Friday, January 16, 2015
FANTASTIC FRIDAY: The Flame of Olympus by Kate O'Hearn
ABOUT THE BOOK
A young girl, a winged horse, and a war of epic proportions make for an adventurous start to an exciting new trilogy.
When Pegasus crashes onto a Manhattan roof during a terrible storm, Emily’s life changes forever. Suddenly allied with a winged horse she’d always thought was mythical, Emily is thrust into the center of a fierce battle between the Roman gods and a terrifying race of multiarmed stone warriors called the Nirads. Emily must team up with a thief named Paelen, the goddess Diana, and a boy named Joel in order to return Pegasus to Olympus and rescue the gods from a certain death.
Along the way, Emily and her companions will fight monsters, run from a government agency that is prepared to dissect Pegasus, and even fly above the Manhattan skyline—all as part of a quest to save Olympus before time runs out.
I picked up this book based on the gorgeous cover. Being a horse fan I immediately fell in love with the cover and knew I wanted to read this book. And I was not disappointed. While not as involved as Riordan's Percy Jackson series, this new Olympus based fantasy series has plenty of action for the middle grade reader. In fact, the action starts in the first chapter and never lets up. A war on Olympus has come to earth and a young New Yorker named Emily finds herself involved when an injured Pegasus lands on the roof of her building. Unfortunately, Emily and her friend Joel are forced to flee with Pegasus when the Nirads come hunting. But it turns out that not only are the Nirads trying to kill Pegasus, but a government entity named the CRU wants to capture him as well.
While there is much here that is typical fantasy such as the evil government entity, monsters, and a child having to step up to save the world, there is much here to be enjoyed. The resourcefulness of Emily and her friends is admirable as is the ability of Paelen the thief's ability to thwart the desires of the villains (I always enjoy knowing more than the villains). There isn't as much character development here as I would have liked to see, but young readers who enjoy a lot of action won't care, especially readers who love horse stories that involve magic and adventure beyond the every day.