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Book Title: The Sky Throne
Author: 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.
I don’t usually compare books but think of Harry Potter being Zeus and going to school with gods and goddesses from Greek Mythology, then you’ve got a great idea what this brilliant story is about! Filled with teenage angst, turmoil and drama, it portrays how the prankster son of a renowned goat farmer gets expelled from school, sneaks out to a party to meet a girl he likes, gets caught and then his family is attacked by the Elder deity, Hyperion. Zeus accidentally deflects an arrow with his shield whilst endeavouring to protect his Mother and that arrow kills his best friend. Now all that happens in the first few pages, so I’ll let you imagine just how action-packed this story is!
As a result of the attack, Zeus is shipped off to Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia to protect him. That’s where most of the story revolves around (think Hogwarts in Ancient Greece . . . then you’ve got the right idea!). Instead of different houses, there are different Acadamia. There’s plenty of rivalry, lots to learn, skills to be developed and enemies to be overcome in this intriguing, suspense filled story which is targetted at young adults but certainly also appeals to older adults, too.
I’d never before wondered what happened to Zeus as when he was growing up. This is a fantastic story, well written, highly entertaining and a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed escaping into it. There are many characters whose names I recognised but I don’t think you need to actually know anything about Greek Mythology to enjoy this. Having said that, I suspect that reading this story may trigger an interest in discovering more about the Mythology on which much of the story is based. I hope this will be the start of a new series as I’d love to read more about the characters in future!
I was gifted a copy of this book, chose to read it and this is my honest opinion after doing so.
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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.
Grand Prize: One winner will get a signed paperback of The Sky Throne + $20 Amazon GC (open USA only)
First Place: Two winners will each get an ebook copy of The Sky Throne + $10 Amazon GC (open internationally)
Second Place: Two winners will each get an ebook copy of The Sky Throne (open internationally)
TOTAL: 5 winners