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Daughter of Sparta

(Daughter of Sparta #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  365 ratings  ·  149 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, 400 pages
Published June 8th 2021 by Jimmy Patterson Books
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Claire While Daughter of Sparta stands on its own, the book ends with the potential for future books in a series, with several questions left up in the air.

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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
Sep 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
Did somebody say...


*punches TBR button with fist*
Lucie V.
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
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 mothakes
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!!!
Lia Carstairs
i have to say im kinda disappointed :(

but Daphne is truly a queen🔥




Pre-read Review:

Apollo as a love interest is something i never knew i needed in my life🥺🥺
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
this book has ENEMIES TO LOVERS TO ENEMIES?!!!?!!!?
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I might be a bit biased, but this book changed my life!
Sep 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
I'm all here for Daphne spilling the blood tea on the Greek gods. ...more
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
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?
Jesse Ruth (I need all the book boyfriends please)
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
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
Cindy ✩☽♔
Dec 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
Ordered my copy today! =D
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Since I am not all that familiar with the many Greek legends I had to google Daphne and Apollo, and I must say I am quite intrigued at the prospect of how this retelling might go. Enemies to lovers would seem the most likely path and I, for one, am on board for that!
☀︎El In Oz☀︎
Okay y’all but enemies to lovers to enemies?????? My feelings are gonna become so messed omg😭
Greek Mythology inspired with a quest, what more do you need to convince you to read this??

Edit September 23: that cover ain’t it for me, but maybe it’ll grow on me
this sounds fantastic
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
Celia McMahon
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
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
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
June Hur
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so HYPED for this book
Julie - One Book More
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Daughter of Sparta is a captivating and immersive quest story that follows Daphne as she tries to save the powers of Olympus. Set in ancient Greece, the novel is a retelling of Daphne and Apollo, but it is very different from the original story. I’m a fan of Greek mythology and appreciate how well the author interwove the stories of the Gods and Goddesses into this novel. It definitely gives you a different perspective of some of the classic God and Goddesses like Apollo and Artemis, which I fou ...more
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
Elliott Womack
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read every draft of this book before Claire sent it to her agent and editing team, and I was hooked from word one. It's such a gripping tale! I really enjoyed Daphne and her trials, and the worldbuilding is superb, even as it's rooted in real-world history.

All in all, would definitely recommend to a friend, and I am wholeheartedly looking forward to doing so!
Richel (letsreadshallwe)
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Update | May 24, 2021

“What good are kisses compared to the bite of steel?”
“You’ve got much to learn if you don’t know that a kiss can be just as deadly as a sword.”

Daughter of Sparta, as the blurb suggested is a reinterpretation of the classic Greek mythology of Daphne and Apollo. And while I adore most retellings and reimaginings, Greek mythology is an unfamiliar territory to me. Hence, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Daughter of Sparta other than my most basic knowledge (which is almos
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received this book as an eARC from Netgalley. All opinions are my own!

All Daphne wants is to be a true Spartan, but when an encounter with the goddess Artemis places her in the service of the gods, she finds herself thrown into a quest to save Olympus and the world. She must find nine objects that were stolen from Olympus or face the downfall of both the gods and mankind alike.

The first thing that struck me about this book was how Greek mythology and its retellings were finally finding a femal
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of fast paced adventures, chosen one trope, a fiercely competitive heroine and lots of banter, this one is for you! Also, there is some forbidden romance going on and I am here for it! The author does an amazing job of filling in any information you would need about the gods if you aren’t super familiar with Greek mythology like myself! While I’ve always enjoyed learning about it, it’s not something I actively seek out, so this was a super fun read! Definitely already in need of ...more
Janna G. Noelle
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
In ancient Sparta before the time of Trojan War, Daphne is a mothax, a non-citizen of Sparta who along with her two brothers was adopted by a Spartan family when they turned up as orphans. As a mothax, Daphne is viewed as lesser than the Spartans, an outsider, when all she wants is to feel like she belongs. This desperate need drives her to train endlessly at arms, seeking to become a warrior worthy of the famed Spartan army, even though as a woman (and a mothax) the odds of her ever being permi ...more
Carly Heath
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm reading this now and simply love how cinematic it is! This would make a great movie or Netflix series! ...more
Abbi :)
Jun 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Daughter of Sparta is a good book. Especially for a debut novel. At least objectively.

It was pretty solid. I enjoyed the plot which was fast paced and I thought all the characters were likable. And I’m a sucker for anything Greek mythology. It had a lot of things going for it. I was even really into it for the first 80% or so, buttt right around there was when I realized I had some issues with it.

First of all, the Greek terms. I knew what none of them meant. Upon finishing this, I learned ther
Apr 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

“The gods are envious of us. They will never understand the beauty of watching the day pass and knowing that it could perhaps be your last. They will never experience the bitter taste of fear as it floods your senses, or the sometimes bittersweet ache of pain.”

I have a weakness for gorgeous covers and Greek mythology. And Daughter of Sparta boasts both!

Daughter of Sparta is a fast-paced action-driven fantasy with an addictive storyline. No joke, the author does not let up
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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, is forthcoming summer 2021.

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