I am so excited to bring you this new book in the Olympus Trilogy. Last year I had read the first part Athena’s Champion – officially part of Bibliogyan’s recommendation and I loved it. It was grand, filled with betrayals, love, tragedy and everything that makes Greek mythology great. I wasn’t really aware it was a trilogy though, so I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email to review the next part. Here’s my take on it.
We start with few months after the last part finished in Athena’s Champion where Odysseus’s true lineage was revealed at Pytho which led to him fulfilling a prophecy by the same Oracle. This one starts off with his sister Ctimene marrying her childhood sweetheart, Maeus, but at the last moment the wedding is called off and she marries someone else. Odysseus suspects foul play and with the help of Bria – a daemon, Eurybates, and newly appointed Theoi Diomedes embark on a journey to Delos where the sorcerer Tiresias, who is suspected to be the one who meddled with Ctimene’s marriage is headed.
On the way Bria updates him about a spontaneous prophecy by a novice Arnacia, but is shrouded in secrecy. They need to uncover what it is as it is suspected that it predicts about the long prophesied Trojan war. Once in Delos, Odysseus discovers that the the prophecy is closely related to him and the possibility of starting a war which can break the illusion of the impregnable city of Thebes. For this he needs to unite the Epigoni which is no small feat. Odysseus is caught between the prophecy, the gods and his mortal enemies including the seer cum sorcerer Tiresias. What happens next will decide the course of his, Ithaca’s and his patron Goddess Athena’s future.
This book was as good as the previous one. It was much more fast paced. The pages were just flowing. Not even one page was out of place. Something or the other was continuously happening. The characters remain fresh as ever. Odysseus has matured and how. His voice is much stronger, matching his renowned legend. He is confident, logical and most of all he cares about what he does. He isn’t ruthless or conniving just because he is much stronger than before. A very likeable character. The others have reasonable importance and maintain their arc really well. The other good thing is it can be read as a stand alone as the previous book’s story is well explained in flashes here and there.
Again, the content is heavy on mythology but the writing is such that it doesn’t bog down the reader. Every character makes a mark – small or big. The best thing about it is that despite based on traditional mythology, the modern reader will never feel like he’s reading something outdated. The language is fluid and narration, simple. Not an easy task for the majestic Greek mythologies. This is a series mythology fans should not miss.
Thank you to NetGalley & Canelo Publishers for my review copy.
Release date – 30th April, 2019.
Pros: language, storyline, character development, engrossing
Cons: thankfully none.
Bibliogyan verdict: What more do I need to say for you to read it?