Review: Daughter of Sparta
Title: Daughter of Sparta
Series: Daughter of Sparta #1
Author: Claire M. Andrews
Release Date: June 8,2021
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Find it here: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 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.
My Review: I really loved diving headlong into an epic quest filled with Greek Gods and Goddesses and a very stubborn heroine. I enjoy Greek mythology and though my knowledge on the subject isn't great, I still felt the author did a really great job weaving in the different gods and their abilities. Daphne made for a really great MC. She has a take no crap attitude and is brave and determined without being annoying or idiotic. The choices she made in the book felt true to her character. I loved the added banter and humor throughout the story that really lifted it up. Some of the scenes are a bit dark and the humor really helped break those up. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Greek myth retellings and fantasy books with epic quests.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*