#Blog Tour #The Immortal Game by Talia Rotschield and A.C.Harvey #YA Fantasy @Xpresso Book Tours @Swoon Reads
The Immortal Game
This story was so much fun to read! I am a big fan of mythology-based books and books about loyalty, friendship, adventure, standing up for injustly accused and finding your own way in the world. Add not one but two strong female leads to the mix and you've got me swooning!
Yes, this book is perfect for fans of Percy Jackson, although it doesn't focus on demi-gods, so there is very little connection with the human world. The main characters Galene, daughter of Poseidon, Iyana,daughter of Zeus, Demetri, son of Ares, and Braxtus are young, so-called unnamed gods. They have to take a special kind of test to earn their immortality and future veneration from humans. There is also Kostas, another adorable character in the book, who has already passed his Trial and has earned his name of the God of Games.
Galene fails her test, although there are some doubts about the fairness of the trial in her case. She is sad, but resigned to try again in future. Then unthinkable happens: Mount Olympus is attacked and Galene is framed for what occured. She is exiled. Her best friend Iyana speaks up in her favour and banishes herself in protest against the unfairness of the Gods' decision. They are joined by Demetri,and later Braxtus and Kostas. Once they reach Galene's previously exiled older brother Chrysander, they will have to make some choices that would test their loyalty to their home and would send them on an unforgettable adventure.
There are several POVs in this book and I loved getting these different perspectives, although I must admit Kostas's was always my favourite, due not only to his character, but also his special abilities. The mix of characters was absolutely perfect, plus they all have to grow and develop in the book to show to the world what they really are and what they are capable of!
The setting was fantastic and the quest were fantastic- there was so much variety! The pace was excellent- just enough time to let us get to know the characters better and lots of exciting action. One of my favourite scenes was the battle of Iyana with the traitor- it was great to see this generaly quiet and insecure girl realise her power and use it in a spectacular way. Another top moment is the Beast Maker Game, but you have to read the book to find out what it is all about...
Highly recommended to anyonewho loves a good action-packed mythology story!
Thankyou to NetGalley, the publisher and Xpresso Book Tours for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.