Divine by Mistake

Divine by Mistake

by P. C. Cast

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Overview

It's the beginning of summer break, and high school English teacher Shannon Parker is ready to relax poolside with some red wine and a good book. She's friggin' earned it! But first—a little shopping, a la fancy estate auction.

Surrounded by old folks and even older artifacts, Shannon never expects to find something that shocks her down to her very core: an ancient vase, complete with a beautiful painting of a goddess that looks just like her. And just as she's stealing away with her seriously suspicious purchase, she's magically thrown into the world of Partholon, where not only has she taken the place of Rhiannon, Goddess Incarnate and Epona's Chosen, but she's due to be married to a surly (but oh-so-handsome) High Shaman centaur, ClanFintan.

But serving as Epona's Chosen isn't just luxury baths and buff horse-guys. A dark power grows in the wastelands to the north, and Rhiannon will need much more than just the favor of Epona to protect the land—and the man—she's grown to love.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161426821
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Series: The Partholon Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 104,693
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

P. C. Cast is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Goddess Summoning series, the House of Night novels, and the Tales of a New World series. She is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Among other honors and distinctions, her novels have won the prestigious Oklahoma Book Award, the Laurel Wreath, the Prism Award, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and the RT Book Review’s Reviewers’ Choice Award. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon surrounded by her beloved cats, dogs, horses, and family.

