O’Hearn, Kate. Olympus at War. Aladdin, 2013. 389 pages. Hardcover $14.59, ISBN 978-1-44244-412-6; PLB $13.86, ISBN 978-1-53793-453-2; TR $7.69, ISBN 978-1-44244-413-3
TL;DR: Do I recommend this book? Yes
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology Retelling
Part of a series? Yes — The Pegasus Series (this is book 2)
Olympus is in danger…again. The Nirads aren’t finished with Olympus, and every Olympian is braced and waiting for the monsters to return. Emily, however, has even more to worry about — where is her father, and what could the CRU be doing to him? She cannot bear to leave him in their clutches, so she and her friends decide to sneak back to Earth to save him. Unfortunately, Cupid catches a ride with them so as to be far away from Olympus if any Nirads show up. Cupid’s presence means that the group (already in need of camouflaging Pegs’s wings) must work even harder not to attract the attention of the CRU, the evil government agency bent on capturing and dissecting non-Earth beings. This added to the fact that more Nirads have been spotted in the CRU’s facilities makes the stakes higher than ever. Will Emily save her father? Will everyone make it back to Olympus? And will Olympus still be standing if they do?
Critical Evaluation/Reader’s Comments:
This second installment in the Pegasus series delivers on the action once again. Action comes in waves, and the group constantly uses the “Divide and Conquer” approach … one that usually adds more drama and danger than if they had stuck together (kids!). There are a hair too many convenient moments when adults just take these kids-of-indeterminate-age* at their word, but the book is still compelling and keeps readers turning the pages. A hint of romance is introduced in this book as well: Emily has a crush on Cupid, and Joel and Paelen are clearly upset about it (and Cupid’s flirting with Emily).
*We’re told in the first book that Paelen looks sixteen, and in a Paelen point of view chapter, he perceives Joel as being a bit younger than Paelen himself, but ages are never actually specifically discussed. Sometimes the kids seem more like teens, and others they read like middle school students.
Curriculum Ties/Library Use:
I stand by my recommendation from book one: this is a great series for kids looking for more mythological retellings. Percy Jackson fans will enjoy this one.
Grade Level: 5-8
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