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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-heartDuality 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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The Sky Throne Reviews

  • Lonna | FLYLēF
    2019-05-27 08:37

    Original Post: The Sky Throne at FLYLēF (’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.}

  • Tracy Clark
    2019-06-02 11:59

    This book deserves to be right up there with Percy Jackson! Fans of Greek mythology will sink their teeth into this Zeus coming of age tale. Here's what's awesome though, you don't have to be a Greek-geek :) to get thoroughly immersed in this story. Admittedly, I wasn't. This author changed that. Though Ledbetter's clear knowledge of and love for the topic shines through enough to create a deep appreciation for it in me--so much so that I can't wait for the next book!I'm a fan of a story told well, with characters who grow from who they were when the story started to someone beyond who they thought they could be. I'm a fan of vulnerabilities as well as inner-strength. I love romantic chemistry and a good mystery with lots of conflicts. So it's easy to say that I absolutely loved this book and Chris Ledbetter has a forever fan!

  • Elaine
    2019-06-13 11:49

    I don't usually compare books but  think of Harry Potter being Zeus and going to school with gods and goddesses from Greek Mythology, then you've got a great idea what this brilliant story is about! Filled with teenage angst, turmoil and drama, it portrays how the prankster son of a renowned goat farmer gets expelled from school, sneaks out to a party to meet a girl he likes, gets caught and then his family is attacked by the Elder deity, Hyperion. Zeus accidentally deflects an arrow with his shield whilst endeavouring to protect his Mother and that arrow kills his best friend. Now all that happens in the first few pages, so I'll let you imagine just how action-packed this story is!As a result of the attack, Zeus is shipped off to Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia to protect him. That's where most of the story revolves around (think Hogwarts in Ancient Greece . . . then you've got the right idea!). Instead of different houses, there are different Acadamia. There's plenty of rivalry,  lots to learn, skills to be developed and enemies to be overcome in this intriguing, suspense filled story which is targetted at young adults but certainly also appeals to older adults, too. I'd never before wondered what happened to Zeus as when he was growing up. This is a fantastic story, well written, highly entertaining and a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed escaping into it. There are many characters whose names I recognised but I don't think you need to actually know anything about Greek Mythology to enjoy this. Having said that, I suspect that reading this story may trigger an interest in discovering more about the Mythology on which much of the story is based. I hope this will be the start of a new series as I'd love to read more about the characters in future!I was gifted a copy of this book, chose to read it and this is my honest opinion after doing so.

  • Kim Harnes
    2019-06-01 09:38

    Chris Ledbetter weaves an action-packed mythological tale in his newest book The Sky Throne. Anyone who knows anything about Greek myths knows the main character Zeus is destined for greatness. What you might not know about him, though, are his insecurities. His needing to belong. His rocky past.His attraction to beautiful girls.Not that anyone can blame him when he's surrounded by a gaggle of gorgeous goddesses. Combine this "coming-of-deity" story with rival schools, hot-headed competition, teenage hormones, and an unexpected trip to the Underworld, and you've got yourself a page-turning story!I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel.

