A winged adventure – part 1

Hey you all! Last week I perused the Internet for new books to add to my to read list. Not that I have a lack of reading material haha, but hey, every once in a while you just have to put some new titles on your neverending list 😉 On my search I came across a series of  six books that sounded totally awesome: The Pegasus series by Kate O’Hearn! Most of you guys and girls can probably guess what happened next … Yeah, I totally caved and instead of putting the books on my to read list, I put them in my shopping cart and raced to the virtual checkout 🙂

I confess the covers helped persuade me, just look at the one of the first book ❤

the flame of olympus

And as if that wasn’t enough this is the description

When Pegasus crashes onto a Manhattan roof during a terrible storm, Emily’s life changes forever. Suddenly allied with a winged horse she’d always thought was mythical, Emily is thrust into the center of a fierce battle between the Roman gods and a terrifying race of multiarmed stone warriors called the Nirads. Emily must team up with a thief named Paelen, the goddess Diana, and a boy named Joel in order to return Pegasus to Olympus and rescue the gods from a certain death.

Along the way, Emily and her companions will fight monsters, run from a government agency that is prepared to dissect Pegasus, and even fly above the Manhattan skyline—all as part of a quest to save Olympus before time runs out. 

But, did this book live up to the expectations the cover and description gave me?

Heck yeah! I loved this book!!! Let me try to explain what was so good about this story ❤ Main character Emily is one of those fun characters who instantly pull you into their story. She’s sweet, kind, loyal, independent and strong. The death of her mother hit her hard and she’s still trying to cope with it, while also caring for her dad who is a cop and works his ass off to protect the citizens of New York. Needless to say her life hasn’t been easy lately. Then one day a terrible storm hits the city and Emily hears a crash on the roof of her building. She decides to find out what the crash was and discovers something surrealistic: the mythological stallion Pegasus is lying wounded amidst the remnants of her mom’s rosegarden. And that’s where the adventure starts! Along the way Emily will find new friends and undiscovered powers within herself.

I also loved Paelen’s character. At the beginning he comes across as arrogant and selfish, but soon you find out that there’s so much more to him. I liked how he learned to trust people and that he too has worth and purpose within the pantheon of Roman deities and as a person. The way in which he found his courage and stepped up to save everyone was really cool.

Joel is another one of those characters who instantly win your heart. He’s really caring and nice. I loved his tender heart and really felt for him when I discovered what happened to his family and to him after losing them.

And Pegasus ❤ What’s not to love about him. If you’ve read more of my reviews you probably know I have a soft spot for animal characters and Pegasus was one of those animal characters who instantly steal your heart and make you want to read further.

But not only the heroes of this story are fantastic, the antagonists are really cool too. On the one hand you have the Nirads, beings with four arms and a skin as tough as stone which is seemingly impenetrable. On the other hand there is the CRU, a secret government organization tasked with researching the extraterrestrial and supernatural. In their quest for knowledge and answers they will stop at nothing, not even torture of children, to find what they are looking for.

Besides the cast of awesome characters and side characters this story has so much adventure and suspense. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop! From the battles on Olympus, to Pegasus crashing in Manhattan, to the Nirads infiltrating New York and the CRU capturing the heroes. Every scene is brimming with tension, emotion and fantasy. The combination of the fast pacing and the non-stop action ensures a thrilling read you won’t be able to put down!

If you’re looking for a fast-paced children’s fantasy adventure which uses Roman mythology, has awesome characters and lots of emotion and suspense look no further because this book has it all!

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