- Book Title: The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter
- Category: YA Fiction, 300 pages
- Genre: Fantasy
- Publisher: Month 9 Books
- Release date: April 18, 2017
- Tour dates: Sept 18 to Oct 20, 2017
- Content Rating: PG + M (No f-words but there may be some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as “damn”, “hell” and “Oh God!”, some depictions of violence. No drug use or underage drinking. Some semi-mature themes – suggestion of sexual misconduct by certain characters, but not the actual performing of it.)
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-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.
Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus’s quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.
On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.
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Guest Post: How did you do research for your book?
The setting for THE SKY THRONE is ancient Greece specifically, in the close lens, with the vast ancient world at large filling out the background. The one feature of my story that stands out is that it is pre-human. Only deities exist all across the world.
So in researching, I familiarized myself with every aspect of ancient Greece, from the flowers that grew where, the types of food eaten, the manner by which people wore cosmetics and lightened their hair.
But foremost, my research surrounded analyzing Hesiod’s Theogony. This document, being the most agreed upon creation myth for Greek mythology, served as my guidepost. Even though I re-imagined the Olympians and some Titan children as teenagers attending rival academies, I still followed the general plot flow of the original text.
Additionally, because I weave in myths from other pantheons, I had to research them too to ensure that timelines and subject matter fit in with the main story I am telling.
In terms of sources, I have many books on Greece and mythology. Like so many. But I also relied heavily on Internet searches and Google maps. I tried to make sure that I cross-referenced two or three Internet sources.
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Chris Ledbetter is an award-winning author of short fiction and novels for young adults. “Jason’s Quest,” a short story retelling of the Jason and Medea Greek myth was published in the anthology, Greek Myths Revisited. His first full-length novel, Drawn earned him two awards, Library of Clean Reads Best YA 2015 and Evernight Publishing Readers’ Choice Award Best YA 2015, as well as a USA TODAY “Must Read” recommendation. His second novel, Inked, concludes that duology. The Sky Throne is his newest young adult novel. The second book in the series is set to release in 2018.He’s a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. He now writes and lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.
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