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Daughter of Sparta

(Daughter of Sparta #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  4,232 ratings  ·  846 reviews
Sparta forged her into a deadly weapon. Now the gods need her to save the world!

Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis—who holds Daphne's brother's fate in her hands—upends the life she's worked
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published June 8th 2021 by Jimmy Patterson Books
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Jun 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
this story is basically the entire percy jackson series and all the greek myths squeezed into one book.

obviously, i approve. lol.

this is a really entertaining story and i think readers who enjoy quest-based plots will have a lot of fun with it. i really enjoyed how this shows the fickle, almost cruel, nature of the gods. their characters arent downplayed at all and i found the unsoftened portrayal of them to be refreshing. i think it helps that daphne is a total boss and can hold her own against
Booktastically Amazing
~Special thanks to Netgalley and Jimmy Patterson Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!~

When you find a book that you actually like, and you just stand there.
-Booksy, 2021

I can honestly say, I squealed for about five minutes after having found out that they actually let me read this.

Rating: 🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪 4.7 awestruck stabby stabby fwends

I need Dr. Booksy to take the floor now because Booksy is crying in pain as to why this had to end.

*cleans glasses*
*clears throat aggressively
Lia Carstairs
One of my most anticipated releases for 2021 and I have to say that it was a disappointment :(

I'm a sucker for Greek Mythology. Even more so for enemies-to-lovers, so when I heard that Daughter of Sparta included both of which I loved -- well to say that I was excited is an understatement. Unfortunately these high expectations I had were not met *depressed*

“You think we gods play such petty games with our powers, but they are nothing compared to the games mortals would play with just a s
Sep 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
Did somebody say...


*punches TBR button with fist*
aly ☆彡 (slow response; is sick)
Before I start with the review, please know I'm at the bottom of the caste when it comes to Greek mythology because let's be real: I barely grasp my full history, and what makes you think I have the full idea of other culture's myths in my brain (but there's always Google so all is cool)

"A threat to you is a threat to me, kataigida"

Daughter of Sparta is a reinterpretation of Daphne and Apollo, transforming what has historically been male-dominated mythology into a thrilling and inspi
Lucie V.
Spartans don’t fear death. Death fears them.

✅ Mythology / Gods
✅ Action
✅ Plot
✅ Fast pace
✅ Kickass main character
🆗 Hate-to-love (kind of) / Romance

Daphne is a young woman living with her two brothers and adoptive parents in Sparta. She is not seen as a true Spartan, however, and will forever remain a mothakes, a non-spartan who is not allowed as many liberties as true-spartans are. Daphne spent her life training and fighting, hoping to one day be seen as something more than a mothake
Helena Paris
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.


- Ancient Greek setting
- Daphne on a quest
- Artemis, Apollo, etc
- And even better...ENEMIES TO LOVERS!!!
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I might be a bit biased, but this book changed my life!
this book has ENEMIES TO LOVERS TO ENEMIES?!!!?!!!?
Sep 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
I'm all here for Daphne spilling the blood tea on the Greek gods. ...more
Cindy ✩☽♔
Rating ~2.5?

I really wanted to love this one, but sadly did not. I didn’t care for the romance and overall the events that took place just felt far too easy. It shouldn’t feel so easy to best the gods, who all the mortals claim to be so clever.

The greatest indicator that the book did not resonate with me is that I don’t feel all that compelled to pick up the sequel. Might I eventually pick it up? Possibly. But I’m not at the edge of my seat gearing up and eager to do so.

This book feels forget
☀︎El In Oz☀︎

Well that was rather disappointing:/

* spoilers for book below *

I feel like I shouldn’t be surprised with this, because one of my main issues with mythological Retellings are the fact I usually don’t like how the authors interpret it. I love the MCU’s interpretation of Norse Mythology and Madeline Miller’s Greek mythology Retellings, but I didn’t like this one. Perhaps it’s because it strayed a little too far from actual myths, or maybe because I flat out was bored.

The plot was so action packe
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Daphne and Apollo is one of my favorite myths. This is definitely a fun reimagining of the classics. I don't know if this will be accuarate for everyone but it gave me the high action Xena vibes I missed from when I was a kid! Also, Apollo has my heart. ...more
Jun 05, 2021 marked it as to-read
I'm obviously going to read this because Madeline Miller has given me a taste of Greek mythology that I just cannot turn away from.

Plus, female-led adventure? I'm in!
Who doesn't like a born-to-be-a-warrior female protagonist?
Claude's Bookzone
Jul 06, 2021 marked it as dnf
DNF 51%

I might try this another time. It has everything I love, but for some reason I'm just not drawn to the characters.
Overall Rating : B

"A well-matched army may battle for years, even decades, numbers diminished by foolish actions, battles won by wise men. But even the most powerful army can fall from a single misstep."


I'm loving this whole "Greek-retelling" stories, and this was a good addition to all the other books coming out. But like with most Greek stories, this was mostly focused on the quest instead of the characters. People introduced - even gods - are there and gone with barely a nod. Even the main ch
Jesse Ruth (The best boyfriends are book boyfriends)
Thank you Netgalley and Little Brown Books for this incredible arc!

Daphne is a young woman living with her brothers and adoptive parents in Sparta. However, she is not seen as a true Spartan but as a kind of Outcast. Daphne has the opportunity to take her brothers place in a popular race to catch a stag and return with the garland it's wearing. Little does she know her life is about to change when she meets Artemis and agrees to help her.