  • Zachary Flye (Zach's YA Reviews)
    2019-05-31 06:58

    Review:Protagonist: Zeus, supreme ruler of the gods, started out as a prankster mortal, or at least that's how this story goes. After an attack on his family, Zeus learns some harsh truths about his life, and the only way he can be safe is by going to Mount Olympus Prep. There he hopes to discover more about who he is and why his family was attacked. Gah, I feel that this author did a spectacular job at showing off a young Zeus. I mean, don't get me wrong, in mythology Zeus isn't a hero, in fact, most of Greek Mythology's problem could have been solved if Zeus just kept it in his pants, but for a book that shows off a heroic Zeus, this was a fantastic job. First off are his flaws, Zeus has a great many and while they are shown a bit softer here, I do like the little references to the Zeus I'm most familiar with. Then we have his strengths, this Zeus is much more compassionate than the one we normally see in Greek Myths, but I like it, it humanizes his character a bit more in ways other than flaws. Romance: Another large characteristic is Zeus's lust for women. Granted, since this is a YA book, that lust is dampened quite a bit, but there are quite a few women that catch Zeus's eye. Now, honestly, I'm not quite sure where I stand on the romance in this book, because of how things ended up. Obviously, I won't give away spoilers, but for most of the book there seemed to be a love triangle blooming, and since I know my Greek Myths I knew more or less how it should end up, but how it did is another story. I guess all I'll say is that for the most part I really enjoyed the romance in this book. Zeus's bond with the women he romances is really strong and while I was a bit too distracted by how things end up in the myths, I can appreciate how they ended up in the story.World Building: My biggest annoyance with this book was how it's presented. I mean, I should have known what I was getting into when the synopsis talked about Zeus going to a prep school, but I wasn't prepared for just how much mix between modern day and Ancient Greece there would be. The thing is, mixing modern day ideals and colloquial themes into an Ancient Greek or fantasy setting is something that shouldn't bleed into YA, at least in my opinion. I loved that sort of thing as a kid, but as I grew up it all felt very cheesy and kind of lazy. This story could have been one of two things, a modern day story about an underdog sports team facing up against their fierce rivals, in a loose retelling of the Titanomachy, or a high fantasy retelling of the Titanomachy. However, even though I wasn't a fan of the mixing, it did kind of get to me and the plot of this story, maybe because of the weird mixing or maybe in spite of that, was super addicting, I read nearly all of the book in one sitting, which I hadn't planned on doing, because I needed to know what happened next. This isn't a by the books retelling on any level and so getting to a much broader and interesting take on a classic myth was exciting. Predictability: As I said this is by no means a by the numbers retelling. While I thought many times I would know where this story was going to go, with how this story is set up there were quite a few twists that I didn't see coming, mostly because I was clinging to what I know about Greek Mythology and didn't leave room in my brain to cover more creative ways this story could go. There was a fair bit of foreshadowing on a few things though and so while there was a great deal I couldn't predict, there were also some things that we very easy to predict.Ending: Another concern I have with this story was how rushed the ending was. I mean, this is a standalone, but there were ways I could have easily seen it become a series or even just a duology. While the real final climax of this story was great and had a lot of great action and tension, I didn't think it was the actual final climax until what I thought would be the final battle was kind of just swept away at the end. Rating:This was probably the review I've debated about the most. I mean, I stand by my rating, but there's a lot to this book that bothered me, but at the end of the day despite all that I really did enjoy this story and I actually loved the changes from the myths.

  • Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
    2019-05-25 08:50

    *Review posted on Page Turners Blog on 4/18/2017* 4.5 starsWOW! What a thrill ride! Like most of us, I am familiar with Greek mythology from middle school and of course, from the Percy Jackson series. So, I'm a little familiar with the basic characters involved, and I do remember most of the stories, but the details may be a little sketchy. It doesn't matter how familiar (or not) you are with Greek mythology, Chris' story plunges you into the world of Zeus (or Spruce as Poseidon calls him -- something that still makes me chuckle every time I read it), and does it without a lot of explaining. That I loved. One of the things that frustrates me as a reader, and especially in the fantasy genre, is the inevitable setting of the scene with a lot of detailed telling (think Tolkein, which I am still struggling to read). I like to be plunked into the action of the story, and then work out the details of the setting, characters, etc. Chris does that and does it well by putting us into what is possibly Zeus' worst day ever as the son of a goat farmer. He soon finds himself whisked away to Mount Olympus prep school (officially Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia), and what we have is reminiscent of the first time we all read about Hogwarts. Zeus discovers a world of academia like he's never seen before, and students like he's never met before. Through Zeus' eyes, we explore this new world filled with new academic pursuits like Shapeshifting class. Not to worry, those of us who enjoy tension in a plot, there is a rival school, and what we get there is a well balanced plot between revenge for his mother and a mystery of his actual parentage. You will definitely be entertained as you turn pages to discover what happens next. As the first book in a series, this sets up the world, characters and conflict nicely, and you will definitely want more of Zeus' adventures by the time you turn that last page.

