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Book Title: The High Court by Chris Ledbetter
Category: YA Fiction, 290 pages
Publisher: Month 9 Books
Release date: October 16, 2018
Tour dates: April 1 to 30, 2019
Content Rating: PG (some profanity (damn, ass), no f-bombs, some kissing, no sex scenes, some violence, nothing gory or graphic)
High atop Mount Olympus, dawn breaks on a new academic term. Normalcy has returned to campus following a harrowing expedition into The Underworld to rescue kidnapped students by Zeus and his fellow Olympians. Now, as they prepare to testify in The High Court, Hyperion will be tried for the attack on Crete and death of Anytos. Kronos will stand trial for the murder of Mount Olympus Prep’s Headmaster Ouranos.
As the trials draw near, Mount Olympus Prep students and faculty are besieged repeatedly by a race of gargantuan stone and earth giants. Under heavy assault, the Olympians are forced to flee to the volcanic island of Limnos to regroup. Meanwhile, a toxic poison Zeus has carried with him since a prior fight with a dragoness, creeps toward his brain.
In a race against time and beasts, Zeus and his friends must find a way to survive not only the toxin ravaging Zeus’ body, but also the giants who grow stronger after every attack, and somehow make it to the The High Court alive.
This is the second book in ‘The Sky Throne’ series and I highly recommend reading The Sky Throne first if you want to understand many of the events referred to in this one. Whilst reading it you’ll encounter many names of gods and goddesses from Greek mythology, though in this series most are still students attending school, but not as we know it!
The story is narrated from the point of view of Zeus who is returning with his siblings and his friend Metis from the dangerous encounters and adventures related in ‘The Sky Throne’ to attend Mount Olympus Prep. Little did they anticipate being attacked by stone and earth giants and having to flee with their fellow Olympians to Limnos. They don’t have a great welcome there and there are discordant overtones to their treatment, especially from the Headteacher there. As Zeus fights against a toxic poison, can they treat him and prevent him going completely mad? What about the trials of Hyperion and Kronos? Will justice be seen to be done?
This starts off relatively steadily but picks up as the story progresses. There are more mythological beings with key roles to play in the ensuing adventures, some of whom are potential friends but most are out to kill them. It is a totally different take on these characters, with the on-going adventure, packed with danger and drama, to keep you wanting to know what will happen next. This is a great sequel but it definitely isn’t the end of this epic story and I look forward to discovering how it continues and concludes!
This is my honest review after reading a gifted copy of this book.
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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 series. It includes, thus far, The Sky Throne and The High Court.