Talia Redowl, daughter of the goddess Athena, expected - and definitely wanted - to work for her mother when she graduated. In particular, she was hoping to be assigned as an aide to her older sister, Danae, their mother’s Avatar.
So when Talia’s graduation assignment is to become the Avatar of Hades, the legendarily anti-social and brooding god of the Underworld, she protests…the position has gone unfilled for two thousand years. Why her? Why now? The Fates weave a tangled web, and more is at stake than Talia’s plans for her own future.
But before she can take up her new post, Talia Redowl must die.
Death is just the beginning…
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Make no mistake, this is a Young Adult novel with all the teen romance that implies. Unlike most of the genre it starts with the protagonist already aware of the supernatural world rather than being thrust into it unexpectedly. With engaging characters, well written worldbuilding, and a unique take on greco-roman mythology the only things holding it back are the plot twists so obvious it's hard to believe the protagonist took so long to figure them out.
I like the confident writing voice, the good pacing, and the richly imagined (and updated!) mythological world. The author has a clear love for mythology and has done his research. I loved the little touches, like that unopened large jar that keeps hinting at being Pandora's Box. The female characters have fascinating conversations and I'm drawn into their struggles. There's a good deal of promising setup. I'm intrigued, and looking forward to reading more!
A nice urban fantasy where fantasy means a contemporary take on the ancient greek mythos. The characters, action, romance and plot are all sufficent. The mystery forms the overarching backbone of the narrative and is interesting enough if the reader is invested in the characters.
It is its own 'original' story with its own set of characters with the the greek gods quite distinct from their ancient telling or other authors takes on them. For the better (as the reader gets a new story and characters) for the worse (no Diomedes who faced down Aphrodite and Apollo then teaming up with Athena to face Hecktor and Ares in the Illiad for instance).
The plot hits all the right beats for your standard novel. The pacing suffers when read in chapterly releases that is typical of web ficition. On one had this allows for a satisfying conclusion at the end of 'book one' one the other it mean relatively long wait times to find out what happens nexts in the story.
A rather safe plot with a happy ending. Safe in that death is not real signifcant threat as the main is buddy-buddy with the god of the underworld. Saving her friend and keeping him in her life early on in the story. Pleasant to read if your stressed etc but unfortunately tension is key to emotion impact. With weakened stakes comes less drama stakes. The cuteness of the romance balances with the mystery and the action for a good story if read as a book.
The setting is perhaps the weakest writing area. The detailing is good enough and on location descritpion are sufficent. But with the exceptation of perhaps the underworld there is not much world-building. I am not entirely sure of the purpose the greek gods fulill in the world. I guess like most urban fantasy they deal with problems of the world itself seperate from humanity but loosely tied to them. Only the fact that humans go to the afterlife after death is the only direct signifcant joining of two other distinct worlds. It is understandble why humanity remains ignorant but what do the gods do with all their immortal time that makes them signficant to humanity?
The action scences are engaging but neither grisly, absurd, nor are the stakes really ever set high for them to be particualry memorable. The choice allow the author to focus on fun character interactions and yes fun fight scenes with monsters and more.
Grammar is overall sufficent, I noticed one minor mistake (which I have forgotten about). The writing style generally follows ccontemporarytrends of focusing on detailing character and plot (and 'safe' action as well), which makes an easily digestible reading experience.
In conclusion, I had an enjoyable time reading Pluto. Once book 2 is finished I plan to give it a read as well.
Really enjoyable story that has me hooked. Has the feel of Percy Jackson for grown ups. Lots of mythology references, including some less well known characters. Interesting story, realistic characterization, well written, with nice long chapters.
Give it a read and follow. I did!
Magusjosh is a superb writer. They have crafted a story that is epic, the characters are full of life and depth. The grammar and style are very well done. Pluto the MC is great, smart, decisive and does her job exceedingly well. The supporting cast is wonderful. My only complaint is the excessive cliffs and in only published once a week.
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From reading this, I was getting the feeling of other's authors work on this subject. Gods showing off their newer colours, how they have changed over time, and how they can change because of the people around the. Neat stuff
Style isn't too exceptional. Very showy. Helps with fight scenes but not to an extent where I call it perfect. Grammar is good enough.
One of the bests stories ive read in a while, excellent writing, amazing characters and a satisfying ending. It was a pleasure to read and it fully deserves 5 stars. If anyone is on the fence about reading it I'd thoroughly reccomend giving it a shot. Now I'm off to shift through the authors other works to look for more hiddem gems.
A thoroughly entertaining read. New and different take on several older mythological tales including multiple religions in a beautifully blended story with a pov from an Avatar MC. Tidy mini stories, built into one lovely long to read tale. Includes a quiet same-sex romance,with little to no difficult to read passages.
This is a great read for anyone, especially those who enjoys mythology. I can't be sure in terms of accuracy when it comes to the depictions of the Greek god characters and myths, but that shouldn't matter. I enjoyed the ride.
The style of writing is in the First Person narration, Author has done an excellent job at depicting the MC's thoughts, personality and opinions throughout.
Grammar is a bit of a stickler at times, and nobody is perfect, I saw barely any mistakes beyond a few 'typos' that slipped passed. There was a couple of occasions where a sentence didn't make sense and I had to re read it a few times, but overall, the story has very good grammar.
Story is engaging, kept me bing reading, and I finished the entirety of book one and two in two days. (I like to think I'm a fast reader, and I have a lot of spare time on my hands.) The plot is interesting, there are hints of what is happening and the mysteries can be, in part, sussed out before the big reveal, however, to me, the overall story is only one halve of what makes this story great. The endings of Book 1 and Book 2 are great and left me satisfied.
Characters are great, fleshed out, and explored. I'm sure some people will find an issue or two with something another, but overall, I enjoyed the characters, pretty much all of the characters a lot, and can't think of a single thing I can say negative about the Authors depiction of them.
Overall, this story is character driven as much as it is plot driven. With mysteries and exploration of mythological legends mixed in to a more modern take of the gods and their roles from Greek and Roman Mythology.
I really enjoyed reading, and if the Author decides to return and write more of Pluto's story, I'll be very happy. I feel there could be more written, more stories to tell, and more things to explore. Whatever MagusJosh decides, I'll look forwards to it.