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The Flame of Olympus (Pegasus #1)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  3,429 ratings  ·  376 reviews
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
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Aladdin (first published January 1st 2011)
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Searching my way through the Barnes and noble book shelves, I didn't expect to find Pegasus: The flame of Olympus. I was intrigued by the beautiful cover art and what I read from the inside flap. Another thing that caught my attention was the praise from bestseller Rick Rick Riordian. Now I never been fond of authors giving praises to another author, but for some reason I trusted Rick Riordian's praise because I am such a huge fan of his books series and I love Greek and Roman mythology.

Now str
Okay...this is a children's book. It is for people 8 and up. It is not complex. It is not deep. It is not adult fiction. It isn't even YA fiction. It is not as complicated nor as deep as Harry Potter or Percy Jackson. It is perfect for the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grade set.

With that being said, I am an adult and I read it after my 9 year old daughter. I wanted to see what was in it. I don't read many of her books but this one held my attention and I wanted to know what happened. I will read the next
Percy Jackson fans will be happy to learn that there's a new set of Olympians in town. Originally published in the UK, Kate O'Hearn's Pegasus trilogy is coming to the US. Released just last month was the first book, THE FLAME OF OLYMPUS.

Written in the third point of view, the narration flips back and forth between Paelen, a thief god, and Emily, a young New Yorker. Paelen attempted to steal Pegasus' bridle during a battle between the Olympians and Nirads and ended up zapped to present time. Emil
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Pegasus: The Flame of Olympus was such an enjoyable book. It honestly felt more like a middle grade than a young adult, even though every label I could find listed it as young adult. I love Greek/Roman mythology so even from the Prologue I was hooked. Kate did a very good job at taking mythology and putting a very interesting twist on it.

I'm sure most of you know at least some Greek/Roman mythology. This book includes a lot of characters from mythology such as Jupiter, Pegasus, Neptune, Hercules
I was really excited about this book. Like, really excited. But as I am beginning to realize, Pegasus (or unicorns, as the case may be) does not guarantee a good book. (As a side note, I once was really excited for a book about killer unicorns that turned out to be really lame.)
This book totally killed its potential, let’s see, right about the time I read the sentence starting with a dependent clause. Eye twitch. No, actually, I kinda lost interest with the prologue. Like Ranger’s Apprentice, th
Jul 30, 2015 Kelsi_Betsy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves: Horses, Roman/Greek Gods, fantasy, amazing books,adventure,
Recommended to Kelsi_Betsy by: Myself, ;)

'Nuff said'. ;)


Since this book is my 1# favorite book, I believe this books deserves a real review.

I came across this book while skimming the shelves of Barnes & Noble, looking for my next read. The beautiful cover with a horse____ ahem, I mean Pegasus____ on it caught my eye almost instantly. I picked it up and just stared at it. It was the most beautiful cover I'd ever seen. Sadly, though, I didn't take The Flame of Olympus home that night, be
J. A. Owen
Well, I told myself I wasn't going to focus on writing reviews and become this big top reviewer. Eh. I doubt anyone reads my reviews anyway. Today world, you beautiful wonderous group of curious people for wanting to know what else is out there to read that will stimulate the mind with bubbling imagination. With a child's heart and an open mind, I invite you to open the curtains to this hidden beauty. Pegasus: the flame of Olympus. It is a tale as old as the myth itself and a wonderous re tellin ...more
I couldn't get into this one. I gave it a good go and it wasn't thrilling enough for me to keep going. There's nothing wrong with the writing, I just wasn't invested in the characters and didn't feel the need to go on to find out what happens next.
Hayley Hawkins
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I think this book is Amazing! No matter how many times I read it it never gets old!
This is an action packed book filled with fantasy and fiction! Warning: If you pick this book up and start reading it you won't be able to put it down until you've read every single word in the book.

Emily Jacobs is a normal 13 year old girl living in New York. Ever since her mother died she had a feeling that a part of her heart was removed and like she was missing something. Missing her happiness. One day when a
Synopsis: "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 D
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The Story

"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. (p. 33)

One stormy night Pegasus crashes onto the roof of Emily's apartment in New York City. She soon learns that there is a war going on in Olympus and that the gods are being overthrown by the vicious, monstrou
I didn't quite enjoy Pegasus.

I thought it was juvenile, inaccurate with its facts about Olympus and the Olympians, and there was way too much action and talking, not enough self-reflection on any of the characters' parts.

If I had to choose one character that I actually liked, it would be Paelen. I quite admired his character development and quirkiness. His character, if not predictable, was cute.

Other than that? Ehh. Joe was an OK character, but the whole CRU thing chasing them? I really wasnt i
Apr 20, 2014 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: Paula
Shelves: fantasy
I borrowed this book from my 9 year old god-brother, who didn't want to read it because it had a *girrrl* as the main character. (Also, I'm borrowing books from a nine year old?)

If you like Percy Jackson, you'll love Pegasus. This one focused solely on Roman mythology. You have your battle of good vs. evil and the heroine who is more than she knows she is/unknown savior.