  • Cheryl
    2019-06-04 11:58

    This is the second book I have read from this author. The second time around was easier. What I mean by this is that I was able to jump right into this story with ease; everything from the storyline to the characters drew me in. Young readers to adults will enjoy this book and you don't have to be into mythology. Zeus is the perfect lead character. I like that this story features Zeus and the rest of the characters as young teens. Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia is an interesting school. You could say it is like the Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. I like Zeus would be anxious to try transforming myself as both inanimate objects and living beings. The story picked up towards the last third of the story. This is where we see Zeus and several of his class mates battle the bad Gods. The Sky Throne is a book worthy of the Gods!

  • Dawn
    2019-06-04 08:39

    I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.Sky Throne captured my attention from the very beginning and was a quick read. It is the story of Zeus's early years. He finds out that his mother is not really his mother but more of a caretaker to keep him safe from his true father. When Hyperion comes looking for him, his best friend is killed and his "mother" is injured. This changes his life forever. He's immediately taken to Mount Olympus Prep Academy for protection but once he's there, he finds out that he's been handpicked as one of the students because of his gifts. He never knew he had gifts!I haven't ever gotten into mythology so I didn't have too much of an idea what to expect. What I got was an interesting young adult fantasy with several twists, action, mystery, and a touch of romance. I like the author's writing style. It's easy to follow and flows well.If you enjoy Greek mythology, or even if you don't, if you like young adult fiction, I recommend Sky Throne. 

  • Rebecca Stalnaker
    2019-06-21 09:38

    This book is a fresh, unique tale about Zeus and the other Greek Gods! I am looking forward to more of these stories! To see my full review, check out my blog post at Book Review Becca!

  • iamnotabookworm
    2019-06-01 04:55

    This is my first time to read a retelling of Zeus and the Olympians. Most of us are familiar with the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan which this book reminds me of. There are similarities and differences between this book and that of Rick Riordan's. They can be compared as they are both retellings and the hero in both books is unsure and does not know what to do at the start. But then, they later on became what they are meant to be. One difference in the stories is that in this one, it does not talk about demi gods but the Olympians and the Titans. Yes, this book is more like the Olympians versus the Titans story. It tells us the origins of the Olympians, the 6 children of Kronos and Rhea. Their childhood. How they came to possess their powers, more specifically, how Zeus came to be.I love this story. Though it is a retelling and retellings of famous and favorite mythological characters have been done before, this story has its own brand of freshness. The story of Zeus, the ruler of heavens, has never been that openly explored like most Greek gods and heroes such as Hercules, Perseus, Achilles and Jason. Knowing the origin of Zeus and his siblings is very curious. Much more appealing is that they are portrayed to be in their teenage years. The years where everyone either feels he can conquer the world or he feels like he has nothing to offer. The most crucial and exciting stage in anyone's life, as in the story - even to gods. The story explores a lot of themes experienced by ordinary teenagers like trying to belong and fit in, to find out his/her origins or his family, to get to know oneself and potentials, dealing with a loss and life's blows at such a young age and to find if s/he has a place in the world.I give the book 5/5 thrones. This is a refreshing take on the not-so-new Greek mythology retellings. I really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to more installments of this series. It is obvious that more stories are coming. This book is just a start of Zeus' adventures. Though, this can be compared to the widely known Percy Jackson series, this book can hold its own. There are common factors that are both present in the stories like the Oracle or a prophecy, the heroes portrayed as inexperienced teenagers and a host of friends to help save the day. I think in this story, it's a bit serious in tone, unlike Riordan's who will have you cracking up once in a while with funny antics of the characters, especially the main character. I think it has more to do with the personality of the heroes. Zeus compared to Percy has been through a loss that had made him more intense which I think helped in shaping him becoming the ruler of the skies and heavens.Congratz to Ledbetter for a very entertaining adventure. I can't wait for the next one. Thank you, RockStar Book Tour for the copy.Failing means you've given up trying. I never want to be in a situation that's so bleak that giving up is favorable to trying again.- Chris Ledbetter, Sky Throne -

