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Orope - The White Snake

(Whisperers of the Gods #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  22 reviews
The Bronze Age saw the beginning of empires, as well as their mysterious and catastrophic end. In a world not unlike our own, the nomadic Whisperers of the Gods have been given a grave vision of the gods destroying the world in a great flood, and they send three messengers to the great empires in hopes of appeasing the gods. Finding themselves in strange new lands with eve ...more
Paperback, First, 286 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Morgan James Fiction (first published March 6th 2018)
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T.J. Wray
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Rashma Hal'Hoten, Rekra Hal'Hashap. Akrape Hal'Whata, and Karesha Hal'Harag, shall climb the mountain to Matawe and go into Kerla Hal'gepe to find the Goddess of Death, and then return to the Sea of Hatmahe...........My God! I couldn't pronounce any of the words in this book. Since it's all just made up anyway. Why couldn't we just say, "Jack and Jill went up the hill and came down the other side to the sea"? At least I would understand this. I had to spend so much time just trying to pronounce ...more
We met the author at a bookstore in Kingston, ON a few months ago and she told us it would be coming out as an audiobook soon. We just drove across the country from NY to NV, and this story got us from Lake Ontario to the Mississippi. The story is unique and engaging- I already feel attached to the characters. I am an archaeologist, and I appreciate how well researched the history is. The story takes you to several different parts of this fictional bronze age world, from the nomadic desert tribe ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to read this! Looking forward to delving into the complex world and meeting the characters created by this imaginative author.
Jenn Reid
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sure, I had to Wikipedia the Bronze Age before I started reading but once I got into the book I didn't have any trouble. Interesting characters and a unique story, looking forward to the sequel!
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the GoodReads First Reads program.

Orope drops you right in the middle of an annual Bronze Age ritual that is meant to predict and create a calendar of events for the upcoming year. This ritual is a great example of the world building in this book. It feels real, like you’re reading about an actual rite from a real ancient civilization. It’s clear that the author is both very familiar with Bronze Age peoples and that she put a great deal of tho
Audra Watts
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it

Cleanliness: Trash (10+ curse words, multiple descriptions of body parts, multiple descriptive and non-descriptive sex, ritual cutting, descriptive human sacrifices, animal sacrifices, nudity, blood, drinking, gods, sexualizing women, kissing, and death.)

I have never read a book like this book. Maybe that's just me not reading enough unique books, but this is honestly one of the most unusual books I've ever read. It throws you into a world of mythology and
Fletcher Courage
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great piece of world building. The mashup of familiar concepts related to famous Bronze Age cultures with unique narrators does an incredible job of drawing you into the books. I eagerly await the sequel.
Michele Angello
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Orope The White Snake,” the debut historical fiction novel of Guenevere Lee, transports us to the Bronze Age, fleshing out Egyptian-like lands, blood-thirsty customs and god-like kings and queens. Lee does an admirable job of creating this world, bringing to life three characters who are chosen to complete a seemingly impossible task of trying to appease the gods. Every chapter is illustrated with ancient-looking maps, showing their path. The characters take on this task and venture to unknown ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a fantasy/sci-fi fan and history lover, I found Orope refreshing since it’s placed in a fantastical bronze age in the already saturated market of medieval-fantasy novels.
The book’s world was heavily influenced by both Ancient Egypt and pre-Columbian American people. Even though the scant 300 pages wasn’t enough to developed a complex world to its fullest potential, the book was able to immerse me in the world, which will probably be expanded in the already announced sequel.
The book started a
Elise Haskell
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Ancient Egypt and fantasy, so this book really scratched an itch for me. I cannot wait to read the sequel.
Lego Lass
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good soft fantasy novel. I liked the evolution of the characters along the novel, and the description of the kingdoms as well. I'm looking forward to the sequel to see how the story continues. 5/5
Liam Gibbs
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
You can definitely feel the history in this book. Great immersion into the Bronze Age and the culture: the seas, the religion, the travels. Felt like I was right there with the characters. Give it a shot, history enthusiasts!
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
A historical fantasy set in the Bronze Age that starts off with an apocalyptic vision and takes us on an exciting adventure, across the sea and the desert, with messengers selected by the goddesses to deliver the message of impending doom to the surrounding villages. The writing felt stilted to me in places and the wording seemed odd sometimes, not to mention typos and misspellings which were hard to ignore. Even with these flaws I enjoyed this read.

I won a signed copy of the second book in this
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this a thoroughly immersive and enjoyable read. Characters stay with you long after you put the book down. I look forward to a sequel should it come!
Gregg Buford
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I got this book in the giveaway and it's the first book that I have ever won. I didn't really know what it was about but liked the cover. Started reading the day I got it. This is not my usual type of book to read but I did read books like this once. I didn't get into this book until a few chapters into the story. I like the characters more as the book goes on and you start to see all the experiences they have and see how they deal with them.
Trying to figure out which cultures they are derived
Eve TheMagnificent
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Despite imaginative settings and colorful characters (which are thr strongest aspects of this book) this novel does not read as easy as I would have expected starting out.
The language is over simplistic and rather awkward at times, I couldn't get past a plethora of grammar, syntax and other mistakes (the verb 'to bemuse' is not the same as 'to amuse'...).
The narrative misses the rhythm somehow and is slow and anti-climactic.
I forced myself to finish reading the novel, feeling obligated to do s
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In Orope, I found similarities between South American and Egyptian cultures. It is a story of a people and land faced with devastation. Three Whispers of the Gods are chosen to take the message that a flood will destroy the world as punishment for corrupting and forgetting the old ways. This chronicles their travels to the ends of the land as they know it. The maps that they use are primitive and sparse. It is an interesting story except that I did find it difficult to keep some of the names and ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I had a hard time getting into this one, but in the end I did like it. There is a map for every chapter. The author has created a world that seems to have part ancient Egypt and part Bedoin or maybe even Canaanite and Mayan or Aztec civilizations. It's very creative, but the characters developed a bit slowly... I did enjoy the concept of this small group of 3 sent from their desert peoples to warn that the gods are displeased and will drown the world unless they change. The story seems to gather ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bronze Age setting is unusual and refreshing. I'm afraid I had a lot of trouble connecting with the characters, but I have to say they were well developed, at least Tersh and Sha'di. Maybe it was just me, but I was expecting some kind of cliffhanger, but honestly things just happened, but I didn't feel there was much tension (view spoiler).

I may be willing to want to know what happens in the future with the c
Marvel Grrrl
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I know this sounds strange, but this kind of reminded me of a comic book or a manga. You have a lot of different characters and locations, and it's not just one storyline, but several that connect to each other, as well as an overall arc that drives the momentum. Maybe I just read too many comics, but it gave me this feeling of a grand world that we're only seeing the tip of. I get really excited thinking about where this series might be going!
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Very interesting sci fi reading.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway-s
actually I've just started reading it, wow, I seem to spend a lot of time trying to pronounce the names and places, definitely nothing like anything I've read before....I'll give a better review when I finish it. ok, I'm done... well, when I got past the beginning, it did get better but still not my type of reading.
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Guenevere Lee has spent a lifetime interested in the Bronze Age, devouring any book or documentary she could get her hands on, as well as inventing languages and drawing maps in her journals when she was supposed to be listening in class. Inevitably the Bronze Age seeped into her journals, and the world of Orope began to form. Having lived and worked in Canada, England, and Japan, and travelled ar ...more

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