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Athena's Champion

(Olympus Trilogy #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  71 reviews
The first in a thrilling new historical fantasy series; Odysseus must embrace his secret heritage and outwit the vengeful Gods who would control or destroy him…

Prince Odysseus of Ithaca is about to have his world torn apart. He’s travelled to the oracle at Pytho to be anointed as heir to his island kingdom; but instead the Pythia reveals a terrible secret, one that tears d
Published November 8th 2018 by Canelo
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

Actual rating: 4.5⭐

I was given an ARC of the second book in this series and thought that, just maybe, I should read the first book before giving the 2nd one a go. And man, was I glad that I did!!! Holy crap, I love this book! I have always been a fan of Greek mythology, The Iliad and The Odyssey, but rarely have a read a take on these legendary stories that impressed me as much as this one!

"If the facts change, Odysseus, a wise man changes
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun prequel to the Iliad and the Odyssey, portraying a life of Odysseus as a young man and forging new heroic adventures to creatively fill in gaps in his backstory. Without the poetry and voice of Homer eerily reaching to you across the millennia, the many recastings of his plots over the centuries have had to fly with either by some revitalization of the plot, by digging deeper into the character of the players of the stories, or by dwelling longer in the pathos of their tragedies an ...more
Finitha Jose
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Odysseus was never one of my favourite heroes in Greek mythology partly because I sided with Troy and Hector in the epic battle of Troy. Yes, not even Brad Pitt as Achilles could change my loyalties in this regard. Since Odysseus had more than paid up for his treachery and the fact that he never wanted to be a part of the Trojan war in the first place had favoured him to me a bit. And Tennyson's poem invoking him as a tireless fighter who is intended to live life to the lees only accentuates thi ...more
Adah Udechukwu
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Athena's Champion was really, really interesting. Thanks to the novel I now know about Theioi and the politics of Greek gods ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
What a thrilling read ATHENA'S CHAMPION was. Odysseus has long been a favorite hero of mine and when I saw this book and read the blurb did I just knew that I had to read the book. The book is action filled and I love how David Hair and Cath May right from the start make Odysseus life miserable. Well, that sounds bad, but just think about his little trip home from Troy that lasted a little longer than expected. Odysseus discovery about his heritage at the beginning of the book and all the obstac ...more
Aug 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and Saga Egmont Audio for this advance listener copy in exchange for my honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a great depiction of the adventures of Odysseus. The story behind with our hero, Odysseus finding out that he is a bastard and King Laertes is not his true father. This leads to him falling from grace and seeking sanctuary with the Goddess Athena. We are then told the tale of Odysseus entering Hades realm in search of Theseus and the kidnapped Helen of S
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David Hair and Cath Mayo’s Athena’s Champion should come with a disclaimer. I don’t want to put too fine a point on it, but something to like “Warning: This novel is impossible to put down, will very likely leave the reader breathless, and is not recommended for those with conditions that may be aggravated by fast-paced adventure” would be great.

One might think a story about Odysseus would be hard to breathe new life into, b
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Athena’s Champion tells the story of Odysseus as a young man. Think of this book as a prequel to the infamous Iliad by Homer. Its obvious that the authors did their research as they told of the events and arguments amongst the Gods that lead up to the Trojan War.

This book expands on the idea in Greek mythology that the Gods and Goddesses constantly meddled in the lives of mortals, and used them as pawns, to win favor with Zeus, start wars, gain worshippers, etc.

The writing style was very direct
Aug 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, arcs
First off - Why did ancient civilians not understand that going to get a prophecy from the oracle is NEVER A GOOD THING. Come on people, learn that valuable lesson. Nothing good will ever come from knowing your fate.


Athena’s Champion is a prequel retelling of Odysseus’ past before we all knew and loved him as the famed person he would later become. It all starts after an oracle’s prophecy proclaims him as a champion of the goddess Athena, and as such, makes him a target for the discontented.


Carmina Valdizán
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book I deeply enjoyed, it has a mix of Greek Mythology and Fantasy. The authors created a plausible young Odysseus, it doesn’t feel out of place or character. Its Odysseus through and through, and for me that adds a lot of value to the story.