  • Valeria
    2019-06-01 08:37

    I was volunteering in the young adult section of my town's public library when I saw this book. Once I read the summary and realized that it based on the Greek Gods, I just had to grab it. I've been a huge fan of greek mythology since middle school.At first, the book was a tiny bit confusing, but I easily caught on. Based on teenagers greek gods going to a special school and becoming friends. They went on a pretty wild, but awesome mission, and the ending blew my mind. I even teared up, don't worry, it was happy tears.

  • Liz Crowe
    2019-06-09 06:38

    I am blown away by the sheer magnitude of the task Mr. Ledbetter set himself for this novel: To create a Harry-Potter-style school for Greek gods, a la Rick Riordan and his Percy Jackson series BUT (but!) to allow us to see a young Zeus as awkward with girls (!) like any typical teenaged boy, one of the many characteristics that endows him with a sort of humanity that is rarely portrayed in Greek mythology. He also twists the "known myth" of Zeus's parentage in a way that turns the whole thing into an action-adventure-thriller that makes this book a must-read.It's clear that the author is well versed in not only mythical lore, but also Greek history and geography, which only adds to the world-building he's accomplished.This book will definitely appeal to YA/Middle Grade readers who enjoyed Riordan/Rowling/Collins worlds...but I'd also recommend for anyone who loves a solid Greek myth/fantasy/thriller. It's tightly paced, believable (one of the most important elements when building a fantasy world out of a mythical one), funny, and compelling.

  • Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
    2019-06-09 11:37

    You don't need to be a fan of Greek Mythology to enjoy this story. However, if you are, you're in a for a real treat! FULL REVIEW

  • Jessica Bronder
    2019-05-31 05:36

    A young Zeus attends Eastern Crete Lower Academy and likes to pull pranks with his friend, Anytos. But one day an Older Diety, Hyperion, sets out to destroy him per a prophecy has foretold. Although Zeus escapes, Anytos is killed and his mother is injured. Zeus is hurting from his loss but is sent to Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia. From there Zeus has an adventure coming into his role as the leader of the gods and goddesses. I really enjoy mythology stories and couldn’t wait to read The Sky Throne. I enjoyed reading about Zeus’ heritage and his struggle to be the leader. The twist on this book is that the gods and goddesses are given a modern twist making this a young adult story. So there is a modern day approach to the story with current slang and attitudes.I think this story was well written and filled with lots of action and adventure. This retelling explores the six children of Kronos and Rhea. It takes place in their teen years and really explores Zeus trying to follow his heritage. I think this book is well written and one that you should check out.I received The Sky Throne from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

  • Aurora
    2019-06-02 10:37

  • Linda
    2019-05-25 05:47

    “The Sky Throne” by Chris Ledbetter reconfigures the Greek gods and goddesses as teens: passionate, flawed, independent, rebellious, and emotional risk-takers. Protagonist Zeus knows he won’t be a goat herder like his mother, Amalthea, but at school on the island of Crete, he is not serious about studies and instead pulls enough pranks to get him and his best friend, Anytos, expelled. Worse, when an Elder Deity, Hyperion suddenly appears, questing after a prophecy from the Oracles, he and his cronies hurt Amalthea and kill Anytos. Now, there is nothing on Crete for the disheartened Zeus who is taken to Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia. There he plans to seek revenge for his losses; instead it is soon clear there are problems at the Academia that only Zeus can solve. This will be a great read for middle school and high school readers!

