A homeless, white 18-year-old learns she’s a demigoddess and must choose allegiances.
When Sage is drugged at a party, she starts seeing odd features on fellow revelers: wings and fangs. In her altered state, she starts manifesting strange, fiery powers before a new arrival—a handsome, bronze-skinned Irishman named Faelan—helps her through this experience and informs her that her true mother was the goddess Brighid, making Sage a demigoddess. She’s swept off the streets and into a complex supernatural world based on Irish cosmology, where she’s offered protection and help controlling her abilities. Unless readers are taken in by the premise or connect early with Sage, the book risks losing them due to a sluggish pace, as worldbuilding exposition repeats itself, adding just a little new information each time, and Sage dreams repeatedly of her long–cast-out, infamous older sister. The pace and intrigue pick up after Sage’s formal Introduction to the supernatural world, the period of time in which the houses of the five main gods and goddesses must vie with one another for her loyalty—and power. This contest takes the form of a love triangle among Sage, Faelan, and the dark prince from House Morrígan. Aside from Sage, female characters tend to be vapid, treacherous, or both. Eventually, all the exposition pays off and the heroes set up for their next moves—in the next book.
The Irish-pantheon premise injects originality into otherwise-familiar tropes. (Paranormal romance. 14-adult)