Synopsis

For a thousand years, Concordia has maintained peace between its provinces. To mark this incredible feat, the emperor’s ship embarks upon a twelve-day voyage to the sacred Goddess’s Mountain.

Aboard are the heirs of the twelve provinces of Concordia, each graced with a unique and secret magical ability known as a Blessing.

Except one: Ganymedes Piscero – class clown, slacker, and all-round disappointment.

When a beloved heir is murdered, everyone is a suspect. Stuck at sea and surrounded by powerful people without a Blessing to protect him, odds of survival are slim.

But as the bodies pile higher, Ganymedes must become the hero he was not born to be. Can he unmask the killer and their blessing before this bloody crusade reaches the shores of Concordia?

Or will the empire as he knows it fall?

Review

4,5 stars

I was very pleasantly surprised by this first work that does not feel like a first work!

When I got it in a book box, I wasn’t convinced and decided to read the first sentences and abandon if it didn’t sucked me in. Well, I never stopped reading before the end!

Voyage of the Damned is a  Death on the Nile’ locked room style murder mystery with a very unassuming hero.

Forget the super hero, charismatic and handsome with a six pack! Ganymedes or “Dee” is pudgy, flamboyant and unabashedly bi.

But all his outrageous exterior and jokester attitude is to hide a self loathing. So we will have a bit (read a lot) of character growth in that story!

Aside the locked room style murder that we want to solve alongside Dee, there is an amazing diversity in this book in about every form: lgbtiq, bipoc characters, body positivity, disability, chronic illness, you name it you get it!

If this wasn’t enough, this story is as much character driven as plot driven AND has a creative world building with “blessed” helping protect the empire, each blessing being different and unknown at the beginning of the story.

Voyage of the Damned combines intrigue, romance, lots of humor, magic, grief, heartbreak, self-growth, mystery and a big serving of found family that I really loved!

I can’t wait to read more from this author!

Thanks for reading.

Sophie

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