  • Marilyn R.
    2019-06-03 08:41

    ​The Sky Throne is a great YA fiction offering that takes Greek and Roman mythology as inspiration to create a fantasy plot full of intrigue. Each of the main characters are younger versions of those we know as ruling deities in classical literature.It all begins when Zeus gets kicked out of his school. Then his community is attacked. He is an orphan left in their care and to protect him, and themselves, they deliver him to MO Prep - an advanced school only the best of the best are invited to. There he meets classmates who are also orphans. Zeus thrives as he learns how to morph into other creatures, gains strength through training and diet, faces his fear of heights and grows close to his classmates.The school comes under attack as a teacher and several students go missing. 3 Primal Beings arrive to try to find the answer, and Zeus ends up under heavy suspicion. While the schools goes into lockdown mode, the talented students find a way off campus and travel to hell to bring back the 3 cyclops imprisoned there, hoping these master weapon makers can tip the balance of power in the school's favour.The plot twists and turns. Some evil foes are evident - others are hidden. Who to trust becomes a challenge. There are life-threatening fights and frustrated romances. And the fact the young members of the school are the ones to risk everything to save their way of life will be a sure hit with any YA reader.

  • Tonja Drecker
    2019-06-06 04:49

    Zeus and mythology collides with modern day teenage spice to create a fast-paced and engaging read.Zeus isn't exactly an ideal student, gets kicked out of school thanks to his row of pranks and is faced with house arrest and goat tending as a punishment when he gets home. After sneaking out one night to attend a bonfire, he returns to an unexpected attack by an Elder deity, Hyperion, which leaves his best friend dead and his mother injured. Still fighting grief, he learns that the deity was actually after him. At the Olympus prep school, he hopes to find answers no one seems to be able to give him, but instead, is caught up in the middle of a conflict, which threatens more than just the school or him.The author has created an intriguing world by mixing aspects of Greek mythology with those of a modern day, teenage world, while still keeping the setting based in ancient mythology. Zeus is presented as a teenage boy with tons of potential, but has enough rough spots to make him difficult to handle. He's a prankster and a woman's man. . .kind of. The Greek gods, according to mythology, weren't exactly moral or nice, and many of Zeus' traits are hinted at in this teenage version, but in a way, which still makes him likable and easy to cheer for. Especially when he starts to learn what he's capable of and the plot shifts into action pure.There is never a boring moment, and the tension and action build through-out the book, creating a wonderful climax toward the end. Although some aspects mirror the mythology, other scenes and happenings follow their own imagination. This makes the story unpredictable and offers several unexpected twists and turns. The plot flows well and adds the layers neatly. There's even a bit of romance, which fits well to Zeus' character and holds its own surprises as well.The world building was well done in so far that it's easy to picture the scenes and characters. The first chapter doesn't flow as smoothly as the later ones do, simply because there is a lot of name dropping. Although this draws direct connections to the mythology, it's a bit heavy for readers not completely familiar with the material. Mythology fans, however, will grasp it up and feel right at home. The mixing of the modern into the ancient setting makes for an interesting background with aspects readers can easily relate too. Still, at times, this combination clashes and comes across a little forced. That's why I'm giving this 4.5 stars and rounding up to 5.All in all, this was a fun read with lots of exciting moments and tension. Young mythology fans are sure to enjoy this and will be disappointed only because the story comes to an end.I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it enough to want to freely leave my honest thoughts and opinions.

