Seed of Fury: Zolia’s Revenge is a historical fiction book by the author Joe Antony published in the year 2021. This book chronicles the lives of two sisters, Ronica and Zolia, the daughters of Minerva. She’s the Roman goddess of wisdom, justice, law, victory, and the sponsor of arts, trade, and strategy. She believes in picking up arms in need of one’s defense. These are the very same qualities the sisters embodied.
Seed of Fury: Zolia’s Revenge is not a regular story of heroism where a knight in shining armor arrives and pulls the masses out of distress. It is a story of brutality, barbarity, and inhumane behavior that was prevalent against women back in the early days of the Roman Empire.
Here’s a snippet from the book:
When the Romans came, we were dragged to the square where a gathering swelled. I was tied to a stake, my tunic ripped from my back. Each lash cut to the bone. The scorching pain set my skin afire. When I fainted, the next strike snapped me back. Sheer agony followed every snap of the whip.
After the ten, they cut the ropes. I crashed to the ground. My back was all I could feel. A pregnant woman covered me and helped me to the side.
Like a warrior, Zolia stood to the post. As the soldiers tied her, the Crusader did not resist. Her body squirmed with each snap of the whip, but her mind seemed elsewhere. The Crusader never looked away from Romulus or his stooge rapist. Her eyes welled but she would not cry. The rapist and his king saw Sister would not surrender.
After thirty lashes, her legs caved and the ropes could not support her. Her peeled flesh lay on the ground around her. The Warrior raised herself. “Roman whips are as weak as the penis of pirate Proculus. Finish it!”
The excerpt belongs to the very beginning of the book and holds the capability to give the readers goosebumps. The barbarity the protagonists went through is far beyond what one can fathom.
Though the story becomes pretty disturbing at some points, it is one of the most well-written fiction I have read in a long time.
Book Review: Seed of Fury by Joe Antony
Seed of Fury: Zolia’s Revenge is one book that I went into, absolutely blind, and have zero regrets with it. It is one of the best books based on Greek and Roman mythology I have ever read. The book has its own share of heroism and feminism intertwined, portrayed by our protagonists Zolia and Ronica.
The story is set in the early period of the Roman Empire where, under the rule of Romulus, atrocities against women and weaker sects of the society ran deeper than one could fathom.
In modern times, we thank the Romans for their contributions in fields related to infrastructure, medical science, the modern legal system, and whatnot. However, they do have a fair share of dark history and evils that are put beautifully in Joe Antony’s recent book.
Not giving the spoilers of the story, for it is one book I can confidently say, will make you introspect and ponder on the extent one can go in order to assert their dominance over the weaker sects.
|Vowelor Review: An impeccably written historical fiction that takes you on a trip to the brutal past.||4.5|
My Thoughts about the Book
Seed of Fury: Zolia’s Revenge is a must-read for any historical fiction reader, especially those who root for Mythology. Stories revolving around Greek mythology are generally about the bravery of their men. Like Achilles, the hero of the Trojan War; Aeneas, the son of Goddess Aphrodite; Heracles, the son of God Zeus; Theseus, founder of Athens, the legends have majorly been about one or the other men.
The fact that this book offers us a pair of fierce women who are ready to take their fate into their own hands and have the courage to stand up against the wrongdoers is commendable.
Despite the societal expectations of the said era, our protagonists chose to be their own person, something one can definitely learn from them.
The language, literary devices, and use of words and phrases are certainly easy to comprehend. The story keeps one absolutely hooked to their seats and biting their nails from the start till the very end.
Imagery plays an important role in the story as Joe’s writing is visually descriptive and one can’t help but form heroic scenes in their head based on the texts.
About the Author: Joe Antony
Joe Antony is the author of two fiction books and an IT Solutions Architect from New York, USA. He published his first book ‘Let’s Learn Palto Alto NFGW’ in the year 2018 and his second book ‘Seed of Fury: Zolia’s Revenge’ in 2021.
He was born in India into an Anglo-Indian-driven community in Tamil Nadu. While his father is an Indian, his mother is of Malaysian descent. The cultural difference made a huge impact on Joe’s upbringing and the way he perceives things. He identifies himself as a Sri Lankan by his soul as his forefathers belonged there.
Professionally, Joe Antony has an Engineering degree in Computer Security and Artificial Intelligence. His debut was also based on technical aspects of IT security & hacking methodologies.
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