Ishtar's Blade (Ishtar's Legacy, #1)

Ishtar s Blade Ishtar s Legacy Warrior King s confidant Avenging blade of the Goddess Ishtar Iltani asked to be none of these things Yet fate does not ask permission when she weaves souls upon destiny s loom On the day of Iltani s

  • Title: Ishtar's Blade (Ishtar's Legacy, #1)
  • Author: Lisa Blackwood
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Warrior King s confidant Avenging blade of the Goddess Ishtar Iltani asked to be none of these things Yet fate does not ask permission when she weaves souls upon destiny s loom On the day of Iltani s birth, an assassin tried and nearly succeeded in ending the line of the gryphon kings Out of that bloodshed, an unbreakable bond was forged between child king and goddesWarrior King s confidant Avenging blade of the Goddess Ishtar Iltani asked to be none of these things Yet fate does not ask permission when she weaves souls upon destiny s loom On the day of Iltani s birth, an assassin tried and nearly succeeded in ending the line of the gryphon kings Out of that bloodshed, an unbreakable bond was forged between child king and goddess chosen infant, and from that pivotal moment forward, Iltani was never farther from King Ditanu than his shadow Not until her training to become Ishtar s Blade required her to leave After four brutal years of training, Iltani now returns to court as Ishtar s Blade and takes up her role of king s shadow a dangerous position in a court where the threat of another assassination is but a blade s width away But for the chance to stand at the side of her beloved king, she will endure the dangers of court intrigues, assassins, and political maneuverings.

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    1. Perhaps this book is more suited to teenagers and young adults. The problem I have with Ishtar's Blade is the lack of character development throughout the entire book. The book has so many potential with its theme and setting: the gryphon-human race, set in a fantasy world, action-packed with magic and sword/blade fighting, and a political driven plot complicated by court intrigue. And yet, all there is to read was how horny and desperate Ishtar is for the gryphon king. Overall, this is a predic [...]

    2. I honestly really enjoyed this book.It's a mildly mature young adult novel.It has an amazing plot and story line.I wish it was a series or trilogy to be able to finish the story.I did feel there was build up on things that were never finished or elaborated on.I felt it ended very abruptly and didn't close out some of the story lines that were made into important matters through out the book.Also, there were times when big events would happen and important people were suddenly ignored, or were su [...]

    3. I wasn't expecting much when I picked this up for a late night read. I didn't want anything too heavy, and boy, did it come through on the "light" side of light reading. I'm pretty torrent of godaweful characterisation when it's the wee hours, but this takes it too far. Our shallow leading lady has no backbone and her only interest is getting laid. We have some cute background but the relationship itself is entirely sex based with little evidence of any real bond though we get reminded of its su [...]

    4. Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars ReviewsIshtar's Blade begins when Iltani is finally to return home after four years of training to be the king's blade. However, once home it's a lot different than she imagined, and it seems the king, his wife, and their oldest friend are all keeping secrets from her. Iltani has a lot to learn before she can take on this fight, but along the way she gets the help of her best friend and the man she's been in love with for years. This book was very good. The her [...]

    5. Unique, suspenseful with just dab of mystery.I loved the characters and their strong relationship.I know I loved this book because I stayed up until 3 am reading it!! Lisa Blackwood strikes another one out of the park with this book.

    6. Like a lot of other reviewers I loved this book. I had a hard time putting it down, but when I got to the end I felt a little underwhelmed. The romance aspect of the story is wrapped up nicely, but the rest of the story needs to be finished. We are given a glimpse of this amazing fantasy world, where gryphons have a human form, and Goddess' come and go as they please. There is court intrigue, and betrayal, and the main characters have to navigate their way through it to find out who is loyal to [...]

    7. So torn 3.5Man, I enjoyed this book enough to stay up until 1 AM reading it . I loved the concept, the cultures were interesting, and I enjoyed the characters. A caution, there were some steamy bits that I ended up skimming/skipping so just a heads up. Not much and easy to spot, but if you're sensitive to that you would want to know there will be a few scenes. The thing to really be aware of, though, is that if you read this on Kindle, the book actually ends at 80%. The last part is an excerpt f [...]

    8. This was a great "my brain is on vacation" read. I stayed up a bit past my bedtime reading it, which is a good indicator I enjoyed the plot and pacing. I wish there could have been more character development. Or rather, I think this story could be made longer and juicer if it were two books. We could then spend some quality time with each character, and there could be a bit more depth to them. It is unclear if there will be more books to come following these characters. Fingers are crossed Black [...]

    9. The book Ishtar's Blade by Lisa Blackwood really had potential, but sadly wasn't used and ended up being a disappointing and shockingly sad love story. It had an intriguing plot and an interesting magical world. The buildup was very good. But in the end it all crashed down by simplicity, rushed and a lack of the creativity shown in the beginning.The heroine was the one part that ruined the whole book for me. First we got stuck too much in her head. The balance between inner monologues, plot and [...]

