Title: Nobody’s Goddess
Author: Amy McNulty
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
In a village of masked men, each man is compelled to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. A man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.
Seventeen-year-old Noll’s childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her. She is in fact the goddess of the mysterious lord of the village, a man who refuses to let Noll have her right as a woman to spurn him.
Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman and the magic of man. The stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither Noll nor the veiled lord is willing to lose.
Fantasy isn’t usually my thing, but I’d heard so many good things about this book that I decided to take the opportunity to review it. Despite my initial hesitance, I’m glad that I took the chance. I ended up really enjoying Nobody’s Goddess, and I look forward to continuing the series.
Noll is the kind of character that’s easy to find yourself in, and easy to root for. She’s headstrong, impulsive, and sometimes selfish, but she’s also brave, and she loves with her entire heart. Watching a character who tends to rush into decisions without fully thinking them through navigate such a high stakes decision provides a sense of uncertainty of what will happen next, pulling the reader in and making you want to keep turning pages.
The dynamic of Noll’s village was interesting. We’re presented with a world where the women call the shots, and whether or not the woman you “love” is able to return that love means the difference between life and death. As the reader, you know that it’s absolutely horrible that men are robbed of their free will, and that women are oftentimes placed in situations where they have to make impossible decisions. In Noll’s world, love is more of an abstract concept that’s been warped to fit how their society functions.
All in all, Nobody’s Goddess is entertaining and thought provoking, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good fantasy read that isn’t too dense. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.