THE VENGEFUL GODDESS DEMANDS HER TITHE
When a stowaway is discovered aboard the merchant ship Kulap Kanya, Munny, a cabin boy on his first voyage, knows what must be done. All stowaways are sacrificed to Risafeth, the evil goddess of the sea. Such is her right, and the Kulap Kanya's only hope to return safely home.
Yet, to the horror of his crew, Captain Sunan vows to protect the stowaway, a foreigner in clown's garb. A curse falls upon the ship and all who sail with her, for Risafeth will stop at nothing to claim her tithe.
Will Munny find the courage to trust his captain and to protect the strange clown who has become his friend?
My Review: Wow. This novella was incredible. I always want to read Anne Elisabeth’s books as soon as they come out but was not able to read Goddess Tithe until later. I absolutely adored it! Some things are explained, though other mysteries are given for the author to unravel later. I can’t wait for that! The beginning of the novella was just a tad slow, but after that the action picked up and I whizzed through it. I loved Munney, who was the main character. Leonard from Veiled Rose and Moonblood showed up. I love how Anne Elisabeth interweaves all her novels. Goddess Tithe is best read either after or before Veiled Rose.
I’m curious as to who exactly Captain Sunan is. I hope the author will tell us in her future novels! He held an absolute mysteriousness in him that I would love to learn about. The only complaint I would have with this novella would be the names. They blurred together in my mind because they were so different and foreign sounding. Other than that, I absolutely loved this story!
Anne Elisabeth writes in such a lyrical way that I am always caught spellbound by her writing. Her books always have some biblical morals or parallels that are interesting to ponder as well. My favorite quote from Goddess Tithe is this one: “…Vengeance cannot abide the agony of grace.” This quote is the central point of the whole story and only a taste of Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s writing.
I cannot wait until the next book in The Goldstone Wood series comes out. It’s called Golden Daughter. Looks like my favorite character will be in it as well. Goldstone fans, can you guess who it is if I give you a hint? It has to do with a fluffy faerie cat…
I give Goddess Tithe 41/2 out of 5 stars.