Sep 19, 2017

The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour!

300, paperback
Fantasy, Young Adult
April 17th 2017



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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book review rating 3 out of 5

I’VE ALWAYS BEEN fond of Greek mythology. Yet, in all my years of getting lost in the myths and teachings of ancient Greece, I suddenly realized I know very little about the origins of Zeus. The Sky Throne, by Chris Ledbetter, has definitely offered an interesting retelling to fill in this gap in my knowledge. It is an adventurous, coming of age story of an adolescent Zeus and his journey to ascend to the Sky Throne and become king of the Greek gods.

On the island of Crete, a mischievous, young Zeus attends Eastern Crete Lower Academy where he pulls enough pranks to get him and his best friend, Anytos, expelled from school. To make matters worse, a prophecy from the Oracles has Hyperion, an Elder Deity, out to destroy him. Zeus narrowly escapes but not before Hyperion hurts his mother, Amalthea, and kills Anytos. With nothing left on Crete, Zeus is sent to Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia, where he will meet the future gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus. Together, they will embark on a perilous adventure filled with action and suspense.

While I enjoyed the adventure, I was a bit confused on the world-building. Is it modern or is it ancient? The book aims for a cool vibe that seems to be at odds with its ancient setting. With names like Shade for Hades and Don for Poseidon, Mr. Ledbetter makes these ancient gods very modern. Likewise, I can't imagine a young Hera saying, “Girl, stress and a common enemy will work wonders,” nor can I envision Poseidon exclaiming, “Wild man!”

With the right audience, I think The Sky Throne would be a captivating read with rich mythology and a young Zeus intent on avenging the death of his friend, while learning of his vast abilities, the capacity for forgiveness, and falling in love.

{Thank you Chris Ledbetter and Month9Books Publishing for kindly giving me this book free of charge, which does not influence my review.}



Chris Ledbetter

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.

Find Chris Ledbetter: Website | Twitter | facebook | Pinterest



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