The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter

Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.

Synopsis - 
When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.

Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.

Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus's quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.

On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.

Review - 

​The Sky Throne is a great YA fiction offering that takes Greek and Roman mythology as inspiration to create a fantasy plot full of intrigue.  Each of the main characters are younger versions of those we know as ruling deities in classical literature.

It all begins when Zeus gets kicked out of his school. Then his community is attacked.  He is an orphan left in their care and to protect him, and themselves, they deliver him to MO Prep - an advanced school only the best of the best are invited to.  There he meets classmates who are also orphans. Zeus thrives as he learns how to morph into other creatures, gains strength through training and diet, faces his fear of heights and grows close to his classmates.

The school comes under attack as a teacher and several students go missing.  3 Primal Beings arrive to try to find the answer, and Zeus ends up under heavy suspicion. While the schools goes into lockdown mode, the talented students find a way off campus and travel to hell to bring back the 3 cyclops imprisoned there, hoping these master weapon makers can tip the balance of power in the school's favour.

The plot twists and turns. Some evil foes are evident - others are hidden.  Who to trust becomes a challenge. There are life-threatening fights and frustrated romances.  And the fact the young members of the school are the ones to risk everything to save their way of life will be a sure hit with any YA reader.

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Meet the Author - 

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Chris Ledbetter is an award-winning author of short fiction and novels for young adults. “Jason’s Quest,” a short story retelling of the Jason and Medea Greek myth was published in the anthology, Greek Myths Revisited. His first full-length novel, Drawn earned him two awards, Library of Clean Reads Best YA 2015 and Evernight Publishing Readers’ Choice Award Best YA 2015, as well as a USATODAY “Must Read” recommendation. His second novel, Inked, concludes that duology. The Sky Throne is his newest young adult novel. The second book in the series is set to release in 2018.

He's a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. He now writes and lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.

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