An exiled goddess goes on a quest to clear her name and save Mount Olympus in Talia Rothschild & A C Harvey’s action-packed young adult debut, The Immortal Game!
Galene, daughter of Poseidon, desperately wants to earn her place among the gods. But when a violent attack leaves Mount Olympus in chaos and ruins, she is accused of the crime. Banished from Olympus, Galene sets out to prove her innocence and discovers a more deadly plot—one that threatens even the oldest of Immortals.
Fortunately, she has allies who willingly join her in exile:
A lifelong friend who commands the wind.
A defiant warrior with deadly skill.
A fire-wielder with a hero’s heart.
A mastermind who plays life like a game.
All-out war is knocking at the gates. Galene and her friends are the only ones who can tip the scales toward justice, but their choices could save Olympus from total annihilation, or be the doom of them all.
Talia Rothschild, Italian American, is passionate about stories in many forms—music, dance, photography, film and, of course, great novels. She believes in thick hot chocolate and creamer in your tea. When she’s not happily writing, she’s mothering the sweetest baby girl and making memories with her husband. Her debut book The Immortal Game, coauthored with A. C. Harvey, hits the shelves May 2021.
Ashleigh Harvey is teaching high school physics and bringing her writing dreams to life. English-born and world-traveled, she loves filling her life with new adventures, such as visiting a new country or exploring the Wild West with her husband. She also finds escape in movies, music, literature, and yearly comic conventions. The Immortal Game is her debut novel, created alongside Talia Rothschild, her close friend.
The Immortal Game automatically caught my attention as a story featuring Greek Mythology. This story stood out to me as it features the children of well-known Gods and Goddesses. These characters are Gods and Goddesses themselves, who live on Mount Olympus. The story surrounds these children, who are mortal, on their quest for immortality and to become “Named” Gods and Goddesses. While this novel is a standalone, the world and characters would be excellent to turn into a series.
Galene is the daughter of Poseidon, who has worked her entire life for her immortal trial. She is loyal to the Olympians and anxious to prove that she is worthy. Her brother, Chrysander, did not feel the same way and chose to be exiled from Mount Olympus, as he wanted to be free of their rules. After Galene’s trial, there is an attack that leads to Galene becoming exiled. Her friend Iyana, daughter of Zeus, does not believe it is right that Galene is blamed when she does not think Galene is capable. She decides that she does not want Galene exiled alone and joins her. Iyana’s boyfriend, Demetri, son of Ares and Aphrodite, joins them to go with Iyana.
The other two that eventually join the story’s journey to clear Galene’s name are Braxtos, Iyana’s ex-boyfriend and son of Apollo and Kostos, the son of Hermes and Braxtos’s best friend. Kostos passed his trial and is now the immortal God of Games while Braxtos still needs to be pass his trial. While in exile, Galene and her group find Chrysander and uncover a plot to destroy the immortal Olympians. Their new quest then becomes to find the relic presented by Chrysander that can either save or destroy Mount Olympus.
The story is told from the third person with four points of view: Galene, Kostas, Braxtos, and Iyana. It was great to see each of their inner thoughts. There were times that I wish the fifth member of their adventure, Dimitri, also had his own chapters, but it did not take away from my enjoyment of the story. All of the characters brought something to the table and were interesting in their own ways. Some of them experience more character development compared to the other characters, but it all felt natural within the story.
Honestly, I was not expecting to like this novel as much as I did. I have already tried to figure out the next time I can re-read it. Although the characters and setting as based on familiar elements, the authors took a unique take on them where everything and everyone is still recognizable yet still unique. The Deck of Fates is one of the most interesting and unique inventions in the story as it takes a characteristic from different mythological beings and combines them to make a new super-creature. There are many elements in this novel, including multiple action sequences that the plot moves at a decent pace. There are some scenes that are a little long, for my taste, but they were not too long that it affected by overall enjoyment. Overall, this was a very captivating story that I did not want to put down and I hope these two authors write a lot more novels like this in the future!
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