Author: Emily King
My mother told me that men would speak about the Golden Age as a time of peace and happiness for all… However, the women of our age would tell a very different story…
Cronus, God of Gods, whose inheritance is the world. Among his possessions: women, imprisoned and fated to serve. The strong-minded Althea Lambros controls her own fate and lives to honor her dying mother’s plea to protect her two sisters at all costs. Althea’s journey toward crushing the tyranny has begun. It is a destiny foretold by the Fates. And she is following their visions.
On the southern isle of Crete, hidden among mortal women who have fled the Titans, is the Boy God, son of Cronus and believed dead. He shares Althea’s destiny to vanquish the Almighty—fate willing. Because Cronus has caught wind of the plot. He’s amassing his own forces against Althea’s righteous rebellion and all those who will no longer surrender or run. There will be war. If she’s to survive to write their history, the indomitable Althea must soar higher than any god.
Wings of Fury is the first novel in the series of the same name. It takes place in the age of Titans before the rise of the Greek Gods/Goddesses. The story includes the six Titan Households: First House (Cronus & Rhea), Second House (Coeus & Phoebe), Third House (Crius & Eurybia), Fourth House (Hyperion & Theia), Fifth House (Lapetus & Clymene), and Sixth House (Oceanus & Tethys). The First House’s Cronus is the Almighty, the God of Gods, and Ruler of the Land, and serves as a central character in the story.
Our main character is Althea Lambros, daughter of Stavra, who used to serve Cronus, and Tassos. While there are some prologue scenes that build-up to the start of the story, the main plot starts when Althea is 18 years old. Her older sisters, Bronte, 20 years old, and Cleora, 21 years old also serve as central secondary characters. Althea is marked by Decimus, a high ranking officer who serves Cronus and met Althea when his troop was searching for Stavra. To finally escape Althea plans to go to the Southern Isles with her two sisters, but things do not go as planned when Cleora is taken by Decimus. To get her back, Althea meets with the three fates, Clotho, Lachesis, and Aisa, who tell her the key is to find Zeus, the son of Cronus and Rhea. Therefore, Althea sets off an adventure to find Zeus on the Isle of Crete. She is joined by Bronte and a former officer of Decimus’s troop, Colonel Theo Angelos.
The series drew me in as I love stories featuring Greek mythology. While this story is the rise of Zeus and the Olympian Gods through the eyes of a female that plays a key role, it was a mix of a retelling of the historical myths with a modern-ish reimagining. It is set in the ancient world with the misogynistic atmosphere while utilizing some modern language to make it more accessible. For me, I went into this thinking that it would be more of a fantasy-style reimaging, so I did not mind the alterations of the known “history” to create this story. The reader’s preference in how they prefer a Greek mythology will greatly affect how they much they will enjoy the novel as there are some more accurate-sounding pieces that mix with those that seem out of place. (It is not the best way to describe it, but that is how it read for me.)
Overall, this was an interesting take on the mythology and I am curious to see what happens in the sequel. There are a few twists that set up the future story and I can see how some are dividing, but I do not want to give them away. There is also a romance angle that is a smaller side-plot, which was cute, but even a romance-lover like me, liked that it was not the central story. The novel is on the shorter side as it is less than 300 pages, so it was great to read it in a day. I hope that the sequel continues to build on this story and gives readers, like me, a fantastic read!