Book Title: The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter
Category: YA Fiction, 300 pages
Publisher: Month 9 Books
Release date: April 18, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 18 to Oct 20, 2017
Content Rating: PG + M (No f-words but there may be some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as "damn", "hell" and "Oh God!", some depictions of violence. No drug use or underage drinking. Some semi-mature themes - suggestion of sexual misconduct by certain characters, but not the actual performing of it.)
Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.
When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.
Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.
Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus's quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.
On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.
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My Musings :
I always have time for Greek Mythology based fiction and school based stories. So when I saw this was a cross of the two, I couldn't resist getting my hands on it. And the book cover doesn't hurt the eyes either. I sometimes take into consideration the cover so it has to appeal to my senses.
This book, as much as it was a bit predictable, was engrossing because of the mystery Zeus tries to solve. I have to say young Zeus is very interesting. His fight to fit in, his flirting with girls, his trials to find the truth - all form into a very unique mythical retelling. There are enough surprises to keep me going inspite of the language used. Yes, sometimes I felt as if the language was too much of a blend of modern and old time language. I struggled a bit with it.
The ending was another thing which didn't sit well with me. It felt rushed and I believe it could have been worked out a bit. But the beginning was a very good one. It had me engaged at mischievous Zeus and his antics. All in all, I enjoyed the book. It was time well spent enjoying a different take on classical mythology.
I received a free copy for reviewing purposes. This doesn't impact my review in any way.
My one line review : A good fiction of getting to know Zeus in his younger days.
My rating : 4/5
My reread factor : 3/5
Meet the author:
Chris Ledbetter is an award-winning author of short fiction and novels for young adults. “Jason’s Quest,” a short story retelling of the Jason and Medea Greek myth was published in the anthology, Greek Myths Revisited. His first full-length novel, Drawn earned him two awards, Library of Clean Reads Best YA 2015 and Evernight Publishing Readers’ Choice Award Best YA 2015, as well as a USA TODAY “Must Read” recommendation. His second novel, Inked, concludes that duology. The Sky Throne is his newest young adult novel. The second book in the series is set to release in 2018.
He's a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. He now writes and lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.
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