There's nothing ordinary about Owenn Magpantay the moment awareness seeped through her consciousness.
A demi-goddess born from the line of maharlika and Bathala himself, Owenn is the hope for peace between mortal and the divine. But when the god Apolaki decried Bathala's love for humans, Owenn became his ultimate target.
Together with her half-sister, the bathaluman Mayari, they travel to present day Manila where Owenn must eventually face the evil of Apolaki with the help of Companions descended from the warrior nobility.
My first exposure to Anne Plaza's work was via a live reading of an excerpt of In Over Her Head, so I knew her to be a romance author. Now I haven't read IOHH yet, but first page into Bloodline Maharlika and I knew this girl was meant to write urban fantasy. She's simply a natural at it. I read through each line with the mantra 'thisissocoolthisissocool' running around my head, flipping the pages with breakneck speed in my hunger to know what happened next. She delivered the story with this inherent exuberance, and it just came through that not only did she love telling this story, but she also took time to do the painstaking research to ground it firmly to its Philippine mythology roots. Oh, and did you know Bloodline is slated to be a trilogy? I can't wait!
As part of my venture to read works by Filipino authors, I thought the premise of this story is great. A modern setting mixed with Philippine mythology—I'm on board with that. And yet after reading through this whole book, the story just wasn't connecting with me. There is something about the narration that felt off :/
To me, the main character Owenn comes off as annoying. I find it great that she has this tough demeanor and yet full of insecurities due to her mission. That being said, I think that it could have been fleshed out more. As the main character, I wanted to root for her, but the end result is that I didn't care about her at all.
-- Random: Owenn is taking up anthropology and is in her final semester of college. I have to look up the list of courses this degree program has but I find it weird she's taking up intro to folklore in her final semester. Isn't that supposed to be like one of her foundation courses?