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The Moreva of Astoreth

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  39 reviews
In the service of the Goddess…

Moreva Tehi, gifted scientist and the spoiled, stubborn and headstrong granddaughter of Astoreth, the Devi Goddess of Love, deliberately misses Ohra-Namtar, the compulsory and holiest rite of the Great Pantheon of Gods.

For her sin, Astoreth banishes her for a year from her beloved urban desert home to tend Her spaceship landing beacon in
Paperback, 452 pages
Published November 1st 2015 by Blackrose Press
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Richard Dominguez
"As the spiritual leader and commander of the military garrison stationed at the Syren territory, Tehi (who was sent to Syren as punishment for her transgression) must stay one step ahead of the cunning machinations of her second in command. But there is one who poses an even greater threat to her future—one who will lead her into the dangerous realm of forbidden love, setting them both on a course that can only lead to damnation and death."
The Moreva of Astoreth by Roxanne Bland is a fantastic,
C.E. Clayton
“The Moreva of Asteroth” is an interesting blend of science-fantasy where we are presented to a whole new galaxy occupied by blue skinned, white haired “gods”, and the humanoid people who worship them. Our main character is a rather arrogant scientist who is also a spiritual leader to the haoki, the lesser race that worships the main characters’, Tehi, grandmother. But her disdain for these people lands her in trouble, and Tehi finds herself banished to a kind of wasteland where she is tasked wi ...more
Kay Smillie
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a new version of the book which I first read in 2016. I admit to being a wee bit apprehensive when authors update something that I felt was almost perfect as it was. I needn't have worried though, after all this is Roxanne Bland I'm talking about, IAOTP's Top Fantasy & Science Fiction Author of 2019. Even so, still a very underrated author in my eyes.

The front cover has been changed to show main characters, Moreva Tehi and Laerd Teger (in all his manly :) glory). I'm very pleased to see
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for an intricately created world with deeply defined characters interwoven within the threads of bigotry, class status and so much more then this is the book for you!
No insta love or gratuitous sex populate these pages just a well written story that had me captivated from beginning to end.

There is also a glossary of the Syrenese and Devian language included in the book, thank goodness as I would have been a little lost without it for reference.

The story revolves around main ch
Dana Burkey
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad I decided to pick up this book today! That's! I bought the book this morning and have not stopped to even come up for air until now! It was just so exciting and fun to read that I did not want to put it down. I think that in itself shows that this book is worth a read. I don't always rush through books like this, so when I do it is for sure earned!

Well, I think that really kept me going while reading this book was Moreva! Her character is just kind of annoying at the b
Melanie S
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alien, arc, sci-fi, romance, 2018
Outstanding SF and great love story too

Marvelous! I couldn't put this book down! The Moreva of Astoreth is the engrossing tale of young mixed-breed Moreva Tehi, whose grandmother is a ruling goddess, Astoreth. Her family connections and her mixed blood make her a social outcast. Her independent, inquisitive and rebellious nature gets her into trouble repeatedly, until her grandmother exiles her as punishment. The day she arrives in the Syrenese village of Mjor, her education in the realities of
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Moreva of Astoreth is a fantastic new world I got to explore. A lovely blend of ancient history and sci-fi. Moreva the narrator is punished for disobeying her grandmother the goddess Astoreth. She is sent into exile in a “backwater” colony. It is the complete opposite of everything she is familiar with and she is forced to adapt not only her habits but her way of thinking. In the beginning the Moreva seems self centered and childish but throughout the book we see her views changing and her g ...more
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was ok for me. It seemed a little long for my taste. I think in some parts of this book it was a bit repetitive. I didn't enjoy this book like I wanted to. For me, it was just ok. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review* ...more
Sadie Forsythe

I really wanted to like this book. If anyone has been paying attention to the sci-fi romance genre over the last few years, there are an awful lot of hulking, male, blue aliens. (I even wrote a whole blog post about it once.) It was notable to see the blue alien as the female for a change. Plus, I could see that the author was trying hard to subvert some literary tropes and social norms that I love seeing subverted. Unfortunately, I don't think she was wholly successful. Here's an example.

