Phoebe Katz is a 12-year-old who seems to be followed by problems no matter where she goes. All her life she has been a foster kid. She has been tossed from place to place as an outcast, no matter how hard she tries to fit in. A school day goes awry, and Phoebe discovers that she is the daughter of Zeus and that she can harness the power of lightning. Ares kidnaps her social worker, Carl, the one person who has always been there for her. Phoebe is determined to save him. There is a prophecy stating that she will destroy Olympus unless she collects six talismans and alters her destiny. Phoebe and her friends face many obstacles on the quest to rescue Carl.
The Eye of Zeus is a heartwarming story with a surprising heroine. The characters are well developed, and the dialogue felt authentic. There are incidences in the book that are reminiscent of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The storyline is an excellent mashup of modern life and the legends of Greek mythology. Alane Adams does a wonderful job of providing context clues and simple descriptions to give the readers a basic understanding of each mythological reference. Though the story references Greek mythology heavily, the plotline is highly original.
I was captivated by Alane Adams’s imaginative world of Ancient Greece, and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. I was fully immersed in the story and felt a sense of adventure as I cheered for Phoebe to overcome seemingly impossible odds. I will recommend The Eye of Zeus to my friends, and I will read it to my children.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher, SparkPress, for review.