Published by JIMMY Patterson Books on June 8, 2021
Series: Daughter of Sparta #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Greek & Roman, mythology, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Finished Hardcover from Publisher
Sparta forged her into a deadly weapon. Now the Gods need her to save the world!
Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis—who holds Daphne's brother's fate in her hands—upends the life she's worked so hard to build. Nine mysterious items have been stolen from Mount Olympus and if Daphne cannot find them, the gods' waning powers will fade away, the mortal world will descend into chaos, and her brother's life will be forfeit.
Guided by Artemis's twin-the handsome and entirely-too-self-assured god Apollo-Daphne's journey will take her from the labyrinth of the Minotaur to the riddle-spinning Sphinx of Thebes, team her up with mythological legends such as Theseus and Hippolyta of the Amazons, and pit her against the gods themselves.
A reinterpretation of the classic Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo, Daughter of Sparta by debut author Claire Andrews turns the traditionally male-dominated mythology we know into a heart-pounding and empowering female-led adventure.
Daughter of Sparta is the first book in the young adult mythology based series called the Daughter of Sparta series by debut author Claire M. Andrews. I am so completely impressed that Daughter of Sparta is a debut release because this book was so completely captivating and wonderfully developed. Claire Andrews is an author to keep on your radar, I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I am not sure if it is going to be a duology or a longer series but I loved Daughter of Sparta so much and I already want more!
In Daughter of Sparta, we meet our main character Daphne. Daughter of Sparta is a new reinterpretation of the classic Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo. I will put a super quick blip about what their myth is in case you want to check it out. View Spoiler »Daphne catches the eye of Apollo but instead she spurns his advances until finally she pleads to Poseidon to change her into a Laurel Tree to escape Apollo. « Hide Spoiler Though the players are the same in this story, Apollo and Daphne’s story together is very different. Here Daphne is a fiercely strong warrior. I loved Daphne! I really appreciated who she was and the decisions she made. Because she is so determined, strong and independent sometimes she can also be a little bit stubborn, but Claire Andrews does a fantastic job of making you feel for Daphne regardless of what decisions she is making. I was rooting for her right from the very start! Daphne has a lot to prove because of her family history, so when she is given the opportunity to help rescue the Gods, she doesn’t hesitate to jump right in.
To do this she has to work with Apollo. I loved the journey the two of them went on. The romance was really well done, but not a super heavy front running in the book. The plot and quest took center stage here. In fact, I think the thing I loved most about Daughter of Apollo is that the book was both character driven and plot driven, which is no easy feat to accomplish. But I loved learning about the people and their motivations and driving forces just as much as I loved all of the intricacies of the plot. Daughter of Sparta is a fantastic read that kept me completely engaged from start to finish. I could not put this book down!
Bottom Line: If you are a fan of well done mythology with a focus on great characters and a fast paced, quest based plot that will have you desperately flipping pages to see what happens next, Daughter of Sparta is the perfect next read for you! This book was fantastic!
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