Leigh Holland
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Moreva of Astoreth by Roxanne Bland, 454 pages, Blackrose Press 1st Edition, November 3rd 2015, Genre: Science Fiction/Romance. Warning: May Contain Spoilers.

Review by Leigh Holland.

    I have a confession to make. I don’t believe in most ancient alien theories, the works of Zechariah Sitchin, or most of the theories proposed in “Chariots of the Gods”. However, I love the idea behind all of it. I’m a fan of Stargate. What if the gods of old, such as the Anunnaki, really did come from the hea
Book Reviewer
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
For a beautiful mix of romance and science fiction, look no further than Roxanne Bland’s The Moreva of Asteroth. It follows the tale of Moreva Tehi, the granddaughter of Devi goddess Asteroth. Told through her own perspective, this story tells us of Tehi’s bigotry and open disdain for those she perceives to be of a lesser race. However, as we read from chapter to chapter, we see a change in her disposition. Things especially start to change when she is banished and forced to live in a far-away l ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok this review for me is hard. I did not particularly like this book. But it was My own fault. I picked this book based on the cover thinking it was going to be another science fiction book. Well it wasn't if anything id classify it as a romance novel that takes place in an alternate universe. With that said it was a well written well developed novel. A bit long and not much action. It centers on the main character's growth. Lots of romance and lovemaking in this book but it was not graphic.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I do agree that the artwork needs a re-do! It might turn potential readers away, but that’s just my own opinion. Some others may love it.

I love that Moreva, the main character, is a healer. She was completely spoiled her entire life and has a bit of a know-it-all attitude going on, but she’s an amazing healer who works hard researching for this cure. She’s a rule breaker, and got booted from her house via grandma, but that’s when we get transported to the Hakoi Village. This place is drea
Jan 06, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roxanne Blend delights us with young Moreva Tehi, who has been dedicated to work in the temple of the great Astoreth, her grandmother. As a punishment for her bigotry, Tehi is sent to a remote planet for a year as a punishment. Syren Perritory is by far the worst place Tehi would like to be. She feels her work on the red virus should take precedence over everything else.

Tehi wasn’t given a manual about the planet, its history, or protocols. She cannot understand why the village leader instantly
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this interesting blend of science fiction and sort of greek god fantasy. If you are into the geek world and the stories they tell then this is totally for you. The blend of these different genres I cannot say I come across too often so it definitely provided the opportunity for new stories lines.

I found the character Tehi super interesting. While I do not find a whole like of depth or deep meaning within the characters. I can see her being someone many people can relate too. Wh
Noel Diem
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roxanne Bland is definitely anything but in The Moreva of Astoreh, a gripping fantasy story that had me turning the pages repeatedly, even when I should have been doing something else. As a fan of fantasy stories since I was a child (Thank you JK Rowling), I am always eager to find something that attracts my attention. This is certainly a book that did just that, with a few hiccups here and there.

Since it is fantasy, there are a few portions that were difficult to work through or understand. The
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Tehi was looked down upon her whole life because of her heritage. But she was also a spoiled brat because of who her grandmother was. But even that didn’t prevent her from being exiled to a remote village where her whole world is changed. This was a great book about having to look deep within yourself and accept all of what you are. Then having the strength to continue when you find out all is not as it seems and being brave to go for what your heart desires.

I received a free copy of this book v
Jimmy Jefferson
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantasy story of dark mystery and sci-fi

This is a good story that encompasses a combination of sci-fi and fantasy. This is a good story line and holds the readers attention pretty well. The Author does a good job of character development and creating an alternate world from an active imagination. Enjoyed the book and would recommend to those who like sci-fi and fantasy stories.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*** Gifted in exchange for an honest review ***
I give this story 2.5 stars, there is a good storyline in this book, it just needs a better editing team to get rid of the repetitive monotone and highlight to the author where she needs to input more information where it is required.

