Note: I would like to thank Month9Books, Rockstar Book Tours, and author Chris Ledbetter for allowing me to be a part of this tour and for giving me the opportunity to read an early copy of this book.
Disclosure: I received an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of this book from the publisher at no cost to me in exchange for an honest review.
Title: THE SKY THRONE
Author: Chris Ledbetter
Pub. Date: April 18, 2017
Format: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Goodreads
Synopsis: 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.
“Destined to have a sequel or two, young teens will appreciate the story, and teachers will appreciate that it instructs readers about the pantheon of gods.”–Kevin Beach, VOYA Magazine
Stars – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Review: I have always had a deep fascination with mythology, especially Greek mythology. That is why I was so excited to read this book. I think my favorite thing about this book is its uniqueness. I have never come across a Greek mythology origin story quite like this before. I love that it gives a glimpse into what happened to Zeus and his siblings before the Mount Olympus stories that everyone knows.
This story definitely gives a fresh prospective on the personalities of the mighty Olympians. While I found it odd that Hestia would overuse a word such as “girl”, everyone had a nickname, and I questioned the dialog at times, I still found this to be a very enjoyable story. I look forward to more stories of the early years of the famed Greek Gods from Chris Ledbetter in the near future!
Recommendations: I am recommending this book for readers 6th grade and up! Of course, I am also recommending it for anyone with an interest in Greek mythology!
Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly “walked-on” to the best drum line in the conference without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.
After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and
earned his degree in Business Administration. He’s worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. He taught high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, and also coached football.
He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.
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