Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little corner of the internet. Today is my stop on the TBR and Beyond blog tour for The Immortal Games, a young adult fantasy and adventure novel. I’m towards the end of the blog tour this time around, but you can find a link to the schedule here that will give you a list of links to people’s blogs.
Content Warning: Emotional abuse, battle scenes, up-close death
An exiled goddess goes on a quest to clear her name and save Mount Olympus in Talia Rothschild & A. C. Harvey’s action-packed young adult debut, The Immortal Game!
Galene, daughter of Poseidon, desperately wants to earn her place among the gods. But when a violent attack leaves Mount Olympus in chaos and ruins, she is accused of the crime. Banished from Olympus, Galene sets out to prove her innocence and discovers a more deadly plot—one that threatens even the oldest of Immortals.
Fortunately, she has allies who willingly join her in exile:
A lifelong friend who commands the wind.
A defiant warrior with deadly skill.
A fire-wielder with a hero’s heart.
A mastermind who plays life like a game.
All-out war is knocking at the gates. Galene and her friends are the only ones who can tip the scales toward justice, but their choices could save Olympus from total annihilation, or be the doom of them all.
Rating: 4 stars
Galene as character was a total badass, let’s just get that out there. We all know I’m a fan of a strong female lead, and in this case we have two, both Galene and here best friend, Ilyana. We also see from the perspectives of Kostas and Braxtus, which makes the whole thing more interesting; Galene is a natural underwater with it being her element, but with Braxtus being linked to fire, the whole situation is more uncomfortable for him, for example.
Seeing from four different perspectives also allows us to get a different grip on the situation at hand when we initially encounter Galene’s brother, and everything he has started to build. As we learn later on, he has been lying to her about the scope of it for a long time, so when she arrives hoping to find comfort, she is dismayed, and it starts her on the path she ends up on with her friends.
I’m not always a huge fan of romance in young adult books; it very much depends on how it plays out, and in this one the dice rolled well. Kostas and Galene getting to know each other was absolutely adorable, especially as they slowly become braver and braver, becoming more honest as the pages turn. They’re a very good match; Kostas is incredibly logical and Galene has a quick mind, and they both have an emotional side that allows them to connect.
The character development among the group was really impressive as the book rolled along, and I really did enjoy watching them grow and shift with the sands around them, and especially growing as a group as well as individuals.
I’d easily recommend this to friends that enjoy mythology, fantasy, or adventure.
Top Five Reasons To Read “The Immortal Game”
- Character Growth
Always one of my favourite things to see in any book, especially when it’s among a cast of characters and not just character singular. Here we have a young goddess shaking off the binds of a controlling lover and learning how much more she is without him.
- Gods and Goddesses (and Gorgons, oh my!)
For that matter, the whole ‘gods and goddesses’ thing at all makes this an excellent read. They’ve got powers but they’re not limitless, and they all have their own abilities that come into play.
- I Can Go The Distance
The fact that these goddesses are able to use their powers to cover distance in both air and sea is something that is hugely cool, and the wat they travel back to Mount Olympus? No spoilers, but if you’re a mythology or fantasy fan, you’ll love this.
- Imperfect Parents
As adults we all know our parents aren’t perfect, but to learn that about them as teenagers and when they are all powerful Olympians? That’s an important plot point right there. Which leads me onto…
- Understanding the Enemy Motives
This is always so cool when it happens. You don’t have to be evil to understand why the enermy is behaving in an evil way, especially if it started off well meaning and has been twisted along the way, which is very much the case here. It makes for a far more interesting story.
About the Author
Talia Rothschild, Italian American, is passionate about stories in many forms—music, dance, photography, film and, of course, great novels. She believes in thick hot chocolate and creamer in your tea. When she’s not happily writing, she’s mothering the sweetest baby girl and making memories with her husband.
Ashleigh Harvey is teaching high school physics and bringing her writing dreams to life. English-born and world-traveled, she loves filling her life with new adventures, such as visiting a new country or exploring the Wild West with her husband. She also finds escape in movies, music, literature, and yearly comic conventions.