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The Sky Throne

(The Sky Throne #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.

When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.

Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-heart
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 17th 2017 by Month9Books
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Chris Ledbetter Thank you for your question.
It's officially classified as YA, but I'd say it's probably suitable for aged 13+.
Riordan fans would love, I'm certain.…more
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It's officially classified as YA, but I'd say it's probably suitable for aged 13+.
Riordan fans would love, I'm certain.(less)
Chris Ledbetter Nice question!!!
And YES, absolutely this can be listed as a murder mystery! A murder is central to the story's twists and turns.

Thank you for the ques…more
Nice question!!!
And YES, absolutely this can be listed as a murder mystery! A murder is central to the story's twists and turns.

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Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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I’VE ALWAYS BEEN fond of Greek mythology. Yet, in all my years of getting lost in the myths and teachings of ancient Greece, I suddenly realized I know very little about the origins of Zeus. The Sky Throne, by Chris Ledbetter, has definitely offered an interesting retelling to fill in this gap in my knowledge. It is an adventurous, coming of age story of an adolescent Zeus and his journey to ascend to the Sky Throne and become king of t
I don't usually compare books but  think of Harry Potter being Zeus and going to school with gods and goddesses from Greek Mythology, then you've got a great idea what this brilliant story is about! Filled with teenage angst, turmoil and drama, it portrays how the prankster son of a renowned goat farmer gets expelled from school, sneaks out to a party to meet a girl he likes, gets caught and then his family is attacked by the Elder deity, Hyperion. Zeus accidentally deflects an arrow with his sh ...more
Tracy Clark
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book deserves to be right up there with Percy Jackson! Fans of Greek mythology will sink their teeth into this Zeus coming of age tale. Here's what's awesome though, you don't have to be a Greek-geek :) to get thoroughly immersed in this story. Admittedly, I wasn't. This author changed that. Though Ledbetter's clear knowledge of and love for the topic shines through enough to create a deep appreciation for it in me--so much so that I can't wait for the next book!

I'm a fan of a story told we
Kim Harnes
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Chris Ledbetter weaves an action-packed mythological tale in his newest book The Sky Throne. Anyone who knows anything about Greek myths knows the main character Zeus is destined for greatness. What you might not know about him, though, are his insecurities. His needing to belong. His rocky past.

His attraction to beautiful girls.

Not that anyone can blame him when he's surrounded by a gaggle of gorgeous goddesses.

Combine this "coming-of-deity" story with rival schools, hot-headed competition, te
Zachary Flye
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

Protagonist: Zeus, supreme ruler of the gods, started out as a prankster mortal, or at least that's how this story goes. After an attack on his family, Zeus learns some harsh truths about his life, and the only way he can be safe is by going to Mount Olympus Prep. There he hopes to discover more about who he is and why his family was attacked. Gah, I feel that this author did a spectacular job at showing off a young Zeus. I mean, don't get me wrong, in mythology Zeus isn't a hero, in fact
Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
*Review posted on Page Turners Blog on 4/18/2017*
4.5 stars

WOW! What a thrill ride! Like most of us, I am familiar with Greek mythology from middle school and of course, from the Percy Jackson series. So, I'm a little familiar with the basic characters involved, and I do remember most of the stories, but the details may be a little sketchy. It doesn't matter how familiar (or not) you are with Greek mythology, Chris' story plunges you into the world of Zeus (or Spruce as Poseidon calls him --
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I have read from this author. The second time around was easier. What I mean by this is that I was able to jump right into this story with ease; everything from the storyline to the characters drew me in. Young readers to adults will enjoy this book and you don't have to be into mythology.