  • Angela Thompson
    2019-05-26 09:41

    Wonderful Greek mythology retelling for a YA audience. My youngest daughter loves mythology/fantasy books such as this one. At first, I doubted that the book could be that much different than so many of the other Greek God-to-modern-adventure-retellings I have read over the years with her. (This genre is clearly her favorite.) I was pleasantly surprised. The author does a wonderful job blending the ancient, mythological world with a modern world to which the young adult audience will relate and enjoy--and throws in a coming of age element that older adults will enjoy as well.Readers will find some resolution--but, be left with loose ends. This book is part of a series (which I did not initially notice as we began reading it.) I was glad that the book does offer a good bit of resolution to the twists so that readers feel some closure to this first book. In spite of that closure, readers will be pulled into the storyline and the character's lives enough that they will certainly want to move on to the second book. My daughter already has it on her reading list for next spring! Would I recommend The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter? My daughter ranks this book right up there with her favorites from the Percy Jackson series and the Seven Wonders series. The characters seemed more like typical, young adults than mythological kings--yet, some of the personality quirks and details reminded readers who they were reading about at times. The book does have some foul language and background themes that are a little mature for younger readers--but, not so much so that I felt uncomfortable allowing my middle school daughter to read it. She enjoyed the action and adventure--and the mythological retelling. I enjoyed the growth and development of the characters. We both look forward to future installments of the series.I received a copy of this book from the author or publisher for use in a blog review. All thoughts are my own.

  • Jeremy Gallen
    2019-06-08 09:55

    The fantasy literary genre dates back to the nineteenth century, with several examples of classical fantasy such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking Glass, not to mention L. Frank Baum’s massive Oz series. Religious mythology would ultimately become a heavy influence in works such as J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and its prequel The Hobbit, rooted in Norse mythos, and C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, based on biblical themes. Greek mythology hasn’t been heavily utilized, though, except perhaps in works such as Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians cycle. Modern writer Chris Ledbetter, though, takes a similar stab at Greek-themed fantasy with The Sky Throne, which he dedicates to his father, who introduced him to Hellenic mythology when he was five years old. The perspective is first-person, with the narrator being Zeus, many other characters through the story named after Greek deities, although a few have nicknames, such as Poseidon’s being Don and Hades’ being Shade. The initial setting is the island of Crete in an unidentified period, with the author rarely mentioning his own unique days of the week, appropriate since those in English are largely based on the nomenclature of Nordic gods.Zeus opens his story with his belief he is an outcast at the Eastern Crete Lower Academy during the two years he has attended, although he does have his talents, chiefly javelin-throwing and wrestling. One of his pranks, however, results in his expulsion, and an ultimate transfer to Mount Olympus Prep, situated on its namesake peak, where much of the action occurs. Several twists abound towards the end of the narrative, with this story generally being enjoyable, if somewhat derivative, particularly with regards to certain familial revelations, although The Sky Throne is definitely a great story for teenagers, particularly fans of Percy Jackson.

  • Carla
    2019-06-15 04:33

    I LOVE Greek history (well all history in general) and this book had all of my favourite Greek Gods but from a whole new view-point - before they became the Gods that grace the pages of history books and classes.The story focuses around Zeus who is a light-hearted prankster who yearns for more than the life of taking care of sheep that he is leading. He is such a funny sweet young man who it is almost hard to imagine in the beginning that this young man will become the great Zeus. It is when his best friend is murdered and his Mother injured that Zeus sets out on a quest to learn more about his past, avenge his friend's murder and to find his place in the world.This is when we meet with some of the other God's and get an intimate look into their youth and personalities. Zeus enters a very special and elite school with very few of the other God's. They are in a constant competition with the neighbouring school who broke apart from Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia. This is when the story gets really exciting! The plot begins to centre around the Sky Throne, the disappearance of his friends and a battle between (what felt like) good and evil.I loved every moment of this exciting story and felt it would be great for young adults and adults alike. It gave such a unique and different look at the lives of the Gods before they became famous in history. We saw them as they begin to grow into their roles, as somewhat normal teens trying to find their place in the world. It was definitely a novel that I could not put down and have read several times over since receiving this book. It is a definite must read!