Odysseus is a theios, “god-touched” awakened by Athena that offered him her protection. He was sceptic about the gods to later discover they were real and mankind is at their mercy. He’s also portrayed as idealistic, I would like to highlight his
Kristin Sledge
Aug 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an AudioARC in exchange for an honest review.

Athena's Champion is a prequel telling of Odysseus' past before he became the household name he would later be. Tapped as a Champion of Athena after an oracle's prophecy details not only his future, but everything he knows about himself. When the prophecy paints a large target on his back, will he be able to fly under the radar to stay alive? Or will his quest sending him into the underworld become a perman
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Thank you NetGalley and the Publisher for providing a free copy of the audiobook in exchange of a honest review.

Unfortunately, Athena’s Champion was not the book for me, but I think this is more an “it is me, not you” situation. And I believe it’s time to face it: I am not so fond of Greek mythology and therefore, of its retellings. While I am familiar with basic facts of Greek gods and goddesses along with its heroes and I know the general outline of The Od
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Odysseus. It starts when he is a young prince getting ready to go before the oracle at Pytho. He wants nothing more than to rule Ithaca one day just like his father. His life will be turned upside down after hearing the oracle. He will be marked for death. He will be hunted.

I really enjoyed this book. I haven't read any Greek mythology in a while, so this was a nice change of pace. I loved some of the characters, and absolutely hated some others. Reading about how the women
Kari Marie
Thank you to NetGalley and Canelo publishing for a free copy. This is an honest review.

I love mythology so I was excited to read this. I didn't even read the description. This was well written. I just had Odysseus so I really didn't like this book. I wanted to but its about a character I dislike.
Shalini | Book Rambler
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love reading about Greek mythology. One recent read of mine was based on Greek mythology: Circe.

Athena's Champion is a beautifully written story of Prince Odysseus. Odysseus's life took a turn for the worse after visiting the oracle at Pytho. Note, that you will be angry at many places, reading about the vile treatment of women under the rule of gods. The book shows scenarios and dialogues that are eerily similar to today's realities.

Athena's Champion was a great historical fantasy read. I l
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely adore Greek mythology, so when I saw this book I knew that I just had to read it. I’ve read quite a few mythology inspired books, but most of them have been set in the modern world. Now I don’t mind that at all, but there’s just something magical about ancient Greece, that those books don’t capture in the same ways (that doesn’t make the other books any less magical, it’s just nice to m
Lora Milton
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
First book in the Olympus Trilogy.

This is written in present tense. I can see why in the first chapter. It gives it an ethereal, mystical past feeling and as it follows some known mythology, it could have made a good start to the story if it hadn't carried on in present tense throughout.

As that's what it did, it reads rather slow. The story itself is interesting so I persevered, but by 18% it was becoming a real chore.

I'm not sure how closely it follows the actual mythology as I'm not that fami
Jessica Marie (ACOFAEJessica)
I really enjoyed this story. You're roped in immediately. If you're a fan of Madeline Miller and her work with "Song of Achilles" and "Circe," then "Athena's Champion" is right up your ally. Fans of Greek Mythology will enjoy this too even if you haven't read the other books. Any time there is mention of other Greek gods that we've become familiar with over the years of exposure, gives some excitement. Maybe that's just me? Always love when I know a reference. Feels like I'm in on the whole worl ...more
Aug 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an eARC of this audiobook from Netgalley. All opinions are my own!

Odysseus is about to have his world torn to pieces and thrown upside down, but along the way, can he find not only allies but also his true self?

As someone who loves Greek mythology but has little patience for reading them in their original form, this book was just what I needed! It took such a classic story and turned it into something that I simply couldn't stop listening to. I found myself finally undaunted by Odysse
Vandana ▪️ Whats on my bookshelf
For some time now I have been looking to sink myself in a good Greek Mythology book  (I chanced upon Circe late but I do want to read it)and that's when I chanced upon Athena's Champion. The blurb looked interesting and when I began reading I was glad I made the right choice.

