When Pegasus crashes onto the roof of Emily’s Manhattan apartment, her life changes forever. Emily is thru into the center of a fierce battle between the Roman gods and a terrifying race of multiarmed stone warriors called the Nirads. She must join forces with a thief named Paelen, the goddess Diana, and a boy named Joel to return Pegasus to Olympus and rescue the gods from certain death. Along the way they will fight monsters, run from a government agency that is prepared to dissect Pegasus, and even fly above the Manhattan skyline… It is all part of the quest to save Olympus before the Olympic flame burns out.
While Olympus is under attack from the Nirads who seek to extinguish the Olympic flame and destroy Olympus, the thief Paelen is seeking to acquire the golden bridle of Pegasus and control the magical creature. But the moment he manages to retrieve the bridle, lightning strikes nada he and Pegasus are sent crashing down into New York City. Paelen ends up in a hospital and Pegasus lands on an apartment building with such loud noise that it attracts the attention of a young girl named Emily. It doesn’t take her long to figure who this beautiful, but injured, mythical creature is. But if Pegasus exists that means all the other mythical beings must exist as well, right? Immediately Emily enlists the help of a quiet school mate, Joel, who happens to be obsessed with Pegasus and is quite familiar with Roman mythology. Soon the adventure begins to help Pegasus heal from injuries, figure out why he ended up in New York, and how to keep his presence a secret.
When the Nirads appear in New York it doesn’t take long for people to notice, and soon Emily and Joel will team up with her police officer dad and Diana, Olympian and sister to Apollo, to protect Pegasus from the Central Research Unit and figure out how to save both worlds from destruction. All the while Paelen is locked up at the CRU facilities and being question by secret agents who, for obvious reasons find him a suspicious character and don’t believe his story of being from Olympus. In a race against time to save humanity and Olympus from complete destruction and reignite the Olympic flame this group of heroes will have to work together for different reasons to save themselves and each other.
I love reading Rick Riordan so seeing this using famous mythological figures I knew I had to check it out. I really loved the story and the interaction between mortals and immortals was fantastic. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series very soon. Kate O’Hearn does a wonderful job of mixing modern society with ancient mythology and fans of Percy Jackson will want to check this out. Definitely 5 stars for this one and a fantastic read for readers 8 and up.