I have read A TON of Greek mythology books, but never one that focused on an Oracle, which I really liked about this book!
I think the author did a fantastic job throwing cool little things here and there, such as the Royalty, and all the cool weapons and equipment (Hermes mail!). It was just very clever!
However, there were other parts that made me go, "Hmmm, I don't know about that." You see, because I LOVE my Greek mythology, I am very picky and am always looking for the myths to be accurate and it bugs me when they're not. There were some instances where I was positive the myths said something else. The Keres, for example, I'm pretty sure they were all female. Also, I am almost absolutely positive that Athena is not the goddess of victory, that's more Nike's domain. However, they were often depicted together, sometimes thought to be just one goddess with many attributes...but, more often then not, they're two different entities. And Poseidon turning into the Creatan Bull and fathering the Minotaur? Also have not heard of that one. From what I've read, Poseidon just sent the bull and made Pasiphae fall in love with it. I tried to remember that sometimes the myths have different versions of the same story, you know, like the birth of Aphrodite.
Other times I don't mind the little twists. Take that twist with the Graces/Charities...I loved that! It was crazy but oh-so awesome!
Anyway, I thought the story itself really good. There was a lot of action and awesome fights scenes. I enjoyed the cast of gods that appeared, including my two favorite Greek gods: Hecate and Apollo. Unfortunately, Hecate wasn't very nice, lol. That's okay though, Hecate is usually always thought of as a dark entity.
Two characters I absolutely loved? Ace and Swindle (And swindle's dad Hermes)! They were just so much fun and silly and just plain awesome! Strafford, I really tried to like him, but I just couldn't. First impressions are very important, and on his first few appearances this is what I though of him: "What I jerk-face! He may be gorgeous, but he's still a jerk." And throughout the book I just could not get past that. But trust me, I tried to see what Chloe saw in him...and no such luck.
Chloe I felt like I needed to know her better in order to connect with her. But even though I felt kind of detached from her, I thought that overall she was a great character and I really enjoyed her voice in the story.
Even though I was very picky about the gods and the myths, overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the mythology, all the action, the quests, and that crazy thing with Chloe brother that I am VERY curious about! There were some amazing characters and wonderful descriptions. Also, it is okay if you know nothing about Greek myths, because the author does a great job explaining everything that goes on!
So if you love Greek mythology and are looking for something different, you might want to give this book a try.
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Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a comment! :)