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.
In 2015, I read Chris Ledbetter's Drawn and loved the unique setting and characters so much they made it on my list of Best YA Reads of 2015. It was a really cool book. What did I think of this latest release?
The story in The Sky Throne is based on Greek mythology, a YA rendition of a young Zeus and his adventures as he attends Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia and discovers who he is. I am familiar with some Greek mythology but reading this book made me research Zeus to learn more about him.
The author introduced a good cast of characters, and initially it was hard to keep them all straight but eventually as the plot unfolds, it became easier to keep track. Including a character list at the beginning of the book would have been helpful since each character also has a nickname. Zeus is young and hot-tempered. He wants to avenge his friend's death and find his birth mother. He lacks maturity and discipline but is courageous and bold. He comes across as a typical teen and is likable for his sense of justice and ability to see the good in others.
After a strong start to the novel, the action slows a little as we are introduced to the other students at the Academia. There are a few scenes that feel like a high school soap opera, until the action picks up again as the students set out on a quest to look for their missing classmates. I loved how the teens worked together, each with their own distinct character traits and abilities, infusing some comic relief too. Ledbetter has a great way of describing the action and emotional scenes with shapeshifting, dragons, teleporting, fireshooting, energy bending and more! He really made these scenes come alive for me.
The Sky Throne has a satisfying ending but left room for a sequel, which I believe is to be released spring of 2018. I'm looking forward to continuing this saga!
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Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not told how to rate or review this product.
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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