The Moreva of Astoreth
Desperate to find a cure for the deadly red fever, Moreva Tehi, a bigoted young priestess, falls for Laerd Teger, chief of the Mjor village and a man of the race she despises, who shows her a dark secret about her gods that could tear her world apart.
Roxanne Bland performs a stunning feat of world-building in her novel The Moreva of Astoreth, joining the august ranks of Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. LeGuin and other beloved creators of unique worlds and richly imagined civilizations. In this ingenious blending of science fiction, romance, and adventure, Bland brings a remarkable world and culture to life in breathtaking detail, imagining an imperialistic society in which gods and science are indelibly intertwined. It is the story of the Moreva Tehi, the headstrong granddaughter of a powerful deity, who is banished to a volatile far corner of unconquered territory for failing to perform her sacred duty, only to venture into dangerous realms of banned experimentation, spiritual rebirth, and fervent, forbidden love.