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4.80  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  16 reviews
"Agape & Ares" is a thrilling and clever romantic story.
Agape is an attractive, mysterious young woman enjoying her holiday on the picturesque Greek island of Santorini. There she meets Ares, a handsome man with a shady past and provoking manners. Will a romance spark between them? Should it?


'A poem “Agape and Ares” is an attempt to tell the world about the importance
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Published September 2020 by FABLS (first published November 2015)
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Píaras Cíonnaoíth
Themes of love and compassion...

The author sets the tone for this wonderful piece of work in the preface: ‘A poem “Agape and Ares” is an attempt to tell the world about the importance of having a positive attitude toward other people. If only we could stop criticizing and blaming others — even if the person in question is a criminal — the world would be a better place. Whether consciously or subconsciously, we all seek acceptance, kindness, and love.’

When we read good poetry, it captures our sou
Raffaella Rowell
This is a beautifully written romance story in verse. A heartfelt poem. The verse is so lovely, and it flows so well, like music. I loved it!
Sarah Neofield
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the foreword to "Agape and Ares", Neil Tailor writes that "Any young person who has taken a holiday on a Greek island will immediately take to this poem". I don't think I've ever read a poem the length of "Agape and Ares", but I knew I had to try it after seeing Ksenia Sein's work featured in @lawrencejayswitzer's December Awards List on Instagram ("Agape and Ares" deservedly won "best novelette in verse"). As it so happens, I discovered Sein's poem soon after returning from the Greek isles m ...more
Dr. Leanna Floyd
Agape and Ares: A Romantic Story in Verse is a beautiful and romantic story that paints scenic descriptions that transport the reader to a dreamy place called Santorini. The story flows effortlessly, and the reader is swept up into its pages and is lulled into the rhythmic verses. I loved the themes of love and compassion that were woven delicately throughout the story. Agape’s heart is so pure, and her ability to try and find forgiveness in the one who betrayed her is admirable. Agape was a shi ...more
Lawrence Switzer
In truth, I am not an avid poetry reader and I am shamefully unaware of current trends in that genre, but having recently made the long-distance acquaintance of a young Estonian poet, I decided to allow myself an opportunity to re-explore that territory by reading her latest book, Agape & Ares.

I've had a long-term affinity for Estonian music (as in composers Eduard Tubin and Avro Part) and the story in verse I'm reviewing is as musical and pleasing to the ear as a Baltic chamber work could be. I
Sarah Stuart
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite

AGAPE & ARES: A romantic story in verse by Ksenia Sein is written in freestyle with nod to “short story” in as much as every poem, none of them long, is designated as one of nine chapters. Each of them is illustrated with an appropriate sketch, but all of them are entitled Agape and Ares. Ares appears first, mourning his start in life and very angry that his mother left him in an orphanage, thus denying him her love and suckling at her breast. “Ares
Denise N. Wheatley
I love nothing more than being swept away by a beautiful romance, and the story of AGAPE & ARES did just that. I literally felt as though I’d been transported to the breathtaking Greek island of Santorini and experienced the intense, passionate encounter between a brooding Casanova with a questionable past (Ares), and a woman on holiday whose soul is pure, understanding, and forgiving (Agape). What gives this lyrical tome its depth is the creative, unique way in which the story is poetically wov ...more
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brief and Special...

This is a brief book that contains a poem that really reads like a novel. The author is able to say so much in such few pages, which is something really great. It doesn't matter if you know about Agape and Ares already or not since you get an insight into each of their characters throughout the book. If you are looking for a book to read when you have a few minutes, you won't be disappointed with this one. You can feel great emotions when you read this poem so if you are look
Veronica Hammer
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I am in awe at how a long poem in short story form can draw such emotion! I found myself wanting more!

My hope is that Author Ksenia Sein will turn this into a full novel!

I love the old classics and Ksenia's writing style is reminiscent of an Oscar Wilde prose while still maintaining a modern feel; almost as if the characters were transports from an ancient time set in the now. How did she do this?!!!

Kudos to Ksenia for making me beg an author for more! Well done!
Jenny Knipfer
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic and Tragic

Agape & Ares tells the tale of a love which transforms, despite jealousy, tragedy, and pain. The reader will be swept away by Sein’s imagery and wise words, like rivulets flowing and feeding the story. Agape & Ares is reminiscent of classic poetry and holds a Shakespearean flavor. I throughly enjoyed the poem; I only wish it had been longer.
Nannette Kreitzman
Kudos to Ksenia Sein!

Being unfamiliar with stories told in verse, it took my prose driven mind a couple of readings of Agape & Ares to appreciate the artistry required to tell a complex tale in this style. Her economy of words left me craving more, but perhaps that is the nature of the art.
Henery Lee
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The power of love is powerful indeed

This story is a testament that even if only for a brief moment, love can conquer all. Opposites do attract, but some attractions just aren't meant to be. This was a delightful tale and I recommend everyone who believes that change isn't possible to read it. The author truly outdid herself.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love agape ares hurt pain

A love story between a guy, Ares and a girl, Agape, told in rhyme. The guy must heal his heart and look inward to find love. But after all the mistakes he has made, will he be able to keep the love he now has?
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Agape & Ares by Ksenia Sein

It's an art to write a story in the poetry verses. Ksenia is blessed with magical hands to weave words like pearls touching the chords of the reader's heart.

Her book gave me courage, hope, and strength. I have found the voice of a brave soul in her words. The story moves in the smooth flow and tells you again and again never to lose hope. It also encourages you to find your truth.

To be blessed with a soul of Agape is an admirable thing as she knows forgiveness. It is
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this masterfully written story-in-verse, we follow the tale of Agape, a young woman on holiday on Greek islands, and Ares, a charmingly mysterious local Casanova. The bright and sunny story has a dark twist that gets you to the edge of your seat. I particularly loved Chapter 4, where Agape contemplates her grandmother's advice which serves to foreshadow the tension in the future events. The summery atmosphere drags the reader in, language is skillfully used to weave the light, breezy mood of ...more
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