Zeus is the perfect lead character. I like that this story features Zeus and the rest of the characters as young teens. Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia is an interesting school. You
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Sky Throne captured my attention from the very beginning and was a quick read. It is the story of Zeus's early years. He finds out that his mother is not really his mother but more of a caretaker to keep him safe from his true father. When Hyperion comes looking for him, his best friend is killed and his "mother" is injured. This changes his life forever. He's immediately taken t
Rebecca Stalnaker
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a fresh, unique tale about Zeus and the other Greek Gods! I am looking forward to more of these stories! To see my full review, check out my blog post at Book Review Becca! ...more
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
This is my first time to read a retelling of Zeus and the Olympians. Most of us are familiar with the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan which this book reminds me of. There are similarities and differences between this book and that of Rick Riordan's. They can be compared as they are both retellings and the hero in both books is unsure and does not know what to do at the start. But then, they later on became what they are meant to be. One difference in the stories is that in this one, it does ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was volunteering in the young adult section of my town's public library when I saw this book. Once I read the summary and realized that it based on the Greek Gods, I just had to grab it. I've been a huge fan of greek mythology since middle school.

At first, the book was a tiny bit confusing, but I easily caught on. Based on teenagers greek gods going to a special school and becoming friends. They went on a pretty wild, but awesome mission, and the ending blew my mind. I even teared up, don't wo
Liz Crowe
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper
I am blown away by the sheer magnitude of the task Mr. Ledbetter set himself for this novel: To create a Harry-Potter-style school for Greek gods, a la Rick Riordan and his Percy Jackson series BUT (but!) to allow us to see a young Zeus as awkward with girls (!) like any typical teenaged boy, one of the many characteristics that endows him with a sort of humanity that is rarely portrayed in Greek mythology. He also twists the "known myth" of Zeus's parentage in a way that turns the whole thing i ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
You don't need to be a fan of Greek Mythology to enjoy this story. However, if you are, you're in a for a real treat!

Jessica Bronder
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A young Zeus attends Eastern Crete Lower Academy and likes to pull pranks with his friend, Anytos. But one day an Older Diety, Hyperion, sets out to destroy him per a prophecy has foretold. Although Zeus escapes, Anytos is killed and his mother is injured. Zeus is hurting from his loss but is sent to Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia. From there Zeus has an adventure coming into his role as the leader of the gods and goddesses.

I really enjoy mythology stories and couldn’t wait to read The Sky
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“The Sky Throne” by Chris Ledbetter reconfigures the Greek gods and goddesses as teens: passionate, flawed, independent, rebellious, and emotional risk-takers. Protagonist Zeus knows he won’t be a goat herder like his mother, Amalthea, but at school on the island of Crete, he is not serious about studies and instead pulls enough pranks to get him and his best friend, Anytos, expelled. Worse, when an Elder Deity, Hyperion suddenly appears, questing after a prophecy from the Oracles, he and his cr ...more
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter is a re-imagining of Greek mythology unlike any other. A teenage Zeus attends the academy of Eastern Crete with his friend Anytos. A rough day at school gets the pair tossed out due to Zeus’ mischievousness. The next day, the sun greets the pair. Literally. Hyperion descends with the sun chariot, demanding 'the orphan boy’. The ensuing scuffle leaves Anytos dead, and Zeus’ ma, Amalthea, gravely injured. Zeus is whisked away, to Mount Olympus Prep in order to be ...more
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review.
I haven't been on a blog tour in so long, it's weirddd. How do I format things again?

Honestly, I'm starting to trust Chris Ledbetter's ideas because all of the books I've come across/read that are by him all have one thing in common: they're different, they're unique and they refres
Tonja Drecker
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Zeus and mythology collides with modern day teenage spice to create a fast-paced and engaging read.

Zeus isn't exactly an ideal student, gets kicked out of school thanks to his row of pranks and is faced with house arrest and goat tending as a punishment when he gets home. After sneaking out one night to attend a bonfire, he returns to an unexpected attack by an Elder deity, Hyperion, which leaves his best friend dead and his mother injured. Still fighting grief, he learns that the deity was actu
Marilyn Wilson
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
​The Sky Throne is a great YA fiction offering that takes Greek and Roman mythology as inspiration to create a fantasy plot full of intrigue. Each of the main characters are younger versions of those we know as ruling deities in classical literature.

