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Skies of Olympus by Eliza Raine consists of the first three books in The Immortality Trials series. Nothing’s more dangerous than when the gods of Olympus get bored. The gods have created a new form of entertainment: a series of trials that will offer the survivors a chance to win the gift of immortality. Lyssa has kept her distance from the gods, content to live her life on her ship with her crew. Everything she’s worked for is thrown off course when she ends up with a tank containing a mysterious creature, a stranger that makes a deal to join the crew, and the goddess Athena appearing with an offer Lyssa can’t refuse. When Athena asks Lyssa to take part in the trials, she discovers that her father, the famous Hercules, is one of the contenders. Lyssa would do anything to keep him from gaining immortality and to finally avenge the murder of her family at his hands.
Eliza Raine delivers a stunning and epic tale of adventure and revenge that brings to life a world of Greek mythology with a fresh twist on the legend of Hercules. Lyssa’s journey is poignant and emotional in her drive to avenge her mother and brother by preventing her father from gaining immortality. The trials give her an opportunity to face her past and to confront her father after all this time while also giving her a chance to prove herself and to explore some self-discovery about her life. The story is told through multiple perspectives which include Hercules, Hedone, Eryx, and Evadne, who are the others in the competition.
This volume consists of the first three books which focus on the first three trials and include epic moments from the myths: hunting down a stag, facing the Nemean Lion, and battling the hydra. Raine delivers classic moments inspired by the legends told with complete originality and flips the tales as you know them for new adventures, unique interruptions, and harrowing dangers that perfectly capture the tone of Greek mythology. The world of these Greek gods is shown in a way that’s new and exciting. The trials are dangerous and deadly with different perspectives and thrilling suspense. Everyone that loves Greek myths and epic tales will be captivated by Skies of Olympus and won’t be able to put it down.