.

Also, the storyli
Fangs for the Fantasy
Alexander, personification of War, likes to keep to himself – he certainly has no wish to be involved in Family business. Unfortunately, with a family like his, there’s no escaping it and his neat life is quickly disordered

Now facing an unknown foe – and ominous predictions from his opium addicted relative, Apollo – Alexander has to face some hard truths. He’s sloppy, he’s out of date, he’s badly in need of shaking up.

Enter Camilla, 21st century female soldier – and Alexander’s knew vessel (very
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book from Broad Universe Publishing, through NetGalley, in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I've always liked books about myths and legends and although I got a bit confused while reading this book, I still found it an entertaining, well-written read with an interesting plot and characters.

I thought it was pretty interesting how the author merged the different pantheons in this, even though I would have liked to see more of the characters
Antonio Urias
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review and others are available on my blog.

Aimee Kuzenski's Eye of the Storm is the first in her Urban Fantasy series Deus Ex Familia following the adventures of Alexander Sekhmet—an Old God, War to be precise, as he attempts to discover which of his fellow gods is attempting to attack him. Along the way he posses a West Point lieutenant, Camilla Sykes, absorbing her personality, memories, and soul, using her as new pair of eyes for a very old problem.

The concept of the Old Gods of many re
Sadie Forsythe
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is Urban Fantasy at its best...and it really is Urban Fantasy. There is no sex and only the merest hint of a possible future (F/F) romance, so not to be confused with PNR.

Kusenski does a fabulous job of creating atmosphere and presenting the immortal gods as both all-powerful and oddly fragile. I really adored this about War. Conversely, there was nothing fragile about Camilla. But I loved her just as much. She truly was the strong female character I'm always looking for and finding myse
Alysa H.
May 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
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I like the idea of a pompous, immortal *dude* like this book's Alexander Sekhmet -- incarnation of War -- being snarked at by a tough-as-nails human woman. Camilla is a cool character, even if I find her resigned acceptance of Sekhmet's actions a little hard to believe.

But although there are a few different POVs throughout the book, most of it is spent in Sekhmet's 1st person voice, and I find that voice quite dull and stilted. I managed to get about halfway through this book before giving up.
I started this book because it was billed as a GLBT book. Instead it was a mostly non-romance adventure/politics story about the God of War getting maneuvered into a bad situation and getting out of it by possessing a female soldier (who is not in a lesbian relationship with the lesbian cop character, more's the pity). There some really interesting political interplay, but it's mostly character study about War, Camilla (the soldier) and a young schizophrenic man who is possessed by Eris/Discord. ...more
Matthew Vinez
Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started on this book, but it kept my attention the entire way through! Definitely looking forward to the next in this series. breezed through this book, hardly noticing the time passing. I really enjoyed it, but feel I would have enjoyed it even more if I was more familiar with the many mythological references. ...more
Caroline Burau
Aug 25, 2013 marked it as to-read
Clean, smart writing. I am hooked after just a few pages.
Megan Press
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got completely lost in this book and will have a very hard time waiting for the next one!!
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Aimee Kuzenski was born in Clintonville, WI, and currently lives in northeast Minneapolis, MN. She moved there in 1996 in an effort to use her BFA Acting Power for good, and discovered she didn’t really enjoy having no health care and looking for a new job every four weeks. After some discussion and internal musing, Aimee took herself to the University of Minnesota for electrical engineering train ...more

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