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Divine by Mistake (Devine Series) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 250 reviews.
AJourneyOfBooks More than 1 year ago
Having been a fan of P.C. and Kristen Cast's House of Night series, I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive about trying out any of P.C. Cast's other books. For the most part, I love the House of Night series - would I feel the same way about her other books? While I do try to read many of my books in an objective format that allows me to see the good parts in each individual piece, I was afraid that if I became disenchanted with Cast's adult books, it might ruin her young adult ones for me as well. I am pleased to announce that I should have just thrown my worry to the ground and squished it under my shoe. While definitely having a different feel to them than the House of Night books do, the Goddess of Partholon books are turning out to be pretty spectacular. The first in the series, DIVINE BY MISTAKE follows Shannon Parker, a school teacher loving the freedom of summer break, as she discovers an ancient vase that will turn her world upside down - literally. Where there were once cars, there are now horses. Jeans and a cashmere sweater? Nope, let's try a lovely wrapped piece of silk and some strappy sandals. I'll admit that the beginning of the book was a little hard to get into. I almost put it down to take a break, but decided to keep on going. You'll remember that I said the same thing about Stephenie Meyer's The Host. The beginning was slow but the rest of the book was phenomenal. In this case, it seemed like the beginning of DIVINE BY MISTAKE almost went by a little too quickly. Some things didn't seem fully explained and other didn't make sense. I had to ignore my mind as it tried to figure out the spatial aspect of the story as it didn't always seem like the shapes and sizes of things in the story were described the same as the way they were used. Once I was able to get past this, however, I realized what a great book this really is. If there is anything new I have discovered about P.C. Cast's writing it's that this author is incredibly funny. The House of Night series can be humorous, but in general Zoey and her posse follow a fairly dark path. While there were certainly very dark and very graphic scenes in DIVINE BY MISTAKE, Ms. Cast was able to throw quite a bit of humor in their to lighten up the mood of the book. I can honestly say that Shannon is one of my favorite characters in the stories I have read thus far this year. The author has imbued her with a sense of humor, a modern personality that clashes beautifully with the old-fashioned world she has been transported to, and a set of quirks that just make her adorable. While we're discussing wonderful characters, let's visit ClanFintan, shall we. I can honestly say that I had never read a story that included any form of romance between a centaur and a human. I didn't know how it would work and it if would be weird, but the way Ms. Cast created her world and the way she developed her characters made this aspect of the story one of the best. ClanFintan is like any tall, dark, and handsome man we dream of. Only difference is that he has the hindquarters of a horse. What could be better for those of us that never grew out of our princess and horse-lover phase? The author's descriptions of ClanFintan, his mannerisms, and the personality she gives him really helped to make this one heck of a book.
Charmedfairy More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it was a funny & fun easy read. I don't know that I would call this a "teen" book but as an adult I thought it was great. The heroine is a 35 year old, under paid, over worked, sarcastic, wine drinkin school teacher with a string of bad relationships. So as a 35 year old sarcastic, wine drinkin', bad realtionship magnet I most deffinately identify. I would like to live in partholon as long as there is t.p. & wine! Oh and the horse bites! Read it & you will get that comment :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! It was not only really funny but aslo romantic. Read it you will not regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is the order of the series? I want to know so i can read as i wait for hidden to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thirty something high school English teacher Shannon Parker stops at an auction sale where she notices a vase containing a portrait of her on it. She wins the bid with a ridiculously low price tag due to a mysteriously appearing crack inside the vase. On her way home, Shannon is transported from her vehicle to a luxurious temple where her friend Suzanna calls her Lady. She soon learns that the vase was a portal that her ¿twin¿ the High Priestess of Epona Rhiannon used for them to switch places Suzanna is actually Rhiannon¿s slave Alanna. --- Centaur ClanFintan arrives with his ¿horsies¿ to demand Rhiannon complete the hand-fastening ceremony that would have them married for a year. Shannon goes through the ceremony, but refuses to take any lip (or other body part) from a man built at least down there like a thoroughbred. Instead she treats him and others the same way she taught teenage hormonal maniacs in Oklahoma. As the transplanted Shannon and the shapeshifting centaur fall in love, she tells him who she is while they team up to battle the malevolent Famorians, demonic vampire like evil creatures and to prevent the real Rhiannon from returning. --- The first ¿Goddess¿ book is a fun to read mythological romance because the different species of legend seem genuine and the strong heroine is ready to do battle in this case on behalf of her new society and her beloved against her ¿twin¿ and the Famorians using the techniques honed in teaching wars with teenagers. This tale is amusing mostly due to Shannon¿s observations and quips yet it has its¿ serious moments too (for instance the worshipped Goddess learns that teachers are treated with economic contempt). Though the heroine adjusts too easily, fantasy romance fans will cast about seeking the remaining delightful Goddess tales. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 11 months ago
I wonderful book read the series before but had to retread
SmplexlyRee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, I was utterly disappointed with this series of books. The synopsis on the back of the book, with its promise of high fantasy and centaurs and Epona, a world with a somewhat medieval feel ¿ why, that¿s right up my alley and really had me hooked. The book¿s protagonist, Shannon, is meant to be a thirty-five year old woman. However, the majority of the time she acts like a spoiled, whiny teenager. Now imagine having to sit and listen to said spoiled, whiny teenager through 500+ pages. Yes, folks, Shannon is the narrator.What really got me, however, was the writing. I tried very hard to get passed the obnoxious and immature sounding voice of the narrator, but the short, choppy sentences and simplistic vocabulary really just made it impossible for me to fall in love with the story. What made that even more unbearable to me is that Shannon is supposedly a High School English teacher!Kudos, though, to anyone who can churn out that many words, get it published, and make money off of it. In that regard, it¿s a win.I read all three of the series (Divine by Mistake, Divine by Choice, Divine by Blood) in a weekend¿and I will never read them again.
Salander on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought the idea of this book sounded quite good ¿ I¿m all for medieval type worlds and centaurs and enemies and castles and so I was pretty sold on the blurb on the back of the book. But I found the main character fairly annoying, and given she was the one telling the story, it was quite a drawback. She was supposed to be 35, but rarely ever seemed it throughout the book. The narrative was definitely more teenage-esque. She was also incredibly laid back about being switched into another world and there was almost no panic on her part, or disbelief, or anything that would¿ve made it remotely credible. She even handled the `handfasting¿ (wedding) to a centaur - centaur! - with barely an eyelash flicker whereas most women would¿ve totally freaked.the.heck.out. But then again we¿re led to believe that Shannon (the protagonist) is truly the beloved and chosen of Epona (medieval-type world¿s goddess) and therefore, able to adjust and adapt on a whim. Which seems a -lame- way to avoid having to deal with a realistic reaction to being transported into another world.The author tries hard to establish Shannon as being different to Rhiannon (who orchestrated the switch and now resides in `our¿ world in Shannon¿s place) and that Rhiannon was pretty much, a world class bi*ch and Shannon is much fairer, more sympathetic, a better choice to be the chosen vessel of Epona. While Shannon certainly lacked Rhiannon's inherently nasty and selfish streak, she didn't really strike me as a believable choice for pretty much what equatedsto a high priestess of a goddess. The book does have its good points ¿ ClanFintan, the centaur handfasted to the Chosen of Epona (Rhiannon originally, now Shannon) was quite endearing. The vampire-like enemy threatening them were believably eerie. But overall, I was pretty disappointed. From all I¿ve read, praise wise, about this author, I expected better writing. Instead a lot of the time it felt like I was reading the English Creative Writing assignment of a horse mad 15yr old with a fascination with the Narnia novels.
apmullaly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up thinking it would be a harmless read. I enjoy many of the cast away in time, another world, etc. type books and this one looked like it could be entertaining. Boy I was wrong. The characters were cardboard, the storyline was mediocre, but the worst was the action. It was terrible. If you are going to write a fantasy, sword and bow kind of adventure at least know what you are talking about. Ms. Cast has her centaurs using crossbows a bizarre choice of weaponry for a half horse people (longbows would have been bad but I could have dealt with it that, compound horse bow would have made actual sense) and then had the centaurs shooting those crossbows so rapidly, I thought they must have had clips.Maybe its because I wasn't expecting a romance novel (I didnt realize Luna was a romance print) but the action components were so bad it just drove me crazy. Further the romance itself was crappy. If I didn't force myself to finish everything I start, I would have never finished this book.All in all a bad book that I could not recommend to anyone.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shannon works as a high-school teacher and finds herself at an estate sale and attracted to an urn with a depiction of Epona that looks very much like her. Shortly after buying it she finds herself in another world where she's the high priestess of Epona, about to marry a centaur and finding that there's a war brewing with the evil, vampiric Formorians.It's not bad but there are places where it just didn't gel properly for me. For the most part I was very interested in finding out what happened and what happened next but there were some places that I just had to wonder why that scene or battle was there as it didn't really seem to serve a purpose.Not a bad read but felt a bit weak in places.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book quite a few years ago when it first came out, but I decided to read it again. I rarely re-read a book but I found myself thinking of and missing these characters. The second time around, this is still one of the best-loved of any story I have ever read. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read!
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First series I actually laughed out loud, covered my mouth in disbelief and cry...really cry. You will fall in love with these characters.Must must must read.
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Could not put this book down! Its a great read, it has great charecters! I fell inlove with main man.
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cindylb More than 1 year ago
Good book
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