Daughter of Sparta

Claire M. Andrews

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Guided by the handsome Apollo, Daphne journeys across ancient Greece to recover nine mysterious items stolen from Mount Olympus before the gods lose their powers and throw the mortal world into chaos in this reinterpretation of the Greek myth.--

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Series
Andrews, Claire M. Daughter of Sparta ; 1.
James Patterson presents.
Subjects
Genres
Young adult literature
Fantasy fiction
Mythological fiction
Novels
Published
New York : Little, Brown and Company 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"Jimmy Patterson books."
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Physical Description
375 pages : map ; 24 cm
Audience
Ages 14 & up.
ISBN
9780316540070
0316540072
Main Author
Claire M. Andrews (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Daphne, a Mothakes (stranger) to the people of Sparta, is a well-trained fighter determined to prove to King Menelaus and Queen Helen that she is as good or better than any other. During the festival of Carneia, when the city competes to renew the blessings from the gods, Daphne's brother Pyrrhus fails to run at a game, so she impetuously takes his place. In the dark forest, she comes across the goddess Artemis, who tasks her with seeking out the source of the Olympian gods' powers and return them. If she fails, she'll be turned to solid gold and her brother forever transformed into a stag. While accepting this quest will mark her as a Spartan deserter, and even more of an outsider, Daphne is determined to show the goddess—and all of Sparta—her worth. The Daphne of myth was a naiad stalked by an ensorcelled Apollo, and she transformed into a tree to escape him. This twist on the narrative is great for readers aging out of Rick Riordan's books. Grades 10-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 7 Up—Nonstop action, drama, and an unforgettable female warrior will keep readers turning pages in this reimagining of the Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo. Seventeen-year-old Daphne Diodorus has been considered an outsider her whole life. Born outside of Sparta but adopted by a senior magistrate family along with her two brothers, Daphne is trained to be an extraordinary warrior. Despite her skill, she must constantly fight for the recognition and respect of her adopted people. An encounter in the forest with the goddess Artemis changes her life when she learns that the Gods of Olympus are weak and losing their power due to the theft of important items belonging to Zeus. Artemis tasks Daphne with recovering what was stolen to save Olympus and the mortal world, which will collapse into chaos if Olympus falls. Artemis binds her with the Midas Curse, a painful golden seal around her body that will kill her if she fails. Daphne also learns that she will be accompanied on this quest by Artemis's brother, the god Apollo, and her love interest and fellow Spartan, Lykou, who has been turned into a wolf. Daphne is an awesome protagonist: fearless, tough, and unforgiving in battle. Her banter and growing feelings for Apollo don't quite make for a swoony romance, and mostly pale in comparison to the never-ending danger, excitement, and ferocious fights. Readers will thrill at appearances from the well-known denizens of Greek mythology, including gods and goddesses, centaurs, the Minotaur, gryphons, and the Sphinx of Thebes, as well as awe-inspiring landscapes like the underworld and Mount Olympus. A glossary proves helpful in deciphering the many terms and objects used throughout. Apollo and Daphne are white and other characters have various skin tones. VERDICT Recommended for all YA collections, particularly where action and adventure stories are in demand.—Kristy Pasquariello, Westwood P.L., MA Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 7 Up—Nonstop action, drama, and an unforgettable female warrior will keep readers turning pages in this reimagining of the Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo. Seventeen-year-old Daphne Diodorus has been considered an outsider her whole life. Born outside of Sparta but adopted by a senior magistrate family along with her two brothers, Daphne is trained to be an extraordinary warrior. Despite her skill, she must constantly fight for the recognition and respect of her adopted people. An encounter in the forest with the goddess Artemis changes her life when she learns that the Gods of Olympus are weak and losing their power due to the theft of important items belonging to Zeus. Artemis tasks Daphne with recovering what was stolen to save Olympus and the mortal world, which will collapse into chaos if Olympus falls. Artemis binds her with the Midas Curse, a painful golden seal around her body that will kill her if she fails. Daphne also learns that she will be accompanied on this quest by Artemis's brother, the god Apollo, and her love interest and fellow Spartan, Lykou, who has been turned into a wolf. Daphne is an awesome protagonist: fearless, tough, and unforgiving in battle. Her banter and growing feelings for Apollo don't quite make for a swoony romance, and mostly pale in comparison to the never-ending danger, excitement, and ferocious fights. Readers will thrill at appearances from the well-known denizens of Greek mythology, including gods and goddesses, centaurs, the Minotaur, gryphons, and the Sphinx of Thebes, as well as awe-inspiring landscapes like the underworld and Mount Olympus. A glossary proves helpful in deciphering the many terms and objects used throughout. Apollo and Daphne are white and other characters have various skin tones. VERDICT Recommended for all YA collections, particularly where action and adventure stories are in demand.—Kristy Pasquariello, Westwood P.L., MA Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Guided by the handsome Apollo, Daphne journeys across ancient Greece to recover nine mysterious items stolen from Mount Olympus before the gods lose their powers and throw the mortal world into chaos in this reinterpretation of the Greek myth.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

To save the gods’ powers, warrior Daphne, guided by Apollo, must find nine mysterious items that have been stolen from Mount Olympus—a perilous journey that will pit her against the very gods themselves. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In this thrilling reimagining of ancient Greek mythology, a headstrong girl does whatever it takes to rise up and become the most powerful fighter her people have ever seen.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 so hard to build. Nine mysterious items have been stolen from Mount Olympus and if Daphne cannot find them, the gods' waning powers will fade away, the mortal world will descend into chaos, and her brother's life will be forfeit.Guided by Artemis's twin'the handsome and entirely-too-self-assured god Apollo'Daphne's journey will take her from the labyrinth of the Minotaur to the riddle-spinning Sphinx of Thebes, team her up with mythological legends such as Theseus and Hippolyta of the Amazons, and pit her against the gods themselves.A reinterpretation of the classic Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo, Daughter of Sparta by debut author Claire Andrews turns the traditionally male-dominated mythology we know into a heart-pounding and empowering female-led adventure.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In this thrilling reimagining of ancient Greek mythology, a headstrong girl becomes the most powerful fighter her people have ever seen.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 so hard to build. Nine mysterious items have been stolen from Mount Olympus and if Daphne cannot find them, the gods' waning powers will fade away, the mortal world will descend into chaos, and her brother's life will be forfeit.Guided by Artemis's twin—the handsome and entirely-too-self-assured god Apollo—Daphne's journey will take her from the labyrinth of the Minotaur to the riddle-spinning Sphinx of Thebes, team her up with mythological legends such as Theseus and Hippolyta of the Amazons, and pit her against the gods themselves.A reinterpretation of the classic Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo, Daughter of Sparta by debut author Claire Andrews turns the traditionally male-dominated mythology we know into a heart-pounding and empowering female-led adventure.