Title: The Immortal Game
Authors: Talia Rothschild & A.C. Harvey
Publication: May 25th, 2021 by Swoon Reads
Genre: YA Fantasy
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.
I would like to thank TBR and Beyond Tours as well as the author and publisher for review copy. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Fast-paced and action-packed, The Immortal Game takes its readers to the classic feels of reading Ancient Greek tales full of quests, mythological creatures, and monsters. Fans of Greek mythology will enjoy this novel.
The story followed, Galene, daughter of Poseidon, who was exiled after she failed her Immortality Trial and was framed for the destruction of Olympus. To clear her name, she and her friends went to a quest on retrieving a mythical instrument to stop an insurgency who wanted to see the fall of the gods.
Plotwise, the story was interesting and I especially liked the quest parts. The story was also told in multiple POVs. I did not find any issue in this since I actually enjoy reading them. It has a light romance which surprisingly I actually enjoyed since I am not a fan of romance at all. The twist at the end, even it was quite predictable, was good, too.
On the other hand, the characters needed to be fleshed out more in my opinion. I could only see the surface traits of each character, but their interior still needed to be delved more. The main protagonist, Galene, was really likeable. She was loyal and determined. I liked her strong friendship with Iyana. The character dynamics were entertaining, too.
Overall, if you’re looking for a quick yet fun read, I recommend The Immortal Game.
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.
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