  • Floryie
    2019-05-27 07:45

    I always have time for Greek Mythology based fiction and school based stories. So when I saw this was a cross of the two, I couldn't resist getting my hands on it. And the book cover doesn't hurt the eyes either. I sometimes take into consideration the cover so it has to appeal to my senses.This book, as much as it was a bit predictable, was engrossing because of the mystery Zeus tries to solve. I have to say young Zeus is very interesting. His fight to fit in, his flirting with girls, his trials to find the truth - all form into a very unique mythical retelling. There are enough surprises to keep me going inspite of the language used. Yes, sometimes I felt as if the language was too much of a blend of modern and old time language. I struggled a bit with it.The ending was another thing which didn't sit well with me. It felt rushed and I believe it could have been worked out a bit. But the beginning was a very good one. It had me engaged at mischievous Zeus and his antics. All in all, I enjoyed the book. It was time well spent enjoying a different take on classical mythology.I received a free copy for reviewing purposes. This doesn't impact my review in any way.My one line review : A good fiction of getting to know Zeus in his younger days.My rating : 4/5My reread factor : 3/5

  • David Watson
    2019-06-08 06:49

    Zeus felt like he didn’t belong, it’s like he was invisible at school and the only thing he had to look forward to was taking over his mother’s goat farm . He was a student at Eastern Crete Lower Academy but he found school boring so he spent his time pulling pranks with his best friend. Life changes quickly though as Hyperion attacks his home, now his best friend is left for dead and Zeus is left with the knowledge that the woman raising him is not his real mother.Now Zeus is being taken away to Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia so he can be protected from Hyperion and to prepare him for what’s coming. Now he has a new life and is meeting new people in the academy but now his classmates are beginning to vanish and its up to Zeus to find out what’s happening and who is trying to kill him.The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter is a coming of age story for people who love Greek mythology. The story has a lot of action and is a great read for kids with an interest in mythology. I enjoyed how the schools are described and how the book gets into describing what Greek society is like. This is a perfect read for kids in middle school, they will love the introduction to mythology and will find all the characters easy to relate too. This is also a good starting point for kids who are wanting to become better readers and discover the joys of YA fiction.

  • Marilyn Almodóvar
    2019-06-01 10:33

    Chris Ledbetter, author of Drawn and Inked, Caenus and the Quiver of Artemis, is one of those authors that are in the insta-buy category. His world building is so precise and his characters are so tri-dimensional that there’s no hesitation when I hear he’s got a new book out. The Sky Throne, his latest book, doesn’t disappoint. In fact it has filled, quite well, the need to read more books which not only revisit The Greeks, but re-make their stories into new and exciting ones.Action packed -checkedFun -checkedRomance, d’uh, it’s Zeus… -checkedHot-headed competition between rival schools -checkedPage turning story -checked-checked-checkedYou don’t have to be a Greek mythology buff to enjoy the story. The characters, the settings and the story itself will take you through a roller coaster ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

  • Leila
    2019-06-10 05:46

    This is definitely not my ‘norm’ genre to read, but my 11 year old is currently obsessed with Greek mythology books and Rick Riordan so I thought I would give it a go – maybe something we could bond over.Boy, will we!I finished this book in less than 24 hours. Again – this is not my ‘norm’ genre – but it was too good to set down!I know minimal of Greek mythology so I walked into this book blind, but the action and the story line and the mystery that lurked were all entwined so magically and so brilliantly that I could not stop reading. I had to know who was who, who could be trusted, who was creating trouble, and how the whole thing would play out.I really hope there are more books to this – it could easily be a series.After finishing the book, I handed it to my daughter to read as I am certain she is going to enjoy it as much as I did. (And I will certainly share her review once she reads it!)If you enjoy Greek Gods and Goddesses; if you enjoy mystery; if you enjoy the hint of romance – you are surely to enjoy The Sky Throne.

  • A Holland Reads
    2019-05-28 06:56

    This book was a new way of looking at Zeus from what we have always known. No one thinks of him as a fiesty young boy. I liked this new version and thought it was a good way to get kids interested in Greek Mythology. Then you have some added mystery that you are trying to solve along side Zeus. I felt as if the author did a good job of pulling you into this story at the very beginning. His writing style was also nice as the book moved right along. This will be a good book for your young adult.

