Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Review: The Immortal Game by Talia Rothschild and A.C. Harvey with Giveaway


The Immortal Game
by Talia Rothschild & A.C. Harvey
Swoon Reads
May 25th 2021
Ya Fantasy


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.

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Excitement and tension roll from scene to scene, making this a read which is hard to put down.

Galene needs to pass her trial if she wants to rise to the ranks of a goddess, but unlike everyone in the trials before, as the daughter of Poseidon, she is required to take them three years before the usual age. When she ends up facing an impossible beast, it's not only unsurprising that she fails, but there's reason to believe that she's been set up. But that is the least of her worries as monsters break out, threaten Olympus, and everyone believes she is to blame. Someone is out to get her, but soon she realizes, that it's about more than just her. 

When I picked this one up, I really hoped it'd take a fresh twist on Olympus and the gods...and it definitely did. While Zeus and all the other gods were their usual, over-bearing selves, this book steers away from them, for the most part, and heads off on an exciting adventure, which leaves the gods a little more in the shadows. Galene and her friends were easy to root for as they stand by each other from the beginning until the end. Well, mostly. There are some amazing secrets and more than a little well-woven intrigue, which also surprises along the way. But it's exactly these twists and turns, which kept it exciting.

Monster, battles, impossible hurdles and action mark every page as Galene and her group try their best to do what only the strongest gods can do. There's a lot of girl power, but not only. Galene might be strong, but she needs to rely on the others as well. Each of her friends has their strengths and, what I really enjoyed, not every weakness was really a negative. Each character has their own quirks and personalities, and each one is easy to love or dislike. It was fun getting to know them, and the author does a good job at letting each one gain some depth.

And there's romance. Luckily, it's not an instant one but takes a little time to build. Trust has to be earned, and with everything else going on, romance isn't really at the forefront of Galene's mind. 

This was a fun read, which grabbed me more than I thought it would.

Author Bio:

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.

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1 comment:

Giselle said...

This sounds like a fun thrill ride! Happy you liked it! :)