It all begins when Zeus gets kicked out of his school. Then his community is attacked. He is an orphan left in their care and to protect him, and themselves, they deliver him to MO Prep - an advanced school only the best of the best are invited to. T
Laura Thomas
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I’ve often enjoyed reading books about Greek mythology, whether fiction or non. When I came across The Sky Throne, the idea of a coming of age story about Zeus sounded like fun.

The author ‘s knowledge and research were very apparent and helped refresh my rusty memory on key players and secondary ones, while also spinning his own tales, changing things up and making this even more fun.

There’s some romance. Zeus really does like the ladies. At one point I feared a love triangle. Not a fan of thoug
Angela Thompson
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful Greek mythology retelling for a YA audience. My youngest daughter loves mythology/fantasy books such as this one. At first, I doubted that the book could be that much different than so many of the other Greek God-to-modern-adventure-retellings I have read over the years with her. (This genre is clearly her favorite.) I was pleasantly surprised. The author does a wonderful job blending the ancient, mythological world with a modern world to which the young adult audience will relate and ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I LOVE Greek history (well all history in general) and this book had all of my favourite Greek Gods but from a whole new view-point - before they became the Gods that grace the pages of history books and classes.

The story focuses around Zeus who is a light-hearted prankster who yearns for more than the life of taking care of sheep that he is leading. He is such a funny sweet young man who it is almost hard to imagine in the beginning that this young man will become the great Zeus. It is when his
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I always have time for Greek Mythology based fiction and school based stories. So when I saw this was a cross of the two, I couldn't resist getting my hands on it. And the book cover doesn't hurt the eyes either. I sometimes take into consideration the cover so it has to appeal to my senses.

This book, as much as it was a bit predictable, was engrossing because of the mystery Zeus tries to solve. I have to say young Zeus is very interesting. His fight to fit in, his flirting with girls, his trial
David Watson
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Zeus felt like he didn’t belong, it’s like he was invisible at school and the only thing he had to look forward to was taking over his mother’s goat farm . He was a student at Eastern Crete Lower Academy but he found school boring so he spent his time pulling pranks with his best friend. Life changes quickly though as Hyperion attacks his home, now his best friend is left for dead and Zeus is left with the knowledge that the woman raising him is not his real mother.

Now Zeus is being taken away t
Marilyn Almodóvar
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chris Ledbetter, author of Drawn and Inked, Caenus and the Quiver of Artemis, is one of those authors that are in the insta-buy category. His world building is so precise and his characters are so tri-dimensional that there’s no hesitation when I hear he’s got a new book out.
The Sky Throne, his latest book, doesn’t disappoint. In fact it has filled, quite well, the need to read more books which not only revisit The Greeks, but re-make their stories into new and exciting ones.

Action packed -chec
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely not my ‘norm’ genre to read, but my 11 year old is currently obsessed with Greek mythology books and Rick Riordan so I thought I would give it a go – maybe something we could bond over.

Boy, will we!

I finished this book in less than 24 hours. Again – this is not my ‘norm’ genre – but it was too good to set down!

I know minimal of Greek mythology so I walked into this book blind, but the action and the story line and the mystery that lurked were all entwined so magically and so b
A Holland Reads
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a new way of looking at Zeus from what we have always known. No one thinks of him as a fiesty young boy. I liked this new version and thought it was a good way to get kids interested in Greek Mythology. Then you have some added mystery that you are trying to solve along side Zeus. I felt as if the author did a good job of pulling you into this story at the very beginning. His writing style was also nice as the book moved right along. This will be a good book for your young adult.
Chris Jackson
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Chris Ledbetter is a new author to me. His storytelling is nice and well written. I enjoyed his book “The Sky Throne” a fantasy and mythology book. It tells a story about a young Zeus and somewhat of how he comes to be a Geek God.
Will Zeus and his classmates find out what they are to do? The adventures they take are thrilling. Don is short for “Poseidon”. Is this book to tell the story of ancient Greek or is it more geared towards Modern? You will have to read the boo
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