Nice, enjoyable read. I think I need to go see what else that 9 year old has on his bookshelf....
I enjoyed this book so much! It was an exciting thrill ride and I was so into it. Very creative take on mythology without shoving it down the readers throat and it did a good job of taking a character and weaving a fun story that was original.
This book started out good and I liked it but then when the CRU got involved it took a darker turn. All the talk about torture to get answers totally turned me off. I couldn't even finish the book as I just didn't want to go any further
Good book. Not as good as Percy Jackson but still a nice read. 3.5 stars
Feb 18, 2015 Ketti rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not-very-well-read-twelve-year-olds
Not bad, but really very unimpressive. I need to stop reading middle-grade books. They constantly disappoint me.
There were several little things that annoyed me, aside from its overall meh-ness. First was that there was too little variation in the "saids." Like, Emily constantly was like, "'words,' she cried." Always "she CRIED." Bleah. Another was that the Roman Immortals, Paelen and Diana, couldn't use contractions. I know that this might be somewhat realistic, but it still got on my nerves.
Julie G
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Up in the sky, look: It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Pegasus!

When Pegasus crashes on Emily's rooftop apartment all chaos breaks loose! The War for Olympus has begun and has taken it's battle to earth. Will Emily be able to help the seriously injured winged horse in time before the evil druids find him? Well, you definitely will find out when you read the entire book!

I liked this one. It was a great getaway if you are ten years old and need something fun and light to read and are a fan of all th
If anybody knows me, they know I am a huge fan of mythology. Whether it be Greco-Roman, Norse or even something from China or Japan, I'm fascinated. That's why one would think I would enjoy this book. But unfortunately, I didn't. Maybe it's unfair of me to compare this with Percy Jackson, but it's very hard not to when there are certain parallels: the fact that it's taking place in New York City, the fact that it opens with a lightning storm and something being stolen from Olympus, the fact that ...more
Lynn Worton
When a severely injured Pegasus crashes on to her roof during a storm, 13-year-old Emily Jacobs cannot believe her eyes. Pegasus has been sent on a quest to find Vesta's Flame. Can Emily help Pegasus with his quest in time to save Olympus from destruction?

This is a fantastic book! From the first page, I was swept into the action.
Olympus has been invaded by a virtually indestructible foe. Pegasus has been given a mission to find Vesta's Flame, but things go awry when Paelen accidentally causes Pe
I would actually\probably give this book 4.5 stars.

There is a war going on between the Olympians and four armed un-stopable Nirads, back at home Emily is watching the worst storm ever. There is a black-out and she hears loud a sound...

'Emily sucked in her breath when the beam of light revealed a huge crack in the ceiling plaster...'

She thinks it is just the garden shed on the roof fallen over, but when a bolt of lightning reveals the flying stallion of legend (Pegasus hates getting called a hors
Melissa Sodano
A great book that leaves me wanting more without any of that cliffhanger nonsense. This story begins when an epic storm hits New York City, putting the city in a state of blackout. Emily, a young girl, is home alone while her police officer father tries to restore the city to its usual state. When a strange lightning strike compels Emily to go to the roof of her building, she discovers Pegasus, injured and immobile in her recently deceased mother's garden. Being a caring child, she wants to help ...more
Mandy Chan
This book is fantastic. When a bright beautiful wing stallion crashes to the roof in the middle of the storm who blacks out New York City, 13 years old Emily life's become's a big part of the legend. While Emily toke care of the stallion from olympics, Pegasus from his wound she also called up her classmate Joel to help out because of his be love of studying myths especially Pegasus. On there long journey to save Olympics from the monstrous Narids that is taking over the world after they finish ...more
Tara Lechanteur
I really enjoyed reading Pegasus and the flame. It was an interesting take on the Roman myths and I will definitely want to read it again.

I did have a few qualms though. One, that it was far too short and so it seemed like the story was hurried in order to finish within a set amount of time. It made the story far less believable since the friendships became so steadfast so quickly despite the characters having issues.

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Gina (My Precious Blog)

The number one reason this book attracted me was the beautiful cover. I'm also a sucker for a good Middle Grade read. This one didn't disappoint, with strong plot lines and a fascinating well developed story. The only pitfall, its written for a younger audience. Writing style is fairly simplistic, its a perfect read for youngsters grades 4 through 8. Adults can enjoy this book, if they don't mind writing which only scratches the surface. Characters were pure, unselfish, determin
I wish I could read this again. Unfortunately, there were 11 reservations on my library's website, so I had to give it up. But I think my first sentence says it all really. Paelen, Emily and Josh are some of my all time favourite characters. This really helped me recover over the time Rick Riordan spent writing his new book House of hades, and, after reading this, I think calling it a disappointment would be an understatement.

However, all though this book's characters were amazing the idea was a
Kim McGee
Just when you think that Rick Riordan has all the kids reading his wonderful multiple series involving Greek mythology comes a new author to pick up the classic baton. Pegasus breathes new life into the old myths and anyone who enjoys a good adventure involving mythological beings will whip through this new series faster than you can say take me away to Mercury's sandals. During a violent thunderstorm in New York City young Emily is alone and dealing with her fears when there is a horrific thump ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Pegasus (5 books)
  • Pegasus and the Fight for Olympus (Pegasus, #2)
  • Pegasus and the New Olympians (Pegasus, #3)
  • Pegasus and the Origins of Olympus (Pegasus, #4)
  • Pegasus and the Rise of the Titans (Pegasus #5)
Pegasus and the Fight for Olympus (Pegasus, #2) Pegasus and the New Olympians (Pegasus, #3) Pegasus and the Origins of Olympus (Pegasus, #4) Kira (Shadow of the Dragon, #1) Valkyrie (Valkyrie, #1)

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“It’s really you, isn’t it?” she whispered softly as she stroked the soft muzzle. “You’re Pegasus, aren’t you? I mean the really real Pegasus.” 8 likes
“The darkness spread like a grape-juice stain on the carpet, as the city was hit with a blackout.” 2 likes
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