The High Court Book Review and Giveaway

My daughter loves mythology and fantasy themed novels--and enjoyed The Sky Throne when we read and reviewed it a couple of years ago.  Recently, I had the opportunity to read and review The High Court from The Sky Throne series by Chris Ledbetter.  What did I think of The High Court?

Book Title: The High Court by Chris Ledbetter
Category: YA Fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Fantasy

About the Book

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.

My Review

The High Court Offers New Characters, Connections, Adventures, and Questions.  In keeping with the series, this book will not disappoint young adult readers (or older adult readers) with interest in mythology.  The author continues to grow his series with some familiar characters from the first book, some new characters, and character connections.  Readers will follow the characters through new adventures that bring new resolutions but still leave readers with questions for the next (?) installment of the series.

The High Court Required Reader Patience for a While.  I had a tough time settling into this book for quite a few pages.  It had been a while (almost two years) since I read the first book in the series.    I wasn't sure if I was struggling to fall into sync with the characters because I was also trying to remember some of the connections and previous storylines--but, it took a while for me to settle into the novel's flow and pacing.  Once I "reconnected" myself to the series--and the plot picked up steam--I enjoyed this novel as much as the first.

Would I recommend The High Court by Chris Ledbetter?
The High Court could be a standalone novel--but, I think it is genuinely best read as part of the series.  I also think readers are better suited to read the first two books a bit closer together in timing than I did!   The novel is a little slow to start--but, once the pieces come together--the scenes begin to build into a wonderful addition to the series. Mythology fans will love it--and the novel gives those of us who may have forgotten some of our myths an opportunity to make some connections in a unique and entertaining way.

To read more reviews, please visit Chris Ledbetter's page of iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author

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 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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