Monday, April 08, 2019

#BookTour for The Sky Throne (The Sky Throne #1) by Chris Ledbetter

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.

About the Author:  
Chris Ledbetter is an award-winning author of short fiction and novels for young adults. “Jason’s Quest,” a short story retelling of the Jason and Medea Greek myth was published in the anthology, Greek Myths Revisited. His first full-length novel, Drawn earned him two awards, Library of Clean Reads Best YA 2015 and Evernight Publishing Readers’ Choice Award Best YA 2015, as well as a USATODAY “Must Read” recommendation. His second novel, Inked, concludes that duology. The Sky Throne is his newest young adult novel. 

He's a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. He now writes and lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats. 

Additional Information:
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 CIAA. And, 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. While teaching high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, he taught business management, business law, marketing, and sports marketing, and also coached football.

As a self-described, young reluctant reader, he writes young adult stories specifically to reach other reluctant readers.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: I love Greek Mythology. I pretty much grew up reading everything I could about it.  So this retelling about Zeus was right up my alley.  I do think that this would be better classified as middle grade or a transition title for those going from middle grade to young adult.   

The world building was not a formed as I would have liked as some of the wording that was used really didn't feel right for the setting. 

I think this one would be great for fans of Rick Riordan as it really has the same feel. 

Gr 6 Up—A coming- of-age story involving a rivalry between the Olympians and the Titans. Young Zeus feels invisible at Eastern Crete Lower Academy. Even the bullies don't notice. When tragedy strikes his family, he is swept up in a struggle he doesn't fully understand. Filled with rage, he seeks revenge, but fate guides him to Mount Olympus Prep where he meets Hestia (Tia), Hades (Shade), Demeter (Meter) and other notable mythological characters. Zeus's romantic attraction to girls is woven throughout the tale as he learns about himself and the talents he possesses. The mystery shrouding his past and an internal conflict consuming the school sets Zeus on a life-changing path. The novel offers a blend of Rick Riordan's contemporary Greek heroes and Harry Potter's academic endeavors, a fun story line, fast-paced storytelling, and an endearing protagonist. VERDICT A good choice that will delight readers of Greek mythology.—Robyn Gioia, Seoul American Elementary School, Korea

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