This book is about an incredible quest full of danger an
I have been waiting for so long to get my hand on Daughter of Sparta and let me tell you - I wasn't disappointed at all. Well, I guess in a way I was a little but that's due to the lack of romance throughout this. Yeah, we get hints and maybe a kiss or two.. but that's it. Ugh. Don't give me chemistry and then basically zero romance. It just didn't make sense to me.

Other than that, I really liked getting to know Daphne. Even though we started off knowing how her douche of dad really thought of h
Valerie May
3.95 stars

I am so thankful that the kind of plot twist I've been avoiding is not in this book! This book is so full of adventures with like little to no time at all for the MCs to rest. It's fast-paced. It's like an enemy or a problem, or an adventure appears quick enough one after another. If you can consider fighting to death, escaping, solving riddles, battling monsters, gods, bandits, and whatnot an adventure, that is.

The romance is not that intense, a bit lacking in my opinion, especially
~3.5 stars~

I'm a sucker for Greek Mythology. Even more so for enemies-to-lovers, so when I heard that Daughter of Sparta included both of which I loved

If you know the original tale of Daphne and Apollo, you would know that their romance was doomed from the start. Apollo was obsessed with Daphne after being struck by Cupid’s arrow, but Daphne was struck with an opposing lead arrow. So while Apollo was madly in love with Daphne, she was repulsed by him. Eventually, Daphne plead to her father, the
Jun 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology
This is by no means a bad book, but I think it would've benefitted from a slightly slower pace. I think the author should've spent more time on character development, because as it is, I wasn't super invested in any of the characters. There was some excellent retelling of the Greek myths. but I was occasionally frustrated by Daphne's character, and her romance with Apollo felt off to me. ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

If you’re a fan of YA fiction and Greek myths, then you’re in luck. Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews is a reimagining of the tale of Daphne and Apollo, taking readers on an adventure which puts them up close and personal with some of Greek mythology’s most famous legends and figures, including the Minotaur and the labyrinth, the riddles of the Sphinx, Hippolyta of the Amazons, and many, many more.

The novel begins
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the publisher for the free copy of this book!

This action-packed book follows Daphne as she's recruited to save the powers of Olympus and save the life of her brother and maybe lover. But if you're looking for a close resemblance to the Greek myth, you won't get it. But that's OK. I had loose knowledge of the tale ( I had to wiki it soon after finishing the book lol) so this was all new to me. I loved how to changed and I loved the liberties the author took in this retelling. I found th
Andreea Zelenyak
Jul 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Not bad, not bad at all! I was gonna skip this one but I gave it a try (because, female worrior Alert!!!! ) and Oh, Boy..this was good! The main character was a bit annoying but Appolo (the god of poetry music dance…) made it easy to bear :)))
It was fast paced and to be honest, I’m a sucker for ancient Greek mythology.
Mar 22, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Lost track of the number of times our badass protagonist got captured. Too many instances of people certainly going to die but somehow surviving. An opponent getting elbowed hard in the throat and struggling to breathe suddenly letting out a scream as he attacked was yet another example of the author not understanding the limitations of the human body when harmed. With a story this reliant on the action you can't be this bad at writing fight scenes.

Inspired a mini rant against the number of fant
Carly Lyn
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daphne is a Spartan warrior who’s tough, impatient, and determined. She forms a complicated alliance with the god Apollo as they set out on a journey to save Olympus and her brother. At first Apollo seems arrogant and full of himself, but I love when his vulnerability and humanity is revealed. A great deal of research has clearly gone into this book. The action and drama is truly cinematic. This would make a fabulous film or Netflix series. The writing is poetic and evocative—the adventure compe ...more
Ashley Haas
Jun 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sexy, Greek god or loyal wolf shifter BFF?? I’ll take one of each. Thanks.😘

ATTRACTIVE WOLF SHIFTER BFF is like the new(ish) YA fantasy trope and I am so here for it!

I’m now convinced that in order to have a successful YA fantasy book it must include a sexy man who shape shifts into a wolf! (Throne of Glass, From Blood and Ash etc) 🐺💜🥰

ANYWAYS, the wolf shifter friend is only one of the many things that makes this book so enjoyable. I feel like SO MUCH HAPPENED! It was non stop action!!
May 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. There were moments I LOVED... but unfortunately they were few and far between.

The concept is amazing - revisiting Greek myths through a feminist lens with most of the slants close enough to the myths with which we are already familiar that it becomes completely believable that it could have happened this way instead. Our heroine is Daphne, who I initially loved... but this lessened as the story went on. Some of her decisions and reactions were questionable, and I'm sorry - but I just
June Hur
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so HYPED for this book
Sanja ✵
I think this book was too much and not enough at the same time. For starters, it’s crammed with as much Greek mythology you can manage to fit in one book. It really shows that the author was dedicated to the work and tried to include so many aspects. But I felt like it became a bit too much, there were so many names and things happening that they all sort of blended together.

Non-stop action with different characters and creatures in every chapter. When the book never slows down to let the reade
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Claire was raised in both Alaska and Scotland, but currently lives in Vermont; when not writing, she can usually be found outside swimming, skiing or hiking across the state’s famous green mountains. Her YA debut, DAUGHTER OF SPARTA, released June, 2021. BLOOD OF TROY forthcoming September 6th, 2022.

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