MIDDLE GRADE

[BOOK REVIEW] Pegasus and the Flame of Olympus by Kate O’Hearn (Pegasus #1)

I’ve wanted to read a story with Pegasus present for ages now and my hubby bought me this one for Christmas – it was on my wishlist. It didn’t take me long to pick it up and I had it finished within 1,5 days. This was such a fun and fast paced read and I’m glad I can share this book and review with you guys!

A young girl, a winged horse, and a war of epic proportions make for an adventurous start to an exciting new trilogy.

When Pegasus crashes onto a Manhattan roof during a terrible storm, Emily’s life changes forever. Suddenly allied with a winged horse she’d always thought was mythical, Emily is thrust into the center of a fierce battle between the Roman gods and a terrifying race of multiarmed stone warriors called the Nirads. Emily must team up with a thief named Paelen, the goddess Diana, and a boy named Joel in order to return Pegasus to Olympus and rescue the gods from a certain death.

Along the way, Emily and her companions will fight monsters, run from a government agency that is prepared to dissect Pegasus, and even fly above the Manhattan skyline—all as part of a quest to save Olympus before time runs out.

We follow two main characters; Emily (a human girl) and Paelen (an Olympian thief). Both were truly fun to read about seeing they were completely different characters. I love how strong minded Emily is, and how she went above and beyond to keep Pegasus safe and how she tries to keep the Nyriads from destroying the world.

“It’s really you isn’t it?” Emily whispered softly as she stroked the soft muzzle. “You’re Pegasus, aren’t you?” The stallion…nudged her hand, inviting another stroke. In that one rain-drenched instant, Emily felt her world changing. Forever.

Paelen was quite interesting because at first he isn’t your typical good guy, he’s quiet selfish really. which isn’t a particular attractive trait haha, but still I liked him. He was quite the character and quite funny from time to time. And through Paelen we learn so much more about Olympus along the way, which was something I was really curious about beforehand so I gobbled everything up so fast and truly couldn’t get enough of it.

“He flies because he has wings.
I would have thought even you could figure that out for yourself.”

– Paelen

Pegasus was the main reason why I wanted to read this book in the first place because helloooo: who doesn’t think Pegasus is awesome?! Well, I do anyway haha. And I was not disappointed by his presence. I think the author did a great job at portraying this majestic creature the way she did. On his own, he was a truly interesting ‘character’ and then there’s also the forming bond/friendship with Emily that’s developing throughout the book, which was nicely written down.

I Truly cannot wait to see what more adventures these two are going to experience – thankfully book 2 and 3 are on its way as we speak, so I’m able to continue their story very soon!

So yeah, conclusion… It’s been a while since I’ve last read a Middle Grade book and I was thoroughly surprised by how entertaining The Flame of Olympus turned out to be. Sure, in all honesty (I’m always honest btw, but you know… it’s just a phrase haha): you just can’t expect the story to have as much depth compared to most YA and adult fantasy book you know? Keep in mind it’s written as a middle grade book and when I look at it that way (the only way you should really look at it, because it IS a middle grade book) I’m definitely of an opinion that it has quite some depth present, which I wasn’t expecting to be honest. It’s just a really great first book in this new to me series and I’m so excited to find out what more adventures there’ll come for Pegasus and his friends and how the entirety of the series will grow as well, with each new installment that follows after this one.

I’d definitely (and highly) recommend this one to anyone who likes a fantasy/Roman mythology inspired story that’ll sweep you off your feet (almost quite literally even, thanks to Pegasus ;)). An enchanting, thrilling and entertaining, action packed read is guaranteed when you pick up this book, whether you’re 9 years old or 90 years old!

“A winning mix of modern adventure and classic fantasy.”
– Rick Riordan

Thanks for reading!

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