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The Flame of Olympus (Pegasus #1)

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  5,025 Ratings  ·  516 Reviews
A young girl, a winged horse, and an Olympian war make for an adventurous start to an exciting trilogy.

When Pegasus crashes onto a Manhattan roof during a terrible storm, thirteen-year-old 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 terri
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ebook, 352 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Aladdin (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kelsi_Betsy He has black hair, though on the cover of book 4, he has dark brown hair like Emily's, though it's wrong.

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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
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Kelsi_Betsy
Apr 10, 2016 Kelsi_Betsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves: Horses, Roman/Greek Gods, fantasy, amazing books,adventure,
Recommended to Kelsi_Betsy by: Myself, ;)
Better review to come, this book deserves it.

Also, are you a Pegasus fan? This is the group for you!

The Pegasus Series Fanclub.

Anyone who loves Pegasus may join. :)

Also, please sign this petition so the Pegasus Series can be made into a movie!!
Amy
Apr 03, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-book
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
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Liviania
Jun 12, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Brenna
Aug 28, 2012 Brenna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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I read this book a while ago and it was pretty good.
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Justin
May 19, 2012 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Thenamenerd
EDIT: Review here!

I came into this book expecting it to be either mediocre or bad. It's somewhere in between the two.

This is yet another mediocre Percy Jackson cash-in series involving Roman mythology. Sorry to rain on your parade, Kate O'Hearn, but Uncle Rick beat you to it with The Heroes of Olympus series. Oh wait! This book doesn't even deserve to be compared to the epicness that is Heroes of Olympus.

Let's start with characters.
Emily - Emily is our protagonist. Her main personality trait is
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J. A. Owen
Sep 22, 2014 J. A. Owen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Angie
Mar 03, 2014 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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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Rebecca McNutt
The first book in the Pegasus series, The Flame of Olympus, is a phenomenal beginning. Featuring unforgettable characters and lyrical descriptions, this book is really an excellent fantasy novel.
Sam
Aug 21, 2013 Sam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
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.
Anna
Love it! I love Pegasus! And I love Emily's sweet,determined character.The author makes each character Unique and helpful to the book. LOVE IT! Please read!!!
Hayley Hawkins
May 14, 2014 Hayley Hawkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Kacey
Apr 28, 2014 Kacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Alisal
Oct 13, 2015 Alisal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lynn Worton
Mar 22, 2012 Lynn Worton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amanda Reed
Aug 12, 2016 Amanda Reed rated it really liked it  ·  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....
Jenn
Jan 20, 2014 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Liza Nahas
This is for any young reader who loves Greek myths or liked Percy Jackson. It moves along fairly quickly, but I would have liked a little more depth of character. It was good enough to make me want to read another one.
JPR™
Aug 14, 2012 JPR™ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
Good book. Not as good as Percy Jackson but still a nice read. 3.5 stars
Gyujin Lee
You guys have to read this book.. Its so amazing!!!!!!!!
Julie G
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Mandy Chan
Oct 28, 2012 Mandy Chan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lauren
Nov 04, 2013 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Gina (My Precious Blog)
INITIAL THOUGHTS:

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
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Melissa Sodano
Feb 18, 2013 Melissa Sodano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children
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
Sydney R
The Flame Of Olympus was a page turner I could not get enough of it. The Flame Of Olympus was about a girl named Emily, Pegasus who falls from Olympus and onto her building, Joel the boy who helps Emily save Pegasus, Paelen a theif from Olympus who fell with Pegasus, and Dianna who helped them save Pegasus and Emily. When Emily found Pegasus on her building she could not beleive it. When she did she asked a troubled kid from her school Joel to help, overtime Joel and Emily became great friends. ...more
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She started her career in the fashion industry, spending several years working in the showroom of a large accessory firm in New York, then top management at the Calvin Klein corporation and then to Oleg Cassini in Toronto Canada.
From there she moved into film and television and finally into writing books.

"There is a wonderful song that I feel best describes me … “I was born under a wandering star
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Other Books in the Series

Pegasus (6 books)
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  • Pegasus and the New Olympians (Pegasus, #3)
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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.” 18 likes
“The darkness spread like a grape-juice stain on the carpet, as the city was hit with a blackout.” 8 likes
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