Meet Phoebe Katz, the 12-year-old foster kid from New York City that’s been bounced around the system her entire life. Things happen around Phoebe, but it’s not like they’re her fault! At her newest school, Dexter Academy, she’s finally made two friends: Angie, whose father may or may not be in the mob, and Damian, a brainiac who can recite pages of useless facts.
When a two-headed dog suddenly attacks her in the gymnasium, Phoebe is sure she’s losing her mind until a statue of Athena comes to life and delivers some stunning news: Phoebe is actually a daughter of Zeus, half-sister to Athena and she has a twin brother named Perseus, the same Perseus who one day slays Medusa. Separated at birth, Phoebe was sent away from Ancient Greece to protect her from a terrible prophecy claiming she will one day destroy Olympus.
When her beloved social worker, Carl, is taken by her half-brother, Ares, back to Ancient Greece, Phoebe and her two friends must travel there and find a way to rescue him and defeat the prophecy. After accidentally wrecking the Temple of Apollo, Phoebe discovers a new prophecy, one that claims she can defeat Ares. Phoebe heads out to collect a talisman from six terrible Greek monsters including the fang from a nine-headed hydra, a talon from the Nemean lion, a horn from the chimera, and a feather from the sphinx. With her burgeoning powers, the ability to control weather and wield lightning bolts, Phoebe is in a race to stop Ares without destroying Olympus, even as she uncovers the terrible truth that she has been used as a pawn.
Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10
Plot: This charming and brilliant novel is superbly plotted and will win over readers.
Prose: Phoebe’s voice is dead on and authentic, as are those of her friends. The author's masterful prose and style serve the story instead of merely taking center stage.
Originality: This unique novel manages to breathe fresh life into an orphaned child, New York City, and the Greek pantheon.
Character Development: Phoebe Katz—orphan, wise ass, and, as we are soon to discover, Greek God—is a fully developed and wonderfully compelling character.
Blurb: This author and novel are ready for prime time and the big time.
Date Submitted: August 29, 2017