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    Compelling & enjoyable mix of fantasy & mythology

    David Hair has created a wonderfully engaging story that provides the reader with the perfect marriage of Greek mythology and fantasy. Once you get going, you will NOT want to put this one down! Athena’s Champion took a little bit for me to get into but once I was…amazing! I think a lot of writers tease about incorporating mythology into fantasy but it never turns out the way you expect. Hair has proven that there is a right way to get it one and I couldn’t be happier. I, personally, look forward to continuing this series and will be looking for other works by the author. I received this copy from NetGalley and the publisher to read and provide my honest opinions.
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    And Thus Begins the Tale of Odysseus!

    I’m a well know lover of the mythology and all things greek and roman, so when I first saw the cover of this book as well as the name my attention was caught! As I read the book and followed as Odysseys early life as Athena’s Champion, it kept being caught until I was crying at the epilogue! And now here I am, waiting anxiously for the next book of the trilogy because David’s and Cath’s writing got me hooked and I need more! Their writting style is great, and as someone who isn't as great with old english usually used on this story, I loved how they created the worldbuiling and wrote in a bit more current! Or this is just me getting used to it! I would like to thank Netgalley for letting me read this book, as I don’t know if I would have ever found it here where I live! And I recommend it for who likes retelling of myths and all that! 5/5 stars!
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    Historical Fantasy at its finest

    Continuing on my historical fantasy kick, on the heels of Son of Zeus I now have fellow god-titled novel Athena’s Champion.After professing my love for Heracles in the earlier review, this follows the early exploits of another favourite, Odysseus. For those who’ve read the Iliad and the Odyssey, or those who haven’t, some scholars believe the two stories to be social parables, detailing change in Greek society, and their argument is not without merit. Having read Athena’s Champion, the author also echoes some of those changes. . We meet a young Odysseus, on the day when his fate will be announced by the oracle. Needless to say, it does not go according to plan, and Odysseus is forced to leave his home of Ithaca for the wide world beyond - and boy are his eyes opened. The times are changing. Some of the heroes of old are still kicking around, and they do not meet the standards of our young hero. We meet Theseus, for example, who is strong and brave, but also a drunkard, brutish and quick to anger, acting first and thinking later. Odysseus, on the other hand, Is short (by heroic standards), quick-witted and asks questions incessantly, much to the ire of the old minotaur slayer. This is no biography though. There is a plot here, and a fine one at that. In the vein of social change, the gods are at war too. Having maintained a tenuous alliance for millenia (or so), Zeus is making a power play for sole rulership of Olympus. Needless to say, the other gods take umbrage and fight back. With Zeus looking to consolidate his power (by gaining worshippers), the other gods fear they will fade away into non-existence like the gods of old. But the gods cannot interact with humans directly, hence they need us pesky mortals to do their dirty work on earth. Odysseus receives his patronage from Athena, which comes with heightened senses and skills, faster healing and so forth, but he’s still young, and takes a few beatings from the more experienced theloi (god-blessed)along the way. However,his smarts keep him alive and kicking, and our hero starts on the journey that will lead him to his famous Odyssey, which I’ve only mentioned about 30 times. Earlier I mentioned Son of Zeus,and this is very different in tone, far less dark, but also vaster in scope. The characters are great, from Odysseus and boorish Theseus, to the gods who are just as petty and cruel as the old Hercules TV show claimed. Even the future battle of Troy is set up as far more than an angry cuckold trying to maintain his ego. I really enjoyed this,and I’ve had some time to mull it over before I wrote this review. I’ve got to say, if I hadn’t already written my top 10 of 2018, this would definitely have made it. An epic 5/5 stars.
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