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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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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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.