  • Chris Jackson
    2019-06-03 08:45

    This was an interesting and very page-turning version of the Greek God creation myth. Showing where Zeus came from, where he was hiding and removing his memory of his true mother was wonderful. Changing the Olympians and the Titans into rival schools was a stroke of genius, that really appealed to me, not being too far from school age.I hope Chris Ledbetter carries on with this tale of the Greek gods and their creation and how they come to power. I would happily pick up the next one, if there is to be a next one, and gratefully see a different take on the other gods in this Pantheon, maybe see how the rest of the titans are taken care of and maybe see another gods point of view throughout another book.

  • Lindsay
    2019-06-11 08:35

    Book Tour: The Sky Throne Chris Ledbetter is a new author to me. His storytelling is nice and well written. I enjoyed his book “The Sky Throne” a fantasy and mythology book. It tells a story about a young Zeus and somewhat of how he comes to be a Geek God.  Will Zeus and his classmates find out what they are to do? The adventures they take are thrilling. Don is short for “Poseidon”. Is this book to tell the story of ancient Greek or is it more geared towards Modern? You will have to read the book to find out for yourself and decide. Though the story of young Zeus is about ancient Greek and becoming Greek God.  Hypson coming to Create after young Zeus pulls enough pranks to get himself and his best friend expelled from Crete Lower Prep. Will he learn his lesson or will he continue with the pranks? Once his best friend is killed and his mother injured he is sent to Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia. He sent to Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia he as one question “Who is his real Mother”?

  • Olga
    2019-06-03 06:31

    Certainly entertaining. A different way of looking at Greek Mythology

  • Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
    2019-05-29 11:38

    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I haven't been on a blog tour in so long, it's weirddd. How do I format things again?Honestly, I'm starting to trust Chris Ledbetter's ideas because all of the books I've come across/read that are by him all have one thing in common: they're different, they're unique and they refreshing take on something. Please don't ever let me down with bookish concepts. I'm picky now, and I'd probably cry.Ledbetter doesn't disappoint, of course. Well before the demigods of Mount Olympus and Percy Jackson existed, there were the Titans and the Olympians. "WAIT, you ask. DOES THIS MEAN IF I LIKE RICK RIORDAN'S BOOKS, I MIGHT LIKE THE SKY THRONE."And let's be honest: the Olympians probably didn't spring into adulthood straight from birth, so they have to start somewhere, even if it starts with Hyperion attacking young Zeus and killing his best friend in the process. This would be a highly tragic way for Lupe to die because she IS my best friend. He is then sent to Mount Olympus Preparatory, which if we're putting two things together, all of the students who go there will later be known as the Olympians.Considering the fact Greek mythology is vast, there is a large cast of characters - anyone who knows little to nothing about Greek mythology might end up lost keeping track of all the characters and who they are. We've got the major players: Chronos/Kronos, Rhea, Zeus, the rest of the Olympians, the Titans, etc. - most of them have nicknames that are remotely similar to their original name, but it may be difficult to keep track regardless. Or maybe I'm very strange and have a shabby memory. My brain cries when I try to remember too hard."Okay, but the Olympians and Titans usually bicker like nobody's business. Is that included and will it give me headache (aka make me want to throw the book against the wall)?" Despite the somewhat large cast of characters, Ledbetter has a great balance between what we as readers know about Greek figures depicted in media and a personality each character has of their own. The Olympians have their bickering and putting each other down sometimes, but it's a lot less bickering and more familial than what I know of, which is 10 tablespoons of bickering and 1/2 teaspoon of actually getting along. Yes, Percy Jackson. I'm eyeballing you, even if I loved you in my middle school days.The Sky Throne brings back great middle school reading memories without trying to replace them - fans of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus will most likely find themselves enjoying the first book in Ledbetter's new series. And lo and behold, Ledbetter has confirmed! There is a sequel in the works! Secretly I'm dancing around. Shh.This review was originally posted on Bookwyrming Thoughts