The High Court - Book Review and Giveaway


The High Court was written by Chris Ledbetter. It is the second book in The Sky Throne young adult series. I was given a copy of the book by iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the book:

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High atop Mount Olympus, dawn breaks on a new academic term. Normalcy has returned to campus following a harrowing expedition into The Underworld to rescue kidnapped students by Zeus and his fellow Olympians. Now, as they prepare to testify in The High Court, Hyperion will be tried for the attack on Crete and death of Anytos. Kronos will stand trial for the murder of Mount Olympus Prep’s Headmaster Ouranos.

As the trials draw near, Mount Olympus Prep students and faculty are besieged repeatedly by a race of gargantuan stone and earth giants. Under heavy assault, the Olympians are forced to flee to the volcanic island of Limnos to regroup. Meanwhile, a toxic poison Zeus has carried with him since a prior fight with a dragoness, creeps toward his brain.

In a race against time and beasts, Zeus and his friends must find a way to survive not only the toxin ravaging Zeus’ body, but also the giants who grow stronger after every attack, and somehow make it to the The High Court alive.

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My review:

The origin story of Zeus (and his siblings) continues in the second book of The Sky Throne series. I’m still loving watching as the connections grow among the Greek Gods we all know. As the new characters join it’s so fun to think of who they all end up developing into.

I actually found myself explaining the books to my husband this evening. It was fun to relate how The Sky Throne novel progressed into The High Court. He actually found himself googling Kronos and Rhea and saying “Huh…. parents of the Gods. I didn’t know that.”

I’m just really thinking that if you enjoy the stories of the Greek Gods… you would love the idea of their stories growing into those Gods. Really enjoyable. Fun story. Great writing.

About 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, Drawnearned him two awards, Library of Clean Reads Best YA 2015 and Evernight Publishing Readers’ Choice Award Best YA 2015, as well as a USA TODAY “Must Read” recommendation. His second novel, Inked, concludes that duology. The Sky Throne is his newest young adult series. It includes, thus far, The Sky Throne and The High Court.

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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Prizes: Win 1 of 3 signed copies of The High Court by Chris Ledbetter, 1 winner also gets a $50 gift card (open to USA only / 4 winners total ). Giveaway ends May 7, 2019.