    10. This is one of those rare finds that, if possible, would get more than five stars. It's the first book I've read by Lisa Blackwood, who has just a handful of offerings in the Kindle bookstore, and it is definitely a winner, a standalone with an HEA. I read it through KU Library, but loved it so much I purchased a copy for my e-library. Set in a kingdom hidden away from the rest of the world by magic, where humans and gryphons live side by side, a Shadow Warrior chosen by the goddess Ishtar to be [...]

    11. So Iltani has the marking of the goddess that keeps her at the king's side. She quickly comes to power, uncovers the plot, saves four lives, and talks or thinks nonstop of how much she loves her king and finds him attractive. There is one heck of a convoluted love triangle happening in this book that I think you probably need to be inebriated to understand.Here's what I liked: the lore.Here's what I didn't like: Iltani thinking; spoilers it's about the king. Always. Ishtar is way overpowered, bu [...]

    12. I was surprised by this book. It came out of nowhere for me. I ended up spending time I was supposed to be working to finish reading this book. The world building is fairly detailed though some of the descriptions are a little too detailed for me. Overall, I liked the character of Iltani, though I got a little tired of her self sacrificing by the end. I liked how she did a lot of the saving and wished she'd brought some of that fire to her personal life. The relationship between her and Ditanu w [...]

    13. I want more!Loved the book. Could not put it down. The characters and relationships are well developed. The plot is engaging, with a bit of mystery and intrigue. The romance is nicely interwoven. I wish I could give this five stars, but it sort of ends on a psuedo cliffhanger and I can't tell if there will be another novel. I think this is stand alone. The ending doesn't feel like the end The problem is not completely resolved, plus I'd like to know more about what happens with the romantic rela [...]

    14. A light fluffy read with an interesting plot, good action, and pretty solid world building. Also has lamassu creatures that I am all about. The main character is a odd mix of mature and innocent who was occasionally annoying in her naïveté but was still very likable. The king was perhaps my favorite character. A nice vacation read or a lounge on the couch and forget it all type book.

    15. I got an ARC of this book from instafreebie and I loved the book. It was a bit predictable and felt a bit dragging at places, but all in all, it was a good read and I would've finished it in one go had I not been disturbed by my job as a teacher! -_- also, I'm a stupid, stupid girl and I read the end before completing the book!🤦‍♀️ talk about spoilers, ha!Mirella

    16. Not BadThis was the first time I have ever read a book like this. I was pleasantly surprised. Great story line, with great characters. You fell in love with them from page one. Highly recommended this book, I couldn't put it down.

    17. Romance was a little meh but the action and political intrigue made it all the more worth it. Really kept me guessing all the way through.Final Thoughts: Read/Pass

    18. I enjoyed the storyline and loved the whole idea if this world. I really hope there are more books in this.

    19. Not Good Sorry!The story was boring and held nothing of importance. It seemed to be a first attempt based on story development and editorial issues.

    20. Fantastic readI 'll like a book I hope this is a series because I like to know more about Ditanu, Ahassunt, Burrukan, sitar and the cubs

    21. Very interesting concept about gryphons, and the storyline was interesting as well. There were a few things I had problems with but overall I was intrigued with the story and characters.

    22. Iltani left her island home a girl of seventeen, when Burrukan - Leader of the King’s Shadows - chose her for his apprentice. Born into the life of a protector Iltani returns a woman of twenty-one, to again take her position in Nineveh, the ruling seat of the then Gryphon King: King Ditanu. If he chooses to have her still, she'll again become his ever present shadow, ready to give her life for his. Well that is, if she was just any other King's Shadow, the elitely trained warriors as the last [...]

    23. I didn't want to put this book down, and it was definitely a fantasy romance, which was super exciting.I wish the characters had been older than 21 and a smidge older than that but can't win 'em all - and everyone just treats early 20s as much older in fantasy romances because I think the assumption is they were more like medieval in lifespan? Anyway - I really could have done without the pirates and muskets - I felt that was unnecessary and a random distraction. So much chemistry between the h [...]

    24. I love when fantasy/mythology novels look to sources other than Greco-Roman or Judeo-Christian. That’s precisely what Lisa Blackwood had provided on Ishtar's Blade, which loosely based on early Sumerian and Mesopotamian religion. That’s not enough, of course, as the book still needs to be good. This book more than satisfied that. It’s a totally fun fantasy with a plot full of adventure, thrills and, yes, even romance. The lead, Iltani, and King Ditanu and the remaining cast of characters - [...]

    25. I received Ishtar's Blade as a review copy from the author/publisher (via InstaFreebie). The gifting did not determine the review/rating, which reflects my honest opinion. I absolutely loved this unique and well written story. Well-developed characters, and lots of twists to keep the reader engrossed in the action, Ishtar's Blade kept me constantly guessing about what would happen next and how the protagonists could reach their "Happily Ever After." A very unique tale, and worth the read!

    26. Nice fantasy butThis was a nice fantasy, well written, which I enjoyed up until the sex scenes. I wish books came with a rating system like movies. If this book were rated it would be an XXX. I would not have read it otherwise. However, I have it 4 stars for quality of writing.

    27. Wow!This book kept me up reading it too the end. Loved the excitement, the peril, and especially, the characters. This book is so worth reading, if I hadn't just finished it, I'd start all over

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