Sparta forged her into a deadly weapon. Now the gods need her to save the world!
Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis—who holds Daphne’s brother’s fate in her hands—upends the life she’s worked so hard to build. Nine mysterious items have been stolen from Mount Olympus, and if Daphne cannot find them, the gods’ waning powers will fade away, the mortal world will descend into chaos, and her brother’s life will be forfeit.
Guided by Artemis’s twin—the handsome and entirely-too-self-assured god Apollo—Daphne’s journey will take her from the labyrinth of the Minotaur to the riddle-spinning Sphinx of Thebes, team her up with mythological legends such as Theseus and Hippolyta of the Amazons, and pit her against the gods themselves.
A reinterpretation of the classic Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo, Daughter of Sparta, by debut author Claire M. Andrews turns the traditionally male-dominated mythology we know into a heart-pounding and empowering female-led adventure.
Retellings to do with Greek Mythology are my jam. I will always read them and drool over them and love them. I can’t get enough, and so when I saw the words Daughter of Sparta I knew I had to have it. I honestly hadn’t heard anything about it before I read it. In fact, it didn’t seem that anyone was really talking about it. But I knew I was going to give it a try. I had no expectations going into this book, and I will say I was blown away by this book. I didn’t think I would be, but I was.
Daphne was a great character in this book, and I loved her strength and perseverance, but also how she knew when to ask for help. This also holds one of my favorite tropes in fiction: enemies to lovers. Although it was more like enemies to lovers to enemies. I felt that Daphne was well developed and made you want her to succeed. I loved her attitude and how she approached problems.
Apollo was also a great character. Mind you, there are some similarities with the actual god we know from mythology, so be aware that it isn’t going to be all that similar. But I liked him as a character as well. I did find him annoying in an endearing type of way.
Their banter was top notch as well; very enjoyable. Their relationship as it develops from not liking each other, to friends to romance and then to something else was a great plot point. We get to see Daphne being strong and in charge.
We run across several prominent figures in mythology in this book as well – and I love how it’s done. A highly creative take on Daphne and Apollo that we know from myth.
This book sucks you in and doesn’t let you go — I could not put it down for anything. I loved the writing and the pace and the plot. All of it worked well together for me, and I greedily devoured each page and hoped for more. It’s easy to get invested in this plot, as it is very much a take on the tasks that many heroes go through in Greek myth, except this time we get to see a woman do it instead. I love that about this book.
This was a solid YA fantasy/mythology book. I think those that enjoy Greek myth/retellings of any sort will like this one.
I am ridiculously excited for the next book in this series because I cannot wait to see what happens to Daphne and Apollo…