Hello and welcome to the RandomThingsTour blog tour for In Exile by Alexandra Turney.
Thanks to Anne and Unbound for having me on this tour.
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Unbound Digital (24 Jan. 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1789650062
- ISBN-13: 978-1789650068
About The Book
“No one in this city has believed in me for two thousand years. I’m unknown and unloved. And I’m very, very ill.’ He sighed, and the sound chilled her blood. ‘Give me your hand.
Dionysus, god of wine and divine ecstasy, is reborn in modern Rome. He doesn’t understand how or why he’s come to be here – a pagan god in a city where he has no believers. But when he meets fifteen-year-old Grace during a chance encounter in the Ghetto, he realises he has found his first new follower.
This is the beginning of Grace’s secret life, as she and her friends overcome scepticism and fear to become his worshippers, drinking his wine and taking part in bacchanals across the city. As the melancholy god lives out his exile, his teenage followers find they have everything to lose. And after the first bloodshed, they know that there’s no turning back…”
About The Author
Alexandra Turney grew up in London and studied English Literature at the University of Oxford. Her love of Romantic poets (and pasta) inspired her to move to Rome, where she has lived since 2013. She works as an English teacher and freelance writer. In Exile is her first novel.
What I Thought
Imagine just casually stumbling across a God in the street oh and he happens to be the God of wine and devine ecstasy what must one do other than follow him! At least that’s what Grace and her friends believe. But sure what teenager wouldn’t want an endless supply of wine and wild nights? Of course the bloodshed, blackouts and blinding hangovers might put a bit of a damper on it but when you’re in a Gods favour you must make sacrifices, right?
In Exile ended quite abruptly for me, I felt like it was building up to something truly devastating where the girls eventually kill each other, and it is implied right at the end that someone is torn apart, but honestly I would have liked this to have happened earlier on and see how the girls dealt with the consequences. Would they still blindly follow their God or would they realise he isn’t quite as Devine as he leads them to believe..
An interesting read, particularly if you are interested in Greek mythology.
Thanks again to Anne and Unbound for having me on this tour, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.