I quite like sci fi, I was contacted via my blog, no cover or links to the book sent, and as you will see from the blurb not much is given in the way of information, other than to compare it to known published sci-fi au
Ben Serna-grey
A decent 400 page book wearing the clothes of a mediocre 480 page book, bogged down by endless cataloging of minutiae and horrible cover art.
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Interesting story line with enjoyable main characters and plenty of danger and dialogue as well. I received a copy and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Tony Parsons
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2,500 yrs. ago the Devi battled with the Syrenese.
Goddess Astoreth (grandmother, Love) is not happy with Moreva Tehi (granddaughter, healer, scientist/researcher, priestess, narrator, Devi, hakoi, morev).
Sex with your own kind is a gimme.
She did not celebrate Ohra (holy rites).
Moreva main goal is the find an antidote to eradicate the red fever.
For her punishment Moreva is sent to Astoreth-69 (Syren Perritory). There she will take up various military leadership roles, administer punishment as w
Don Sloan
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Moreva is a fascinating fantasy/sci-fi novel about a young girl of mixed race -- morev and hakoi -- who must learn to deal with her conflicting emotions about her heritage while exiled to a faraway outpost. It is, as the book's description claims, classic world-building, truly in the tradition of some of the greatest authors in the genre.

Morva Tehi is sent to Astoreth-69 in the Syren Perritory to become a minor goddess, doling out ritualistic canings to the bare backs of the men who attend her f
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The Moreva of Astoreth is an interesting blend of fantasy and science fiction. For me, the only downside to the book would be the cover. I just don’t connect with it. I know a lot of fantasy authors like these kind of 3D renderings of characters – and granted, finding stock images or something for a character looking like Moreva, is impossible, but still. I would’ve preferred an illustration above the current graphic
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

(This review may contain spoilers).

When I first saw this book, I was immediately drawn to the cover... and when I read the blurb (though it's hard to read on the print copy of the book), I was immediately interested... so when I won a copy of this book, I was very happy.

While there were some cliches during this book, such as tension between Tehi and Teger at first, I found this book fairly easy to read. I liked seeing the
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you like your fantasy novels with a side of romance and a little sci-fi just to spice things up, you’ll absolutely love “The Moreva of Astoreth.” Our heroine, Moreva Tehi, falls from grace as the favorite granddaughter of the Devi goddess Astoreth, and is banished from Astoreth’s temple to a backwater village named Mjor where the Devi and their enemies, the hakoi, are perilously close to breaking their fragile peace.

All the characters, especially Moreva but also Hyme, the village healer, Kep
J C Steel
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Moreva of Astoreth, by Roxanne Bland, is an epic science-fiction / fantasy, where the Devi and morev classes form a religious elite governing the hakoi in the name of the Devi Astoreth, Goddess of Love. Segregated by species and class boundaries, Moreva Tehi, grand-daughter of Astoreth, disdains and fears the local hakoi, bred by the Devi as workers and little more. Exiled for her avoidance to the far northern hakoi village of Syren, Tehi comes into contact with an entirely different type of ...more
Kay Smillie
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great story. This book included everything you could possibly imagine:

Professional ethics; stereotypical male and female roles; sex as part of love, and sex as abuse; organised religion (including sexual rites with titivating clothing and a whip); the religion hiding a long-held secret; racism and hostility; rules and regulations; healing and wisdom; medicines made by hand from gathered plants, and the total understanding of what each plant does; self-identity with, and without, masks; he
Charlie Vasquez
The Moreva of Astoreth” was an interesting experience for me. On one hand the premise is very unique, well thought-out and executed, and the writing was excellent. But I felt that at times the dialogue with the characters felt sort of unnecessary, and there were some parts that I thought were slow/confusing/unbelievable. It took me awhile to get into it, but I will say that once I did I was hooked! Even though at times I felt a lack of focus with Tehi to really connect with and root for her, for ...more
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Award-winning author Roxanne Bland grew up in Washington, D.C., where she discovered strange and wonderful new worlds through her local public library and bookstores. These and other life experiences have convinced her that reality is highly overrated. To escape, she writes fantasy, science fiction, romance, and a few other genres, sometimes all rolled into the same book. She was named IAOTP's Top ...more

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