The Immortal Game

by Talia Rothschild and A. C. Harvey

Liz Dresner (Cover Designer)

3.5 of 5 stars 2 ratings • 2 reviews • 5 shelved
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The Immortal Game

by Talia Rothschild and A. C. Harvey

Liz Dresner (Cover Designer)

3.5 of 5 stars 2 ratings • 2 reviews • 5 shelved

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.

  • ISBN10 1250262909
  • ISBN13 9781250262905
  • Publish Date 10 August 2021 (first published 25 May 2021)
  • Publish Status Forthcoming
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint St Martin's Press
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 352
  • Language English

Reviews

Avatar for inkslinger

Inkslinger 3 of 5 stars

​'The Immortal Game' by Talia Rothschild and A.C. Harvey tells the story of Galene, a daughter of Poseidon. When unexpected violence brings death to Mount Olympus, she is exiled for the crime. Separated from the home she loves, Galene's only hope of vindication lies in proving she's not to blame.

 

On a self-imposed mission to clear her name, the goddess discovers a far more sinister plot that threatens all she holds dear and could see even the most powerful Olympians lost. With a group of friends who follow her willingly into exile, she just might stand a chance.

 

This story is basically a classic mythology quest in the vein of the Labours of Hercules. The goddess and her group face a long journey with many trials along the way and it's questionable if all will survive through the end. Somewhat less traditional, it moves a bit more like an Indiana Jones film, whereas it's pretty fast-paced and something is always happening. If they're not trying to escape death or capture, they're trying to work their way through some other challenge.

 

With the possibility of war looming, there are others moving around on the proverbial board as well and that turns the journey into a bit of a race against time. The book was actually a quick read because it was so easy to get invested in the hopeful outcome for the characters and there's always so much going on.. I didn't really want to put it down.

 

Complicated relationships between some of the party members made for some intriguing dynamics. There's so much tension at times it seems the group might just implode and never see the quest to its completion.  

 

Galene is a likeable character and a strong, female protagonist. It was nice to see a truly supportive female friendship, rather than having to watch them try to rise above one another amongst the others. Overall, I was a big fan of Kostas and Braxtus, but the latter especially has a lot of layers to him and I always appreciate a good substory.  

 

I will say, the storytelling itself is a little choppy at times, but I feel like that's because the authors were trying to accomplish so much in a relatively short novel. It also suffers a little from conveniences allowing characters to easily know or learn what they need to in every moment and I felt like I got a bit too much of Kostas main ability, but ultimately these are minor criticisms.  

 

Some of the elements employed, particularly within the magic system were very interesting. I absolutely loved the concept of the Decks of Fates, but I won't go into detail.  

 

There's a ton of adventure and betrayal to be had here, so if you're looking for something that will keep your interest and you have a fondness for the Greek pantheon, this will probably do it. If on the other hand, even something like 'Lore' had too much mythology for your liking, you're going to want to pass. This book is very mythology heavy and that worked great for me.

(I received this title as an ARC, but also purchased a copy. All opinions are mine and freely given.)

Avatar for quirkycat

Quirky Cat 4 of 5 stars

Written by Talia Rothschild and A.C. Harvey, The Immortal Game is a thrilling tale of an exiled goddess and her trials to save those who abandoned her.

Galene is the daughter of Poseidon. She's also an exile of Mount Olympus, and the only way to find her way home and earn her place among the gods is to earn their respect. A task easier said than done.

To do what she aims, she must prove who was truly behind the attack she was blamed for. She has to find the traitor among the gods and do so before they can cause more damage to the home she desperately desires to return to.

"I am the daughter of Poseidon, God of Seas.
I will save my friends. I will clear my name.
I will tame the sea."

Apparently, this month has been a month for Greek Mythology for me! Between this and Ariadne, I had a few good books on the lineup. With that in mind, I thoroughly enjoyed The Immortal Game.

This is a novel that hits on many elements that I am especially fond of when it comes to mythology. The corruption and pain that deities can bring with them. The compulsion to fit in and join them. The need to prove one's worth. It's all there and so much more.

In total, there are four perspectives in The Immortal Game – something that I had not expected. I thought that Galene would take the lead, and that would be that. Yet there are three other characters worth mentioning as well: Iyana (daughter of Zeus), Braxtos (son of Apollo), and Kostas (son of Hermes).

"Everything is a game."

Long story short, I loved all four characters, but I especially love the interactions (and romancE) that budded from their presence. It made The Immortal Game even more fun and thrilling than I had anticipated, and that in itself is pure perfection.

Thanks to Swoon Reads and #XpressoTours for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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