The opening sequence is dramatic and makes for a good movie screenplay. I don't know why but I always imagine scenes in a book playing out like a movie. Do you guys do that? Anyhoo back to the plot, Odysseus, prince of Ithac
Ashley Ng
Finally finished this book!

I'll admit that I didn't like this book, mainly because it is so different from the Greek myths that I learn from Uncle Rick's books, and you could say that I'm pretty stubborn.

Of course, there are other reasons that I have this book a 3 star.
One of this, is because this book requires a lot of concentration.

Usually, I could listen rock music while reading, but for this book, I needed classical music or even total silence.
The second reason is because I didn't really li
Quintin Zimmermann
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
This first instalment of David Hair's classic Greek historical fantasy series has received some rave initial reviews.

Unfortunately, this reviewer was not too enamoured with Hair's writing style and I had great difficulty being engaged in the story.

In particular, I just couldn't appreciate the novel being written from the first-person perspective - so instead of being brought into the unfolding plot, I felt detached and removed.

Athena's Champion simply wasn't my cup of ambrosia...
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Prince Odysseus of Ithaca travels with his family to Pythos to be anointed as his father’s successor. It was supposed to be simple and straightforward. However, the words that leave the Pythia’s mouth turn his world upside down, estrange his parents, and result in his expulsion from the family and his home. Now on the run to stay alive (as his line is destined for death), he ends up being blessed by Athena, becoming her newest champion and putting him in the middle of a brewing war between the g ...more
Al Burke
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finally, here's the review - ...more
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I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Canelo, and the authors via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Prince Odysseus of Ithaca is about to have his world torn apart. He’s travelled to the oracle at Pytho to be anointed as heir to his island kingdom; but instead the Pythia reveals a terrible secret, one that tears down every pillar of his life, and marks him out for deat
Lel Budge
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Prince Odysseus of Ithaca, with the flaming red hair, visits the Pythia Oracle, who also happens to be his Grandmother, to be anointed as the heir to his Father’s kingdom.

BUT, an astonishing revelation is made and Odysseus is cast out, and an Assassin is sent after him. He is mortally wounded, but the Goddess Athena saves him and he becomes part of a secret war between the Gods of Olympus.

He is trained by Bria and Theseus but has to rely on his own skill and wits to survive.

This is a thrilling f
S.J. Higbee
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Odysseus staggers away from this rite of passage an outcast, when he was expecting it to be part of his preparation and training for ruling Ithaca, a small rocky island off the Greek mainland. So he is out of options when Athena appears and offers to provide him with sanctuary, in return for his service. I’ve always had a soft spot for poor old Odysseus, whose – like Heracles – pays a high price for serving the gods, becoming entangled in the Trojan War and then taking ten long years to return h ...more
Jan 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Where to start with this one…With Athena and Odysseus being some of my favourite characters in Greek mythology, I’m always excited to check out novels about them. The drawback is that the characterisation has to be spot-on, which is trickier to find.

The writing style isn’t exactly my cup of tea, and I can’t really find myself in the characterisation of both well-known and new characters. I thought about stopping, but since I can be a bit of a spite-reader at times, I sat it through, and surprisi
Sarah Z
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The novel actually started off a bit slow for me and I put it down for a month or 2. Not wanting to leave it unfinished, I picked it up again and was pleasantly surprised how the story picked up after a 100 pages or so. This novel is part of a series that chronicles the life of the hero Odysseus before the Odyssey.
Full of petty fights between the gods and mortals, love, treachery, loyalty, honour, death, remors
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mythology
It was ok, I felt pretty luckwarm toward this, which is surprising as I loved the Moontide Quartet by David Hair, and this "prequel" to the Illiad certainly sounded like something I would enjoy but it felt so juvenile and again the characters annoyed me a lot, idk maybe I wasn't in the right mood for it. ...more
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David Hair is the author of The Bone Tiki, winner of Best First Novel (Young Adult Fiction section) at the 2010 NZ Post Children's Book Awards. The Bone Tiki and its sequel The Taniwha's Tear are fantasy novels set in New Zealand. David is a New Zealander, who has worked primarily in financial services. He has a degree in History and Classical Studies. He has lived from 2007 to 2010 in New Delhi, ...more

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